Regional: Higher Education Assessment

Sovereign Project | 47308-001 Status: Approved


The Small Scale Capacity Development Technical Assistance (S-CDTA) supports capacity development of the University of the South Pacific (USP) to assess and plan higher education sector development in the Solomon Islands.

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Project Name Higher Education Assessment
Project Number 47308-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8511-REG: Higher Education Assessment
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Tertiary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The Small Scale Capacity Development Technical Assistance (S-CDTA) supports capacity development of the University of the South Pacific (USP) to assess and plan higher education sector development in the Solomon Islands.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The ADB's engagement with the education sector in the Pacific and the USP identified a critical importance for USP to optimize complementarity between programs offered by USP and national higher education institutions. By building capacity to objectively assess demand for higher education in each country and to develop a country specific strategy and plan for higher education development, it is anticipated that USP will be able to engage in future such assessments and plans when considering regional campus programs and expansion.
Impact Enhanced capacity of USP to assess investment priorities and plan for higher education development in the region
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome USP makes an informed decision on campus programs and expansion in Solomon Islands
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Supply and demand assessment of higher education in Solomon Islands

2. Financing of higher education assessment

3. Case studies of cost-benefit analysis on investing in new campuses of higher education

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1 & 2. SSTA consultants were mobilized to conduct the demand side of the higher education assessment, the economic/financial assessment, and the environmental assessment. The supply and demand assessment of higher education is completed and a high quality report was produced which together with an initial economic and financial assessment have influenced a major decision to change in campus location (described under Issues section below).

3. An updated economic/financial final assessment for the new campus, environmental final assessment, and cost estimates by the Civil Engineer firm are slated to be deployed in October-November 2015.

Issues: Following the assessments made by the Higher Education Specialist, Economic/Financial Analyst, ADB determined that the Ndoma campus is not viable due to the high costs, some $165 million, to bring utilities and construction to the greenfield site. The first phase of this initiative requires some $106 million, and there are no additional finances secured by USP. The remaining balance under the ADB loan are only approximately $15 million. The TA has been delayed due to the work taken to get to this point. ADB communicated to the USP and the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) that the Ndoma campus should be viewed a longer-term project outside the limited time frame of the ADB loan and that a Honiara-based campus should be prioritized. On July 31, 2015, the Solomon Islands Government notified USP and ADB of approval of a new site for the USP Solomon Islands campus development. Therefore, works must restart on the new proposed site (located adjacent to the King George VI school) in the November 2015 period. The recruitment of an Civil Engineering firm to implement cost-effective campus development design is underway.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation The USP will be the executing agency and will be responsible for guiding and supervising the TA activities, and coordinating with other relevant government agencies and development partners. All consultants will work closely with USP and relevant national and provincial government agencies, local communities, and other stakeholders in Solomon Islands.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require a total of 13 person-months of consulting services (10 person-months of international and 3 person-month of national consultant) . ADB will engage individual consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the TA Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). Five international consultants will be required with expertise in (i) higher education, (ii) civil engineering, (iii) environmental specialist, (iv) social specialist, and (v) economic/financial specialist.
Procurement Procurement under the TA will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Chimi Thonden
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
The University of the South Pacific
Suva, Fiji
Concept Clearance 15 Nov 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval 15 Nov 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Sep 2015

TA 8511-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Nov 2013 - 15 Nov 2013 15 Dec 2014 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 15 Nov 2013 78,568.02

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