Understanding Oceania: Celebrating the University of the South Pacific and its Collaboration with The Australian National University
Paperback | May 2019 | ANU Press | 9781760462888 | 428pp | 234x153mm | RFB | AUD$55.00, NZD$64.99
book is inspired by the University of the South Pacific, the leading
institution of higher education in the Pacific Islands region. Founded in
1968, USP has expanded the intellectual horizons of generations of students
from its 12 member countries—Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands,
Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu—and
been responsible for the formation of a regional elite of educated Pacific
Islanders who can be found in key positions in government and commerce
across the region.
At the same time, this book celebrates the collaboration of USP with The Australian National University in research, doctoral training, teaching and joint activities. Twelve of our 19 contributors gained their doctorates at ANU, most of them before or after being students and/or teaching staff at USP, and the remaining five embody the cross-fertilisation in teaching, research and consultancy of the two institutions.
The contributions to this collection, with a few exceptions, are republications of key articles on the Pacific Islands by scholars with extensive experience and knowledge of the region.