A leading economist in the region has been denied a normal renewal of contract by his University management, on the grounds that he does not publish in international journals.
This economist is well recognized in Fiji and the Pacific as an excellent teacher of economics, as well as being prolific in solid research, consulting, workshop dissemination, and writing, that serve the wider interests of the peoples of Fiji and the Pacific, USP Member governments, and the donor communities, all of whom fund the University.
The unwanted economist happens to be also prolific, despite the military censorship, in publicizing reasoned opposition to military coups as a solution to Fiji’s development problems.
This particular University has recently been appointing expatriates at senior management level, while discouraging and making redundant, qualified, experienced, senior regional academics, some of whom have served the University for decades.
Coupfourpointfive will reveal further details in due course.