As Vice Principal of the Pacific Theological College, I am very pleased to join the Principal in welcoming everyone to a new College year. This year will see another import step toward achieving our plan for recognition as a university by in 2025. We are building on more than four decades of delivering degree level education in and for the Pacific region. The College Council has made the decision that the College will seek University status and will expand the range of its current programmes through a vision for whole of life, community-based education. This transition to university status will involve the creation of two new academic Schools – the School of Ecology & Resilience Development, and the School of Pasifika Philosophies, Education & Sciences – which together with the existing School of Theology & Ecumenism will focus on “whole of life’ education, Pasifika regional stability, Pasifika holistic wellbeing, and transformative leadership for justice.
My role as Vice Principal is to work closely with the Principal, the College Council and Executive, the staff and students of the College and with Pacific communities across the region to help make this vision a reality. I have had the privilege of working in higher education for over 30 years, spending time in the UK, the Caribbean, Australia and in the Pacific, including 10 years at the University of Sydney where I was Deputy Vice Chancellor and most recently for 6 years as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Innovation & International at the University of the South Pacific. It is a great pleasure to now be working with the PTC community on its university transition.
Professor Derrick Armstrong