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First Post COVID-19 Face-To-Face Open Day Hailed A Success

University of the South Pacific Lau­toka Campus direc­tor Doctor Pramila Devi has hailed the campus’ open day on Friday a success.
24 Sep 2022 14:02
First Post COVID-19 Face-To-Face Open Day Hailed A Success
Students of Nadroga Arya College during the USP Lautoka campus open on September 23, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

University of the South Pacific Lau­toka Campus direc­tor Doctor Pramila Devi has hailed the campus’ open day on Friday a success.

This is after a lapse of two years when mass gather­ings were restricted and led to limiting the annual event to being held online.

“There’s lot of excitement and we are expecting 22 schools from the Western Division with more than 1300 students from those schools,” she said.

“They were representa­tives from the public sec­tor, private sector as well as NGOs.”

She said USP students volunteered as tour guides for the influx of secondary schools pupils throughout the Western Division who arrived in numbers at the Lautoka Campus to view the various department booths that displayed their respective courses offered.

“We have a very good exhibition of all the pro­grammes that USP has to of­fer and there are six schools at USP, who are partici­pating in this exhibition. USP Pacific TAFE, which has two colleges. Both pre-degree and skills based qualification are exhibited today” she said.

She said the USP Lautoka campus’ was continuing with community educa­tion offering a wide range of courses, short courses, training, in house training, based on the demand from the industry in the Western Division.

She said there was a high demand in caregiving train­ing.

“It has a lot of demand be­cause people want to learn about caregiving, some do it to learn the skills so that they can look after their family members, others for job-related purposes,” she said.

There were also new cours­es exhibited at the USP Lau­toka Campus open day such as a short course in paralegal, Chinese language and cul­ture courses as well.

Lautoka has on offer both social classes and credit courses and stu­dents pursuing a degree could pick Chinese as an elective.

Ba Sanatan College Year 13 student Anushika Rishal Lata said she may have her sights set on pursu­ing a Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) however she is glad that the University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka campus open day provided course options for her to consider.

“I am a pure science stu­dent and I’m really inter­ested in nursing but I saw there were some other courses here which were available,” she said.

“Even though I wanted to do MBBS, I was really hap­py that I came here.

“I’ve got pamphlets and I am going to discuss this with my parents,” she said.

Kamil Muslim College year 13 student Areeb Ali said he was impressed with the courses showcased at the open day however he had selected his subject combination of Account­ing, Economics and office technology to align with the course he would pursue next year.

“There are very good courses here, good cut off marks. I found the human resource management courses really interesting and I plan to take up Human Resource Management next year,” he said.

Story By: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj



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