The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the premier institution of higher learning for the Pacific region and strategically placed in a region of extraordinary physical and socioeconomic diversity. Established in 1968, USP is unique in that it is one of two regional universities in the world – the other being the University of West Indies.
USP is jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries namely: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The University has campuses in all member countries with the main Laucala Campus located in Suva, Fiji. The Alafua Campus in Samoa houses the School of Agriculture and Food Technology whilst Emalus Campus in Vanuatu is where the School of Law is located. The multi-cultural nature of the staff and student body give USP an exceptional character. It is a quality institution producing degrees comparable to those awarded by universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Laucala Campus will host the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress from 8 – 12 July, 2013. The campus is home to the University’s senior academic staff and administrative support personnel. In addition, Laucala Campus boasts key educational infrastructure as well as recreational amenities such as:
- USPNet, a Wide Area Network
- Japan-Pacific ICT Centre
- the Oceania Centre for Arts Culture and Pacific Studies
- the Institute of Applied Science and its internationally accredited laboratory
- Marine Collection
- Fitness Centre
- Food Court
- Shopping Centre
- Medical Centre
- Book Centre
- ANZ & Westpac Banks
The Laucala Campus is just a 10 minute bus ride to Suva, the capital of Fiji, and there is a shopping complex situated outside the campus gates.