5 Apr 2012

USP hoping to boost science enrolments

1:14 pm on 5 April 2012

The University of the South Pacific is hoping to boost science enrolments by building new laboratories and assigning more teachers in the major regional campuses.

The plans are in response to concerns that only few students enrol for science degrees because of poor facilities and equipment.

The Vice Chancellor and President of the USP Rajesh Chandra says there is a demand for science teaching in the Pacific and the University is making it a priority to improve enrolment numbers.

"In the new strategic plan to expand science teaching in the region by building laboratory facilities and placing science lecturers in the major regional campuses. And it is also working with the ministries to see how we can help science be improved in the secondary school system."

Rajesh Chandra says the USP is also working to ensure more science scholarships are offered.