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Proceeding on CTA/USP regional workshop on reshaping of tertiary education to meet the global challenges

Hunter, David and Taylor, M. and Luteru, Paolelei (2008) Proceeding on CTA/USP regional workshop on reshaping of tertiary education to meet the global challenges. [Conference Proceedings]

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The recent global food crisis and the continuing threat to sustainable agro-food production systems that small island states in the Pacific region face from climate change, high energy prices, a dwindling natural resource base (land, water and biodiversity) and high unemployment and poverty, require a measured response from the academic community that demonstrates its commitment to addressing social and development challenges. The consequences of these 21st century challenges are on the agenda of Pacific universities and colleges as they seek to identify and implement policies, strategies and programmes that provide their governments and communities with highly skilled, knowledgeable and flexible human resources who can find creative solutions to the problems, and confident in their own indigenous knowledge systems complemented by appropriate external formal and informal knowledge. Universities and colleges in the Pacific should be enabled to adopt modern approaches to stimulating learning, teaching and research, underpinned by training materials and tools that are not only up-todate but also relevant and correspond to the circumstances in which the graduates will pursue their careers in holistic and diverse agricultural innovation systems. The mission of The University of the South Pacific (USP) is to position itself as a Centre of Excellence for all things ‘Pacific’ including pacific values, ethics and knowledge, to promote the statues of the university as an institution of higher learning that is regionally relevant and of high international standing in key strategic areas, encourages high academic and professional standards and quality education, human right, justice, peace and human development, enhances the understanding of many sustainable development and globalization; develops knowledge, skills and values that will benefit all levels of society, applies principles of access and equal opportunity, builds capacity in science and technology and promotes arts and social sciences in education and society. The mission of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP- EU (CTA) is to strengthen information and communication management capacities of agricultural and rural development organizations in the 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. It is also charged with policy and institutional capacity development. CTA is committed to supporting the ACP region in building capacity and strengthening information and knowledge networks to achieve sustainable and measurable impact in the agricultural and rural sectors. In view of the afore-mentioned, the USP and CTA co-organized a regional workshop in Samoa from 10 – 12 September 2008, for high-level representatives representing agriculture and science disciplines of Pacific universities and colleges, and other key stakeholders and development partners, to dialogue and deliberate on appropriate policy and institutional responses for “Reshaping Tertiary Education in Agriculture in the Pacific to meet the Global Challenges”.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
Depositing User: Users 24 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2008 22:13
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 04:41

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