August 31, 2016 8:20 am

Minister launches USP’s Strategic Research Theme projects

There is a need to undertake research to develop new technologies, adapt to them, improve efficiencies and raise productivity. This were the sentiments of the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy at the official launch of the 2016 Strategic Research Themes (SRT)projects at the University of the South Pacific this week. The SRT […]

There is a need to undertake research to develop new technologies, adapt to them, improve efficiencies and raise productivity.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy. (Fijian Government)
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy. (Fijian Government)

This were the sentiments of the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy at the official launch of the 2016 Strategic Research Themes (SRT)projects at the University of the South Pacific this week.

The SRT projects would directly address some of the pressing issues facing USP’s member countries.

Minister Reddy said research must be an objective and rely on the factual findings which will then correspond for positive situational use.

REDDY: “I strongly feel that constructive research is paramount to the success of a nation and important resource facilitation must be adopted to see that it flourishes. Research provides us with the ideas for future plans and it is therefore important that any institution gives full support to its execution.”

Under the USP’s current Strategic Plan, the issues of research are grouped under seven overarching themes that govern the university’s activities in learning and teaching, research and community engagement, namely:

  • Human Capacity Building and Leadership.
  • Economic Growth, Regional Co-operation and Integration for Sustainable Pacific Economies.
  • Pacific Ocean and Natural Resources. Pacific cultures and Societies.
  • ICT and Knowledge Economy.
  • Government, Public Policy and Social Cohesion, and Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change

He  commended USP for its commitment to its member countries and emphasised the importance of research in the sustainable development of a nation.

REDDY: “Given the listed thematic areas, academics needs to develop rigorous research programmes led by experts in each of the areas while ensuring that the research findings are both relevant and influential on the decision making process.”

USP vice chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said the research being undertaken must be applied for the betterment of a nation.

CHANDRA: “The research must be actually applied and should result in some tangible and quick assistance to our member countries. It should empower them or enable them to improve their economy, to improve their productivity and their competitiveness.”

For 2016, a total of 30 projects valued at $1.5 million have been approved.