The Campus hosts between 700-1000 students per semester from all over Vanuatu studying certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level programmes using the University of the South Pacific's unique distance education programme. This programme mixes a traditional hard copy reader system with state of the art audio-visual satellite technology and internet access to support students. There are also lecturers and tutors on campus providing face-to-face tutorials and support. In addition to the distance education programme, three of the University of the South Pacific's teaching programmes are based at Emalus: Law, Pacific Languages, and Early Childhood Education. The campus also offers a varied Continuing Education programme and responds to community needs to provide various classes including English and computing and information technology.
In addition to the main campus based in Port Vila, USP also maintains three sub centres in Santo, Tafea, and most recently on Ambae.
The main academic School on the Emalus campus is the School of Law. There are currently twelve full-time members of the academic staff and more than 200 full time students on campus. The relative small size of the Law School means that there are plenty of opportunities for staff and students to interact at both the academic and the social levels. The Law School also has in place a scheme for visiting staff and there is a regular flow of overseas academics and other visitors.
The campus is supported by the Emalus Campus Library, a growing IT Services dept, busy Bursary and Administration sections, and student welfare and health support services. In addition there are cleaning staff, ground staff, security, and catering staff on campus. The distance education programme is administered by the Distance Education and Flexible Learning Centre (formerly known simply as Extension).
Most of the law students, who come to Vanuatu from all over the Pacific, reside in the on-campus accommodation. This accommodation is located adjacent to the campus, providing easy access. Consideration is currently being given to installing computer access points into each of the residences. The residences are served by a common dining hall and common service rooms such as laundry and television lounge. Some students prefer to rent and obtain private accommodation in the town. The city shops and facilities are less than ten minutes away and serviced by a regular number of busses.
Most students participate in the life of Port Vila in some way, for example by participation in sporting events, religious services or cultural activities. With students from so many South Pacific countries present on the campus, the campus environment is interesting and exciting . Students often make reference to this integration of other cultures and the benefits that come from being able to participate in the activities of those from other parts of the South Pacific. In this respect being a student at the Emalus campus is something of a unique experience that adds to the formal learning environment.
The Emalus campus library houses an extensive general collection to support students studying in distance mode as well as the University's main law library which holds a good collection of regional and overseas material and arguably the best collection of Pacific law materials in the world. In addition there is a great body of law in electronic form. Students can access this material via computers in the library or in the well equipped computer laboratories. Library staff are also able to assist students with enquiries concerning access to material not held on the Emalus campus. The library also subscribes to the main daily newspapers in the region.
There are a number of seminar rooms on campus together with a main lecture theatre and a conference room. These rooms are equipped with facilities for the delivery of overheads and power-point presentations.
The pleasant grounds and quiet surroundings are conducive to study as well as to socializing. There is a small canteen on campus, which also has its own nakamal. There is also a bookshop on campus.
Emalus Campus photo gallery
Images of Emalus Campus captured by JICA Volunteer Nobuo Hiroi
Last updated 23 April 2004