History

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:

  • A Supportive Learning Environment: CUP University’s appreciates the opportunity to develop personal relationships with students who desire to build on the spiritual foundation that our learning environment provides. Faculty members are committed to help each student grow as a whole person.
  • Small Class Sizes: Our average class size of 15 students or less encourages interaction between students and faculty as well as among students. You’ll enjoy a high degree of personal attention that may not be possible in larger school settings.
  • Highly Qualified Faculty: Our faculty members are trained professionals with expertise in their academic fields. Focused on serving the Lord and their teaching, many have made CUP University their home.

 

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:

  1. School of Apologetics and Theology:
  • Bachelor of Theology – 3 years
  • Bachelor ‘i he Teolesia – 3 years
  • Master of Theology – 2 years
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Thesis) – 3 years
  • Doctor of Ministry – 3 years
  1. School of Business and Law:
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) – 3 years
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Management) – 3 years
  • Master of Business Administration – 2 years
  • Master of Global Business – 2 years
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Thesis) 3 years
  1. School of Education:
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) – 3 years
  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary Education) – 3 years
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) – 3 years
  • Master of Education (Education Administration) – 2 years
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Thesis) – 3 years
  1. School of Computer Science:
  • Bachelor of Computer & Information Science – 3 years
  • Master of Cyber Security – 2 years
  • Master of Forensic and Information Technology – 2 years
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Thesis) – 3 years
  1. School of Science:
  • Bachelor of Science (Criminal Justice) – 3 years
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Science) – 3 years
  • Master of Science (Mathematics Administration) – 2 years
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Thesis) – 3 years
  1. School of Aviation:
  • License for Private Pilot – 6 months
  • License for Commercial Pilot – 12 months

 

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:

  • Certificates (Level 4)
  • Certificates (Level 5)
  • Diplomas (Level 5)
  • Advanced Diplomas (Level 6)
  • Bachelors (Level 7)
  • Postgraduate Certificates (Level 8)
  • Postgraduate Diplomas (Level 8)
  • Masters (Level 9)
  • Master of Philosophy (Level 9)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Level 10) 
  • Doctor of Christian Ministry (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.  

  • 9 in 2005,
  • 9 in 2006,
  • 19 in 2007,
  • 9 in 2008,
  • 14 in 2009,
  • 12 in 2010,
  • 25 in 2011,
  • 22 in 2012,
  • 20 in 2013,
  • 65 in 2014,
  • 53 in 2015,
  • 32 in 2016,
  • 46 in 2018,
  • 72 in 2019.

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!