USP maintains global ranking

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University of the South Pacific vice-chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia meets with students of Sigatoka Methodist High School during the USP Open Day at the Laucala campus in Suva on Friday, September 29, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has once again been ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

The Times Higher Education World University Ranking assesses the performance of universities on the world stage and provides performance data of universities to students, parents and other stakeholders.

Speaking to the media yesterday, USP vice-chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia said this was the third time they were included in the rankings and they were really proud of it.

“What these rankings do is it not only confirms our excellence, but it also tells us where our weaknesses are and where we have to improve and this is something that we’ve been using these rankings for, is to really tell us where we need to make significant changes and we’ve been continuously making it,” Prof Ahluwalia said.

“The focus of this university and focus of my leadership has been entirely on being a student-centric university and my entire senior management team is focused on that as well.

“So I think, I’m really proud of the fact that we maintained our rankings yesterday, and I’m really proud of our staff, our students, our alumni and our stakeholders because all these things have to coalesce for you to be ranked.”

He said the university was all about making sure that students are placed first that students get quality education.

“And when they come to a ranked university like ours, they do get that cutting-edge research that our people are doing and that research is then brought into the classroom so that there is no real confusion that what they’re learning are some of the best programs available anywhere in the world.

“We have the history, we have the alumni that are some of the best-known leaders of the Pacific, literally in every government in our region our graduates are there, and also there is a tradition and a sense of belonging when you come to USP, and for us, we really want to see our students become part of that broader community, which happens actually the minute they step onto our campus.”

Prof Ahluwalia said USP has always had the desire to see students succeed while at the same time taking care of them.

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