Response to Media
Recent comments by our senior academic staff aired on Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme and appearing in the media have been brought to the attention of the University and concerns expressed about their accuracy and propriety.
The University again wishes to make it clear that the views expressed by Dr. Matt Thompson and Mr. Patrick Craddock are their own.
The University of the South Pacific upholds the principle of academic freedom and the right of its members to comment responsibly and within their area of expertise on current affairs.
As outlined in the University’s Code of Professional Conduct for Academic Staff, in doing so, staff must observe the laws of the State and comply with University statutes and rules.
Given the concerns expressed about the accuracy and propriety of the comments made by Dr. Thompson and Mr. Craddock, and to protect the academic freedom of all staff (and thereby ensure collective adherence to the University’s Code of Professional Conduct for Academic Staff), the University has initiated an internal investigation, and will consider appropriate action.
For further queries please contact our Media & Public Relations Coordinator Ana Tudrau-Tamani on (679) 3232039, (679) 9719588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at the Development, Marketing & Communications office.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS MAN, ISSUING "FATWAS" AGAINST REGIME OPPONENTS FROM INSIDE THE USP DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE: Ashwin Raj, STAR Project Manager, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning, Teaching, and Student Services,University of the South Pacific, Private Mail Bag, Suva, FIJI;
Raj to Fijileaks Editor, calling another veteran journalist David Robie "self-aggrandizing foreigner" to Fiji!
Raj calls the pair (Craddock and Thomspon) as: “Ill-informed, self aggrandizing, self-selected moral entrepreneurs. It is all too easy, in this context, for foreign academics having barely spent any significant time in Fiji, to drum up dialectics of freedom and un-freedom. Any responsible academic, as a necessary measure, would have first ascertained and corroborated the facts before making a series of gnomic pronouncements about freedom.”
Fijileaks Editor to Readers: Please scramble for your dictionary to find out what this self-aggrandizing regime puppet is to trying to tell you in his above statement --- gnomic!
Is Raj's comments against his own USP colleagues "responsible and acceptable" under USP's Code of Conduct for Professional Staff?
Fijileaks to MIDA chief: "You should have first ascertained and corroborated the facts before making a series of "gnomic" pronouncements about Craddock and his ignorance about Fiji.”