University of the South Pacific

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Suva , Fiji
Laucala Bay Rd
+679 331 3900
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While not necessarily a must-see from a tourist’s perspective, this is the foremost provider of tertiary education to the island nations of the Pacific region. The governments of 12 Pacific countries jointly own the university and mingling among the Fijian students you’re likely to see young academics from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tonga, Vanuatu and Western Samoa. As this is a fee-paying institution, many of the 11,000 or so students rely on scholarships, and the competition for them is fierce. The USP’s main Laucala Campus (built on the site of a New Zealand seaplane base) offers some fascinating people-watching and picturesque strolling through a small botanical garden .

On most weekday mornings, the Oceania Dance Theatre and other performance groups can be found rehearsing in the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture , where you can also see temporary exhibits of paintings and carvings. The uni bookshop nearby is stocked with many texts of Pacific fact and fiction.