Where is USP heading amid a gathering storm?

University of the South Pacific staff gathered to press their demands as the USP Council met in November 2023.

In February 2021, the University of the South Pacific (USP) was plunged into crisis when Vice Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia was unceremoniously thrown out of Fiji following a middle-of-the-night raid on his campus residence, accused by the then Fijian government of Voreqe Bainimarama of breaching the country’s immigration laws.

Within months of taking up the job in 2019, a bombshell report by Ahluwalia had alleged widespread financial mismanagement within the university under former administrations. It triggered an independent investigation by New Zealand-based accounting firm, BDO and Ahluwalia’s eventual expulsion from Fiji . . .

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