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More accolades for USP

The University of the South Pacific was once again ranked highly in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Last year the region’s biggest university finished in the top 10 per cent, an achievement which was hailed as a milestone for the current administration. The critics had attributed this to the work of the previous administration.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assesses universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, where indicators are carefully calibrated to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

An aerial view of the USP’s Laucala campus. Picture: USP

USP Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia, said the ranking reaffirmed USP’s standing as the premier education institution in the region.

“This ranking is a testament to the excellence that pervades our University. It is a recognition of the sheer hard work and determination of our researchers,” he said.

“This is an accolade for all USP staff, students and alumni who have continued to demonstrate what our region can accomplish.”

Well done, says Nauru

Nauru’s President Lionel Aingimea was quick to congratulate the institution. He believes member countries resources into the Pacific institute was justly rewarded.

“As a proud founding member of USP, it gives us immense pleasure to congratulate USP on its ranking in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022,” he said.

Regional students at the USP – Picture: USP

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“Being recognised by the world’s foremost ranking organisation is an outstanding achievement that makes us incredibly proud as people of Nauru and the Pacific.

“Considering our developing regional context, the admission into the global rankings sees USP placed amongst leading universities worldwide and is a tremendous achievement.”

Mr Aingimea has always been vocal with his support for the USP. He had opposed Fiji’s moves to remove Prof Ahluwalia and was critical of the Fijian government’s decision to withdraw their share of funding from the USP.

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