CROP ICT WG convenes first meeting for 2018

The Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) ICT Working Group (WG) met at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva on 28 March 2018.

Joining the meeting for the first time were Her Excellency Kim Aroi, High Commissioner of Nauru representing Nauru (Forum Troika) and Small Island States (SIS); Mr Tuaimalo Asamu Ah Sam, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Communication and IT representing Samoa (Forum Troika); Mr Adam McWilliams, Chief Technology Officer as the Pacific Community’s new representative; Ms Alisi Tuqa, Acting CEO Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO); Ms Yukari Ono, Resident Representative and Mr Shin Suto, Assistant Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Mr Simione Bula from the Pacific Disability Forum.

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CROP ICT WG convenes second meeting for 2017

The Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) ICT Working Group (WG) met at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva on 15 August, 2017.

In welcoming the members, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Chair of the CROP ICT WG and Vice-Chancellor and President of USP said the purpose of the meeting was to take stock of where the CROP ICT WG is in terms of completion of some of the initiatives agreed on earlier and to discuss some new initiatives.

Professor Chandra reiterated the importance of the CROP ICT WG under the Framework for Pacific Regionalism saying it is responsible for coordinating the various tasks done by various players in the key areas in ICT. This he said, ensures that all players in ICT are aware of what each one is doing and communicate on a regular basis, to ensure that there is maximum benefit to the region in all the key areas and addresses the needs of the region.

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USP VC Speaks at Commonwealth Broadband Pacific Forum

Over the last decade the region has experienced considerable liberalisation and entry of new service providers in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

This was the sentiment relayed by Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), as part of his goodwill message during the Commonwealth Broadband Pacific Forum 2017 on 25 July 2017 in Samoa.

Professor Chandra highlighted that greater availability of broadband and liberalisation of the telecom market has resulted in falling prices and considerable mobile coverage which improve lives of our people in the Pacific.

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USP introduces Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity breaches are a growing concern, hence The University of the South Pacific (USP) is introducing the Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity which will be offered from Semester 2, 2017.

Offered through the University’s School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences (SCIMS), the Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity will provide managers and practitioners, the skills they need to protect their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and investments.

Students undertaking this programme will be able to apply information assurance principles to cyberattacks, understand the critical risks related to cybercrime, develop pragmatic cyber-defence solutions and govern today’s ICT systems by putting appropriate cybersecurity protections in place.

The programme will cover four courses of which the first course covers Cybersecurity Principles and sets the foundation for the Cybercrime, Cyber-Defense and Network Security courses that follow.

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