Dropouts declining, but education challenges remain

Analysis of 2021 data on student retention and attrition of students indicates that student dropouts are gradually decreasing in the region. Data collected by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and

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The growing impact of technology on education

Technology has had an increasingly significant impact on the education sector, with mobile phone technology upscaling the delivery and accessibility of education in the Pacific, and the growth of artificial intelligence

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Fiji Business Briefs: ANZ survey, Drua sponsorship deal, Raine & Horne reopens

ANZ business survey: Turnover up, profitability down ANZ’s Fiji Business Survey for Q3 2023 has reported a positive upturn in turnover, with 42% of surveyed firms noting higher demand compared to the previous quarter.

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ADB approves financing package to boost Solomon Islands’ education

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday said it has approved a financing package of US$45.7 million to boost senior secondary education and climate resilience in the Solomon Islands. “The Solomon Islands Senior

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PNG students paying teachers

Students of a primary school in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea are paying their teachers their salaries every fortnight since the commencement of the school year. Each week, the 2800 students contribute K1 (US$0.26) to

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USP Council reappoints Ahluwalia

The University of the South Pacific Council has reappointed Professor Pal Ahluwalia as Vice-Chancellor and President. A meeting of the Council made the decision today. It was chaired by the Acting Pro-Chancellor and

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Chinese scientists point to indigenous knowledge

A group of marine scientists from China have used a high-level forum in Fiji to highlight years of research undertakings in the Pacific and to warn of the urgent need to take climate action, pointing to the value of

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USP graduates share their aspirations

Years of hard work came to fruition last week after more than 1000 students received their certificates at the University of the South Pacific graduation ceremony in Suva, with 65% of them women. “As you step out of

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University of the South Pacific leans into AI

While many universities are discouraging the use of ChatGPT, the new AI tool, others are leaning into its use and offering courses dedicated solely to navigating the new technology. Professor Maurizio Cirrincione, Head

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AI and the Pacific

Beyond the hype Meet Joe, Vodafone Fiji's champion customer service officer. Joe is a chatbot, powered by Artificial Intelligence, a 24/7 assistant that was first launched by the company in 2019.  Joe has been hard

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Fiji Budget Debate: TELs change ‘selling out’ students

Fiji opposition parliamentarian, Parveen Bala says the government’s new scholarship system is “selling out of the principle of equal access to higher education, just to keep a badly thought-out election

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UPNG officers suspended, Interim Council probing cash for grades claims

Two officers of the University of PNG’s information and communication technology department have been suspended while investigation into cash-for-grades allegations are conducted, according to chancellor Robert Igara.

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