University of the South Pacific in Fiji joins International Year of Light Community

The International Year of Light will involve outreach and education in all regions of the world, and we are delighted to see a node contact established in the middle of the Pacific Ocean at the University of the South Pacific (USP) located in Suva, Fiji.

The International Year of Light has established a contact node at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji.

University of the South Pacific in Fiji joins IYL
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University of the South Pacific in Fiji joins IYL

The International Year of Light will involve outreach and education in all regions of the world, and we are delighted to see a node contact established in the middle of the Pacific Ocean at the University of the South Pacific (USP) located in Suva, Fiji.    

Founded in 1968, the University of the South Pacific (USP) serves the regional needs of its 12 Member Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa, and the university has campuses in all member countries. USP currently has over 27,000 students from both member and other international countries. USP aspires to be a University of excellence, serving particularly the needs of the peoples of the South Pacific region and the developing world at large. The school of Engineering and Physics (http://sep.fste.usp.ac.fj/), under The Faculty of Science, Technology, and Environment (FSTE), at USP is committed to internationally recognized research which meets the needs and aspirations of Pacific Island communities along with other focused research groups of FSTE (http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=fste_research).

The activities at the USP during 2015 will be coordinated from the School of Engineering and Physics based at the Laucala Campus in Suva by Professor Maurizio Cirrincione, Head of School and Full Professor in Engineering and Dr. Sushil Kumar, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Affairs, FSTE.

An important thrust of USP’s plans for 2015 will be to plan and deliver lectures, public talks, workshops etc. on renewable energy sources, photonics (electromagnetic wave applications) and other related areas.  With the impact of climate change of particular importance in many small island states in the Pacific, having a node coordinating activities in this region is especially important.