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Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
USP Suva Fiji Campus
July 25
11:00 2017

University of the South Pacific is committed to providing students with cutting edge Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services to boost their journey towards graduation. During the University’s 2017 Open Day, students will have the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art technology that USP has to offer.

Information Technology Services (ITS) at USP offers a range of services that are aimed at supporting academic, administrative and research activities within the University, including email and personal online services; file storage shares; news groups; printing services; internet services; wireless internet services; lecture broadcasts over a Wide Area Network; computer labs and ICT training programmes.

Some of these services will be put up for viewing during the day and staff will be there to demonstrate and explain how they work.

USP provides global connectivity for its users located across its 14 campuses using some of the world’s most advanced technologies. USP’s communication network is a combination of a high speed internet link, state-of-the-art local area network and server systems along with USP’s unique regional satellite system – the USPNet.  Some of the activities will be to demonstrate how the USPNet is used to deliver education to our regional campuses.

The University also offers free and unlimited wireless internet to all its students. Specific to its Laucala Campus, 95 per cent of student zones, including the residential areas are wireless hotspots allowing access to USP ICT services. This includes but is not limited to internet access and applications for learning and research.

These wireless services have also been extended to regional campuses.Apart from this, student computer labs are available for teaching and research. Several computer labs are open for 24 hours for the benefit of those who cannot book a computer during daytime due to high demand.

 

Centre for Flexible Learning

USP’s Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) is one of the support sections of the University and is part of the wider academic restructuring of the university to align with the introduction of the new USP Strategic Plan 2013-2018. Its broad mission is to lead the enhancement of quality in all aspects of Flexible Learning (FL) design, development and delivery at USP. Specifically the role of CFL is to:

  • Leverage technology and integrate new pedagogies for designing and developing all USP programmes in Flexible and Online modes that exemplify excellence in knowledge creation;
  • Develop collaboratively with faculties, campuses and regional agencies, high quality and innovative learning courses and programmes for the region in both formal and continuing and community education;
  • Provide professional development opportunities for staff and training for students to develop exemplary and innovative learning and teaching practices and skills for life-long learning; and
  • Promote scholarship to undertake practice-based and applied research in the design of Flexible Learning materials and experiences.

This year a “Cinema” theme will be the concept behind CFL’s Open Day activities where film sessions will provide an insight into online learning as well as creating awareness about the core sections and functions of CFL.

As each group of visiting schools arrive, they will be occupied in the ‘cinema lobby’ while the previous group is ‘in session’ watching the film. The film is short, quick, entertaining and informative which ensures quick turnaround time for viewers and viewing. CFL staff will act as ushers and cinema helpers ensuring a steady flow of events to and from the film session.

Students can be rest assured they will see and learn about the different types of support services that are offered via the 3 core units of CFL, to assist the relevant faculties/schools and their students, sections of the University in achieving the goals, vision and mission of USP. At USP we are here to prepare you for the next generation workplace and workforce with the use of next generation learning tools and technologies. Make the right choice and join the USP Community for an enjoyable and exciting life of learning.

 

USP International Office

For 2017 Open Day, the USP International Office will hold a booth at the USP lower rara next to the library. Here students can engage with members of the Japan Pacific Alumni Association (alumni members from the JENESYS programme), Alumni from the USP Exchange programme, current International students and staff of USP International.

Throughout the day a series of quizzes, games, and giveaways will be hosted. Students attending Open Day are welcome to ask questions about USP’s numerous study and cultural exchange programmes and scholarship opportunities to partner universities abroad. The International office currently has 5 staff that are dedicated to providing the best student support services. The office is open five days a week but staffs are always happy to assist students during semester breaks and weekends. Their office interns are also available to show you around the campus and assist students with relevant information for exchange and scholarship programmes.

The staffs at the USP International office assist students with application, visa and immigration, information about partner universities and support information to ensure their study or cultural exchange and scholarship experience is one they will truly cherish.

USP International also caters for International students coming to study at USP. The staff and interns are more than happy to assist new and continuing students with application, visa and immigration, accommodation and settling into their new environment. In addition to having quality programmes and service International students will be able to study at an affordable rate at USP. Our tuition fees, visa fees and cost of living are much cheaper compared to other universities. You will be able to move around with ease and enjoy the great local cuisines at very affordable prices. USP prides itself as a community that promotes a more just and humane world.

The International Office dedicates a day every semester for community engagement with their staff, interns and international students. Last semester the office volunteered at the Fiji School for the Blind for a very interactive day with the children. The International office also connects interested students into volunteer programmes with local organisations. USP provides quality support, learning and teaching through their services being provided.

It has been ranked one of the top 50 in the Oceania region; we strive to improve our services and encourage students to achieve high academic results. USP prides itself on being an institution that awards certificates comparable to Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Our University is classified has one of the best accredited institution in the Pacific Region.

 

Campus Life

The Campus Life section is responsible for ensuring students get a holistic experience of University life and is committed to ensure that no student is left behind in getting the full value of their university experience. Some of the services that it provides include:

  1. Activities and Events on campus – our Activities Office regularly organises various activities and events on campus for students and staff to facilitate the strengthening of a Pan-Pacific and USP community consciousness. Some of the activities include monthly Pacific Market Days, Blood donation drives, Health Week, Family Day, Orientation Week and other recreational events. We organize activities for students keeping in mind our corporate responsibility and encourage a sense of community amongst the students to take pride of being part of the USP Family.
  2. Sports & Recreation – keeping a healthy balance between your studies and personal life is very important. Our sports and recreation office has a range of sports clubs that students can join and take part in sporting events competitively or simply for ‘fun’.
  3. Health & Wellness – we offer a health insurance scheme for our students. While this service is optional for local students, it is compulsory for all regional and on campus residential students. The Health & Wellness Centre on campus provides general outpatient services to all registered students under the Scheme and has a range of other benefits attached to Scheme.
  4. Counselling Services – sometimes we all need someone to talk to and share our thoughts. We have a Counselling Centre on campus that provides confidential professional counselling to all students and staff.
  5. Disability Resource Centre – to ensure that no student is left behind we have a dedicated Disability Resource Centre to cater for the interests of students with special needs. We are continually working towards making our university inclusive for everyone.
  6. Careers Office – to prepare our students for the job market, we have a Careers Office that helps students with CV writing skills, mock interviews and organises various workshops to better prepare students when they apply for jobs. The Office also organises entrepreneurship workshops and an annual Career Fair where students get an opportunity to meet with employers directly and get a feel of what employers require from graduates.
  7. First Year Experience – we understand that adjusting to university life can be overwhelming at times and to assist first year students, we have the First Year Experience office which has a Buddy system to link first year students to senior students for easier transition to university life. With the Buddy system first year students can feel comfortable that they have someone to count on to point them in the right direction and guide them along the way.
  8. Chaplaincy – the chaplain office caters for the needs of religious groups on campus.

 

Pacific Technical and Further Education

Pacific TAFE is a strategically amalgamated and integrated learning and teaching section which offers high quality Skills Based Qualifications (SBQ’s), Foundation and Preliminary studies.

The programmes provide employment opportunities at entry and para professional levels, pathways for higher studies at USP where approved, and career advancement for working people. The four learning and teaching units are;

  • College of Business, Tourism & Hospitality
  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Science, Technology & Environment
  • Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU)

Pacific TAFE has achieved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status with Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).This means that Pacific TAFE can deliver qualifications which are accredited with Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and has global recognition.

Ten (10) of its qualifications have been externally accredited on the Fiji Qualifications Framework (FQF) by Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC). The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations programmes are internationally accredited by International Centre of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education (THE-ICE).

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care programme has international recognition by Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Certificate III in Community Development programme is internationally accredited by Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). The Diploma of Information Technology (level 5) programme has been recognised by Skills International New Zealand confirming that Pacific TAFE’s Diploma of Information Technology (Level 5) aligns to the New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology – Technical Support (Level 5).

Source: University of the South Pacific

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