First and foremost, I would like to thank the Almighty God, who is the ultimate God-head of
Christ’s University in Pacific (CUP), and whose Living Word provides the compass to
righteousness and beacon of hope, that despite all challenges and opposition, His Will and
Word will prevail.
We humbly acknowledge the first and only Chancellor of the University, His Majesty King
Tupou VI, whose vision for education in Tonga has motivated a forward leap in quality
education across the board. Your leadership is invaluable to CUP!
Christ’s University in Pacific was established in 2004 by the late Rev. Dr. Liufau Vailea
Saulala as Lavengamalie Christian University with a critical mission: To provide an
academically challenging, Christ-centred and Bible-based, and advanced-quality education
to students from diverse traditions and low socio-economic backgrounds, which will equip
them to lead and labour as scholar-servants in a changing world.
The Late Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Liufau V. Saulala led the University with great boldness,
vision, and determination to inculcate Christian education from University all the way down
to Kindergarten. The vision fulfilled in 2018, when CUP became the first national university
to be registered with the TNQAB, and accredited in 2019. He expanded the co-operation of
CUP with international universities to bring to Tonga what parents could not afford to give to
their children. He brought Professors from abroad to Tonga, to give learners a taste of lecture
halls in foreign universities. His passing on November 19th, 2020 is an immense loss for The
But the Lord’s work must continue, and the new Chairman, Rev. Nesiasi Kolo and the Board
of Governors has passed the torch on to me. And although the shoes of the Late VC are too
great to fill, I am enormously blessed to have a great Management Team in place. Leading is
Dr. Gladys I. Fonua as Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tau’aho
‘Ahokovi the PVC of Financial Affairs and Deacon Paula Latapu the PVC of Administration
and Student Affairs. Our Research Institute is headed by the research and education
authority, Professor ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki. Here are the Leaders of CUP Academic
Schools: Dean of Business & Law, Associate Professor ‘Aisake Eke; Dean of Science,
Associate Professor Viliami Takau; Dean of Computer Science, Professor Pavel Kromer;
Dean of Theology & Apologetics, Professor Wayne House; and Dean of Aviation, Professor
This Strategic Plan (SP) 2021-2026 is a continuation of the Corporate Plan 2015-2020, and I
wish to thank Dr. Sione Tu’itupou Fotu, who has been appointed to head our Quality
Assurance division, for his valuable input and assistance. His team up with Mr. Tu’amelie Kemoe’atu (Quality Assurance Officer) and Mrs Kilisitina Saulala (Registrar) has benefited
the quality of our operation in term of policies, process, and procedures.
Special acknowledgements to the President of the Tokaikolo Christian Church, Rev. Nesiasi
Kolo and the Church for availing office space for CUP in California, USA; Sydney,
Australia; Auckland, New Zealand. And in Tonga, an extension was started in 2020 in
Vava’u for Foundation level and online studies, and this year the same services were started
in an extension in Pangai, Ha’apai.
In sum, I thank the current Minister of Education, Hon. Hu’akavameiliku and his Chief
Executive, Prof. Tangikina Moimoi-Steen and the Government of Tonga for the collaboration
on all fronts of education. To have been the first institution to be registered as a university in
the Kingdom of Tonga is no small accomplishment. And with the imminent establishment of
the Tonga National University, we wish you the very best.
I pray God’s rich blessings upon each and every one of you, and to everyone in the CUP
global family, let us continue to strive for the best and give our utmost to glorify our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let me close with the words of the Prophet Ezra in I Chronicles
"Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and
the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom,
O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee,
and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it
is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank
Thee, and praise thy glorious name."
“‘Oku ‘O‘ou, ‘Eiki, ‘a e mā‘olunga, mo e mālohinga, mo e lāngilangi‘ia, mo e ikuna,
mo e aoniu; he ko e me‘a kotoa ‘i he langi mo māmani ko Ho‘o me‘a: ‘e Sihova, ‘oku
‘O‘ou ‘a e pule; pea ‘oku tuku tāupeupe atu Koe, ko e ‘Eiki ‘o e me‘a kotoa. Ko e
koloa mo e ongoongo ‘oku mei he ‘Afiona pē fakatou‘osi, pea ko e pule fakaleveleva
Koe; pea ‘oku ‘i Ho nima ‘a e ivi mo e mafai; pea ‘oku ‘i Ho nima foki ‘a e
fakamā‘olunga mo e fakakaukaua ‘o e kakai kotoa pē. Ko ia ai, ‘oku mau fakamālō
atu, ‘e homau ‘Otua, mo fakahīkihiki‘i Ho huafa Ongoongoa.”
1 Kal 29:11-13
Vili Vailea Saulala, Ph.D., M.Phil. (Hons), MBA, Pg.Dip., B.Sc.