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USP Plans Better Campuses At Labasa, Lautoka

USP Plans Better Campuses At Labasa, Lautoka
University of the South Pacific Deputy Vice Chancellor Richard Coll (fourth from the left-sitting) at the Labasa Campus on September 4, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
September 06
11:00 2018

The University of the South Pacific (USP) intends to im­prove facilities at its cam­puses around Fiji, including La­basa.

This was revealed on Tuesday by USP’s deputy vice chancellor Mr Richard Coll to staff members and students during a consultation at USP Labasa Campus.

The information surfaced after a final year law student of Labasa Campus, Veresa Taqasi, raised his concern on the need for USP to have its own campus.

“We have so many students now enrolling in Labasa Campus be­cause there is an increased num­ber of programmes offered, but there is not enough space in this rent-out building,” Mr Taqasi said.

“Is there any plan to have our own campus?”

Mr Coll responded that the USP vice chancellor and chair of the council both intended to speak to Government more about how USP could have its own campus in plac­es like Labasa and Lautoka.

“When USP does that it will look at the business cases, facilities, site plan, whether to have in a city or not and many more things,” Mr Coll said.

“It is quite a big decision.”

Mr Taqasi then said the current USP building also did not have the facilities to cater for persons with disabilities and asked if USP had any plans for that too.

“The current model we have is that we provide scholarships to students with disabilities to study at Laucala Campus,” Mr Coll said.

“But, people have requested to have this model in other campuses.

“We moved away from this be­cause it is difficult to do that when you look at each type of disability.

“So our model is to provide all the resources at the Laucala Campus and this includes providing schol­arships to persons with disabili­ties.”

For the past two years those stu­dents who applied got fully funded scholarships.

“However, we are willing and open for further discussions,” Mr Coll said.

Edited by Percy Kean


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