University’s faculty gets recognition


THE University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji has been ranked in the 501-600 category in social sciences in the 2022 times higher education world university rankings.
The table for social sciences included 870 universities, up from 791 last year.
It highlighted the universities leading in the disciplines of communication and media studies, politics and international studies (including development studies), sociology and geography.
USP vice-chancellor and president Prof Pal Ahluwalia said the ranking reinforced the importance of the university as a regional institution.
“This celebration of ranking most certainly is for our researchers, academics and students who are involved in ensuring that we advance knowledge and continue to be the premier university of the Pacific,” he said.
“We will ensure to continue enhancing our system for our students and we will make sure they continue to get the best education.”
USP’s acting deputy vice chancellor education Prof Jito Vanualailai said the announcement showed the university’s capability to deliver world-class education and conduct high-quality and impactful research in the social and physical sciences.
He said it was an essential measure of academic excellence, and it is encouraging to note that USP has continued to excel from its time of existence.
Prof Vanualailai said that every Pacific Islander, alumni, staff and student should be proud of what their university has accomplished, now that it is ranked in the top 600 to 800 universities in the social sciences, and the physical sciences, respectively.
Acting head of school of law and social sciences associate Prof Sandra Tarte, was thrilled with the achievement by the university.