The Government is concerned about governance issues at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in light of a number of anomalies found by the USP Audit Team and wants the issues resolved quickly.

The Fijian Minister for Education, Rosy Akbar, has expressed concerns
about USP, which continues to be distracted from its core function of
delivering quality teaching and education needed by our Pacific countries to build strong economies and prosper.

She also urged students to remain focused on what is most important – their education.

“As the host country with the largest number of enrolled students, and
by far the largest contributor from the Pacific member countries, Fiji
would like to see the matters resolved efficaciously through the
internal mechanisms of the university.”

“It is clear, after
studying all the material, there is a need to address the governance
anomalies which have disrupted the transparency at the university.”

“A university is a place of learning and we must set an example to
students, our future leaders, that any breach of rules will be
investigated using the proper channels with action taken if and as
appropriate.”

A large number of complaints against the
Vice-Chancellor (VC) have been brought to the attention of the USP Audit
Team prompting the investigation.

The quantity and nature of the complaints were very serious and cannot be ignored.

The VC has been suspended while investigations are taking place, as per the procedure.

“Allegations of Fiji attempting to nationalise USP is untrue and quite
frankly uncalled for. We want to ensure that USP students, including
those from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Nauru and other
countries do not fall victim to issues created by bad governance.”

All USP Council members should be advocating for good governance and transparency and be an example to students.

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