May 23, 2017

USP opens new campus in Marshall Islands

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The University of the South Pacific will open its new campus in the Marshall Islands today.

The $US2 million campus is situated in a renovated section of the Long Island Hotel in Majuro which had previously been acquired by the Marshall Islands government.

The government contributed $US500,000 to the renovations while the USP provided the balance.

The USP’s vice chancellor Rajesh Chandra is in Marshall Islands for the opening.

Mr Chandra said the Long Island campus is the main centre for the USP in the northern Pacific and it can cater for 1000 students, although there are only 500 enrolled at the moment.

“It will allow for all of the current ones and a good amount of future expansion for the students and still a lot of capacity because we have renovated only one building of three buildings.”

“It was a fully functioning Long Island Hotel with the beach and right on the water so probably the most beautiful campus of all our campuses,” he said.

Renovations for the new campus began in July last year.

Reposted from Radio New Zealand website, 23 May 2017