Regional: Creation of the Pacific Information Superhighway with the University of the South Pacific Network

Sovereign Project | 42291-012 Status: Closed

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Project Name Creation of the Pacific Information Superhighway with the University of the South Pacific Network
Project Number 42291-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7282-REG: Creation of the Pacific Information Superhighway with the University of the South Pacific Network
Government of India US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS:

(i) Expansion of Bandwith. USP has concluded that prior to expanding the bandwidth, various options to improve efficiency and better utilization of the existing capacity will be investigated. This area is being covered by USP's internal studies and relevant assessment/valuation funded by JICA grant. In any case, subsequent bandwidth expansion (as and when required) will involve with recurrent cost and can therefore not be funded thorugh this RETA or ensuing project loan. One of the identified needs is to covert the system to I-Direct. This will result in improved speed for ICT education as well as establish a better platform for the entire USPNet, subject to final technical confirmation. The conversion and related equipment is expected to cost up to $400,000. The Vice-Chancellor requested that the amount be funded from the RETA. The Mission indicated that in principle, this could be done as this has been considered as one of possible components in the tripartite agreement signed in April 2009. ADB will await final decision by USP on the acquisition of I-Direct. JICA supports ADB funding for this component.

However, at the recipients end, namely 12 regional campuses, there are significant requirement for improvement of infrastructure, ICT equipment and network/system upgrade and replacement USP has indicated that such improvement is required in Solomon Islands and possibly in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) where the regional campus caters to a large number of students who are widely dispersed.

(ii) Access to Higher Education. USP has indicated that one of its goals is to bring access to higher education through ICT beyond capacity of each of its member governments. This would involve the capital expenditure and ICT infrastructure and connectivity in the remote outer islands to further promote the outreach programs.

(iii) ICT Curriculum Development and Conversion to e-Learning Materials. USP has indicated that contents upgrade and development constitute an integral part of the DFL development and require external support. While considerable work is ongoing in this area for basic level courses, there is need to develop curriculum for higher courses (200/300 level courses) and in certain subjects as well as for e-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) and new degree programs. JICA is actively assisting in this area through technical cooperation.

(iv) USP's Academic Partnerships. Vice-Chancellor emphasized the importance of the partnership with education institutions in India, Japan, and China. Presently, there is minimal linkage with any institution in India. While such partnership should eventually be advantageous to both parties, it is possible that during the initial years, USP may be the primary beneficiary of such joint programs. With India, VP prefers institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology for engineering, Indian Institute of Management for management, Nehru School and other reputable institutions in the field of econoics.

(v) USP's Main Campus Needs. The master plan for the main campus is being updated and is likely to propose some additional facilities for new programs, conferences, student housing, and other academic requirements. The Mission has been informed that the JICA funding for both buildings of the ICT center are available and the first building will be completed in 2010 and the second in late 2011. USP will advise ADB on specific requirements that they would like ADB to fund once the master plan is completed.

VC mentioned the need for conference halls and possibly USP's Convention center with lodging facility for promoting USP's leading role as the knowledge center in the Pacific and as the center for excellence. Such a project would need to be carefully evaluated for financial viability. For such campus improvement project, VC would like to seek ADB's concessional loan. He felt that USP's unencumbered asset will qualify USP for such a loan

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location PDMCs that have USP Campuses (Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu)

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

-University of the South Pacific

-Government of India (Donor)

-Government of Japan (Implementation Partner)

-Government of Australia (Implementation Partner)

-Government of New Zealand (Implementation Partner)

-Pacific Islands Country Forum Secretariat (Consultation)

-University of West Indies (Consultation)

-Johns Hopkins University (Consultation)

-London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Consultation)

-University of Papua New Guinea (Consultation)

During Project Implementation All activities under the PPTA completed. TA account for closing.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

The ICT Education Consultant (Lead Consultant) had been recruited and services have been completed.

The services of the Higher Education Specialist is ongoing until August 2011.

Recruitment of Economic & Financial Analysis Consultant is underway.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Sunhwa Lee
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
University of the South Pacific (USP)
Suva
Fiji

Timetable

Concept Clearance 16 Dec 2008
Fact Finding 17 Jul 2008 to 22 Jul 2008
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Aug 2008
Last PDS Update 01 Oct 2013

TA 7282-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 May 2009 - 12 May 2009 30 Sep 2010 31 Aug 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 1,050,000.00 12 May 2009 809,435.24

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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