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Continuing education & TVET: an alternative system at the University of the South Pacific

Bakalevu, Salanieta and Narayan, Neelam (2010) Continuing education & TVET: an alternative system at the University of the South Pacific. COMOSA: Journal of Open Schooling, 1 (1). pp. 43-52. ISSN 0976-0407

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The University of the South Pacific (USP) is one of two regional institutions in the world. The USP region that covers 12 Pacific Island countries – Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – traverses a large ocean mass and five time zones. The geographical isolation of the small island nations together with the sharp information differential in the region have made distance and flexible learning the logical and most convenient approach right from the beginning and in this new era. The map on the next page shows the wide distribution of the USP region. The University has pioneered distance and flexible learning and teaching since the 1970s through its Extension Services. Since opening its doors in 1968, the University has shown an ongoing, deep commitment to fulfilling the challenge of providing the best quality of education for the people even as the circumstances of the region continued to change. It has been an active partner in the total development of its member countries and the region in the last forty years. With a total enrolment of slightly over 19,000 students (2008) studying in all 12 countries the University of the South Pacific is the premier provider of quality tertiary education in the region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 23:19
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 08:13

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