CUP UNIVERSITY BRIEF BACKGROUND
I. BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Christ’s University in Pacific was established in the year 2004 with it first name as known Lavengamalie Christian University and is situated in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Board of Governors agreed to change its name to Christ’s University in Pacific in 2014 and also re-located from Lavengamalie to the CBD of Tonga at Nuku’alofa in 2015. We are grateful for our rich heritage and strong Christian background, which supports the foundation of our university.
The King of Tonga, His Majesty King Tupou VI is the first and current Chancellor of CUP, and we believe that Christ’s University in Pacific has a very promising future.
CUP University is a private, co-educational institution with a Christian philosophy of education. CUP University’s purpose is to provide students with a rigorous, challenging education that is firmly based in the Bible and inspires commitment to Christian service.
For your complete information, CUP University has received our Full Registration in 2018 from the Tonga National Qualification & Accreditation Board authority (TNQAB).
We are proud to say that we are the first locally registered and accredited University in the Kingdom of Tonga.
When you are a student at CUP University you can expect to enjoy several advantages:
II. ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
We started in 2004 with only 2 general education programmes; Arts and Theolgy. At present, here are the academic programmes that we have offered:
III. ACADEMIC DEGREES
In 2005, we awarded at our first Graduation only 1 qualification, Associate of Arts (AA). At present, we award these Academic Degrees from Level 4 up to Level 10:
IV. CUP GRADUATES 2005 - 2019
CUP graduation was started in 2005 and these are the number of students were graduate from each year.
Total number of 410 Graduates throughout these years.
NB.: There was no graduation in 2017.
V. CUP UNIVERSITY FIRST EXTENSION - VAVA’U CAMPUS
Year 2020 will be remember in the future because this was our first CUP Extension to set up at another location. Monday 9th of March, 2020 was the opening of the university's new branch in the beautiful Island of Vava'u. It started with the Foundation level courses and then progress along the years.
Dr. Vili Vailea Saulala (Acting Vice-Chancellor) and Paula Latapu (Registrar), along with the principal of Maama'anga Christian College, Senilaite Tatafu, attended the ceremony. The Director of CUP Vava'u campus, Rev. Lopeti Kafa, was also present along with people from all over Vava'u who attended and witnessed this new stepping stone for CUP.
The opening of the new CUP campus in Vava'u marks an important accomplishment for us, in the hopes that it allows our children to access not only quality education but one that is Christ-centred and Bible-based.
VI. WAY FORWARD
CUP University is a 100% Tongan own university. CUP University is available for anyone (Local, Regional, and Global) to further it study in the tertiary academic field that have explained above.
We do thank the LORD that despite the humble beginning and slow start but the progress is steady and very encouraging. There is a very bright future for Christ’s University in Pacific!
TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!