Discussion on student welfare

Monday March 25, 2019 Written by Published in Education

Deliberating on the grievances of the students is the main agenda of the University of the South Pacific Student Association (USPSA) meeting in Rarotonga which starts today.


The four-day bi-annual meeting will be held at the Edgewater Resort and Spa.

USPSA federal body secretary general Emosi Vakarua said they were looking forward to discussing issues concerning the welfare of the students.

Vakarua said the 20th edition of the council will also be attended by the pro-chancellor and chair of USP Council, Winston Thompson and the vice chancellor and president of USP, Professor Pal Ahluwalia.

“The USPSA meeting is where we come and discuss issues dealing with the grievances of the students, development and governance issues among other things,” Vakarua said.

“The meeting will also be attended by USPSA council members from all the 14 regional campuses.”

Vakarua said he was pleased with the local USP campus, saying it was doing well given the population size.

“They are certainly doing well taking into context the population of about 5000 here, the numbers are growing from 200 students last year to 240 this year.”

The acting president of the Cook Islands USPSA Nooroa Tuoro said this was the first time for the country to host this meeting.

“We are really privileged with the opportunity to have this meeting. The council members from all the 14 member countries voted to come to the Cook Islands and they can see for themselves how we are doing. The university here in the Cook Islands has surely grown.”

The meeting will start with a welcoming dinner at The Edgewater Resort and Spa tonight.

Current students and alumni who would like to attend the welcoming dinner can email Nooroa Tuoro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Mani Mate on 50016 for seating.  There are limited number of seats so first in, first served.

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