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Minister Usamate Opens USP Orientation Week

It is that time of the year again when higher education institutions swing into operation mode. The University of the South Pacific (USP) welcomed its new students during its week-long
30 Jan 2018 10:02
Minister Usamate Opens USP Orientation Week
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

It is that time of the year again when higher education institutions swing into operation mode.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) welcomed its new students during its week-long orientation programme, which started yesterday.

Chief guest and Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate, while opening the USP Orientation Week, reminded the new students of its importance.

“Orientation allows students to become productive,” Mr Usamate said.

“It helps students to become familiar with facilities and the resources available to enable them to be as productive as possible.”

The minister then emphasised that the same concept applied in the workforce where new employees were briefed with the goal to achieve the highest level of productivity in the shortest time.

He also urged the students to take responsibility for their learning and familiarise themselves with the school and how to use its resources to their full advantage during the school year.

“I encourage you students to learn to embrace the different cultures and the different ways of looking at things and use this to your own betterment academically and as an individual,” he said.

USP Vice Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said that 200 students had joined the university in 1968 and since then, it had grown to become the premier university in the Pacific with more than 30,000 students.

“It is widely admired as the most successful regional organisation; and is on a very strong foundation to scale even greater heights in the future,” Professor Chandra said.

“The university is very positive about this academic year and I want to thank all the new students who chose USP.”

The orientation ends on Friday, February 2.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj



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