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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Japan to build $19 million complex at USP Laucala campus

The University of the South Pacific today witnessed another milestone with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Japanese Government and the Fiji Government for the construction of an Information and Communications centre at the University.

The construction of the centre, to be funded by the Japanese Government at a cost of FJ$29 million [US$19.5 million], is expected to commence soon.

The project will involve the construction of three buildings with facilities consisting of computer laboratories, conference rooms and a multi-purpose lecture theatre with specialized equipments.

It is envisaged that the establishment of the ICT centre at the University will ensure the South Pacific regions enhanced participation in the global information society.

Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Masashi Namekawa said the contribution from the people of Japan to the University will be an added milestone achievement for students and academics in the region.

Japan’s assistance follows a request from the Fiji government in 1999 before a survey was conducted by a Japanese study team in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

The signing was done between Fiji’s interim Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Ambassador Namekawa in Suva today.

Also present at the signing was the Acting Vice Chancellor of USP, Doctor Esther Williams


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