In this innovation driven, open and competitive global economy and society, knowledge is the key driver of economic and social development.
This was stated by Vice‑Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific Professor Rajesh Chandra who shared his insight on the subject of Higher Education in the Pacific in a Public Lecture.
Professor Chandra also highlighted that as the Pacific Islands are now firmly integrated in this global economy, they too need a strong foundation of knowledge to compete successfully and occupy a place of dignity in the international system.
He adds that higher education, including tertiary education, is the foundation of this knowledge economy and society.
Professor Chandra says that this is as true for the Pacific as it is for Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world
He says that the level of participation of Pacific Islanders in tertiary education lags far behind other countries and regions, hence the increasing focus of Pacific Island governments recently to improve their tertiary education development.
A combination of scholars, academics, researchers, students, members of public were provided a platform to engage in discussion on how higher education in the Pacific can be leveraged.
Meanwhile, the USP's Vice Chancellor's Student Forum for 2017 will be held this Friday at the University of the South Pacific, from 2pm‑4pm.