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Students Join Yacht Trip

Marine Science and Oceanology students from the University of the South Pacific (USP) yesterday got a taste of what it takes to be a marine science student. Twenty-seven students went
22 Oct 2015 09:20
Students Join Yacht Trip
University of the South Pacific, Second year Marine students Terry William (left), John Weape (middle) assist US environmental science and philosophy student, Robert Kozloff during a voyage on the boat, Robert. C. Seamans yesterday.

Marine Science and Oceanology students from the University of the South Pacific (USP) yesterday got a taste of what it takes to be a marine science student.
Twenty-seven students went on a four-hour sail with university students from the United States onboard the US research yacht, Robert. C. Seamans.
The yacht is being operated by university students from various universities in the US.
As part of a 12-week programme, the US students spend six weeks onboard the vessel and the other six weeks on shore. They arrived on Tuesday.
Second year Marine Science student Viviana Taubera said she learned a lot from the trip and hoped to implement this in the classroom.
“The boat has all the equipment for research and we were able to learn first-hand how they conducted their research with the equipment,” Ms Taubera said.
“By seeing them operate everything onboard the boat starting from sailing, we are able to understand what we will encounter in our work in the future.”
Ofaine Maiyaroi, also a second year Marine Science student at USP, said the trip came at an opportune time.
“Through this we are able to exchange knowledge and ideas and also learn more about sailing and how it relates to our history and culture,” she said.
Ms Taubera and Ms Maiyaroi were part of the 27 undergraduate and postgraduate students from USP who joined the trip.
The US students will travel to New Zealand on Saturday.

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