As the leading higher education and training institution in the region, the University of the South Pacific is expected to model “good practice” in governance and management and to ensure that it operates ethical, transparent and effective systems and processes at all levels of its governance, managerial, academic, resource management and financial systems.
The University Council and the USP Management reached the view in 2007 that a comprehensive USP Governance and Management Enhancement & Strengthening Project was required to position USP to meet the overarching goals of quality and relevance and the focus areas of its Strategic Plan. Its aims would be to fulfil the objectives of Goal 5.2 of the USP Strategic Plan 2006-2010 to “Increase effectiveness of governance, administrative and management systems” and to address the recommendations of the external Quality Audit Report 2007 on governance and management.
The New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) as part of its Strategic Partnership with the University of the South Pacific and under its new NZAID programme 2008-2010, has enabled USP to embark on this Project. Through a Grant Funding Arrangement under its Pacific Regional Education Programme, NZAID will provide funding up to NZ$1,201,439 for the Project between September 2008 and December 2010.
NZAID offers the University an opportunity to consolidate and confront the many challenges that face universities in the twenty-first century and enables it to better respond to the needs of its member countries and the region. In that regard, the Project promises to be one of the most important initiatives for the University over the coming years.
The USP Governance and Management Enhancement & Strengthening Project (2008-2010) under the direct oversight and leadership of the Pro Chancellor and Chair of Council, Hon. Fiame N. Mata’afa has three major components: