Friday, August 13, 2010

International Conference on Future Challenges, Ancient Solutions: Host USP in Fiji.

From: Dr S. Ratuva's Desk 

   International Conference on Future Challenges, Ancient Solutions:
What we can learn from the past about managing the future in the Pacific

   29th November " 3rd December 2010  USP, Suva, Fiji Islands

Many challenges face the people of the Pacific Islands in the 21st century. Solutions are needed that are both effective and acknowledge the cultural context in which they will be applied.

The conference on œFuture Challenges, Ancient Solutions  will examine several areas in which there are challenges confronting Pacific people including issues of resource management, food security, sustainable development, cultural transformation, leadership and governance, and see whether solutions were developed in the past in response to comparable challenges. The aim of this conference is to identify those ancient solutions and evaluate their efficacy. The overarching goal is to inform solutions for contemporary challenges, particularly by enhancing their cultural and environmental sustainability to the Pacific Islands context.

Deadline for submission of abstracts for presentation at the conference is the 20th of September, 2010. Registration will close on the 19th of October, 2010. Further information on the conference is available on the conference website

Sponsorship for registration fees will be available to:
a.Students of tertiary institutions who are citizens of the USP region and whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.
b.USP staff whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.

   For further information on the conference, please contact:

   Research Office
   Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research andInternational)
   The University of the South Pacific
   Suva, Fiji Islands
   Tel: +679 323 2397/ 323 2906 Email:

   Dr Sandra Tarte
   School of Government, Development and International Affairs
   Faculty of Business and Economics
   University of the South Pacific
   Suva, FIJI
   Telephone: 323 2577

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