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Vodafone Partners With USP To Build Skills

Vodafone Fiji has signed a partnership agreement with the University of the South Pacific to allow students to gain industry experience. Industry work experience and industry projects by the University
12 Jun 2015 09:35
Vodafone Partners With USP To Build Skills
Vodafone Fiji chief executive Pradeep Lal and USP Associate and Dean Anjeela Jokhan holding onto the partnership agreement at Vodafone headquarters yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

Vodafone Fiji has signed a partnership agreement with the University of the South Pacific to allow students to gain industry experience.

Industry work experience and industry projects by the University are an integral part of Vodafone in building Fiji’s ICT platform and encouraging the young generation become innovative.

Building capacity

Vodafone Fiji chief executive Pradeep Lal said the partnership recognises the importance of skilled workforce and investment in human capital was essential for them.

“This is in order to have requisite skills and knowledge to drive continous improvement and innovation embedded in our organisation culture, our skilled workforce strives for continous business excellence.

“By partnering with the University in this endevour is providing the opportunity for on-field experience to the students in the degree programmes making a positive contribution towards nurturing the skills of our youth for continued growth in our ICT industry.”

USP Associate and Dean Anjeela Jokhan said global award-winning companies like Vodafone, which was locally owned, gave meaning to the partnership.

“Ultimately they are at the receiving end of the graduates that we produce. If they can help produce graduates who are beneficial to them this is the opportunity that they want to take.

“Both of these programmes have provisional accreditation by the Australian Engineering Society,” Ms Jokhan said of Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Net-centric Computing.

For the Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics students are required to undergo 800 hours of industry experience through their four-year study.

The assessments, she added, are done by both the academics and the industry and in this case by Vodafone.

USP also has partnerships the other local and major corporate organisations and is looking to stretch this further to regionally for its regional students.

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