Fisheries postgraduate scholarships for 2010

The University of the South Pacific will now work closely with the premier pacific fisheries advisory organisation, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in strengthening the capacity of Pacific islands nationals in the fisheries sector.

The memorandum of Understanding between the University of the South Pacific and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) was signed at the Laucala Campus today by the USP Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Esther Williams and the FFA Director General, Dan Sua.

Under the agreement, FFA will provide financial support to USP for two postgraduate scholarships in the field of fisheries management and development at one of three Universities in Japan for Pacific Island nationals, FFA will advise and collaborate with USP on preferred areas of fisheries research and study for the scholarships.

USP’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Esther Williams welcomed the initiative saying “This is the first partnership with one of our regional CROP agencies and we are happy to assist you with the management of the scholarship”. The University will provide FFA criteria’s for the selection of applicants for international scholarships, monitor the performance of successful applicants and identify additional scholarships for students to study and undertake research at the USP in the key areas agreed by both parties.

FFA Director General, Dan Sua welcomed the University’s assistance in terms of expertise. “Our first reaction when this came to us was to give to include the people who know training and education. I look forward to working with the University in furthering capacity development in the region” he said.

The FFA fisheries scholarship programme will commence on January 2010.