SUNCITY

Foundation, TAFE Gain Numbers

The University of the South Pacific’s College of Foundation Studies (CFS) and Pacific Technical and Further Education (TAFE) yesterday graduated 1278 students. The Pacific TAFE qualifications at certificate and diploma
07 Feb 2015 15:00
Foundation, TAFE  Gain Numbers
Daya Wati (left), with daughter, Saleshni Chandra after graduating with Certificate III in Early Childhood from University of the South Pacific yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The University of the South Pacific’s College of Foundation Studies (CFS) and Pacific Technical and Further Education (TAFE) yesterday graduated 1278 students.

The Pacific TAFE qualifications at certificate and diploma levels graduated 211 students while 1067 students graduated from the foundation studies.

Speaking at the FMF Gymnasium, USP’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Rajesh Chandra, said they welcomed the large number of students who completed their programme in 2014.

“We expect that many of them will progress to degree studies at USP this year or in the very near future and attend other tertiary institutions,” Mr Chandra said.

He said about 55 per cent of the graduates were from the Solomon Islands, 21 per cent from Fiji, 10 per cent from Kiribati, seven per cent from Vanuatu and three per cent from Tonga.

“The remaining graduates are from four of our other members, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tokelau and Tuvalu, three students were from non-members, Kazakhstan, Korea and New Zealand,” Mr Chandra said.

He also noted achievements of the CFS and Pacific TAFE.

“In line with our Strategic Plan 2013-2018 initiatives of rationalizing and strengthening CFS and Pacific TAFE to provide students with flexible pathways for University studies and technical and vocational programmes, we are pleased to note that much progress has been made,” Mr Chandra said.

He said this was reflected in the rising popularity of the programmes of both CFS and Pacific TAFE.

As of Thursday, the number of applications for CFS and Pacific TAFE were up by 10 per cent compared to last year.

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