Thousands Converge For USP Event

Excited secondary school students ar­rived bright and early at Katonivere ground eager and ready to discover the wide range of programmes on offer at the University of the South Pacific
28 Jul 2018 11:00
Thousands Converge For USP Event
Students of the University of South Pacific Labasa campuse at Katonivere ground on July 27, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

Excited secondary school students ar­rived bright and early at Katonivere ground eager and ready to discover the wide range of programmes on offer at the University of the South Pacific Labasa Campus Open Day.

Katonivere ground was abuzz yesterday with students from 20 secondary schools from as far as Savusavu to the interior of Bua.

A Year 12 student of Holy Family Second­ary School, Varanisese Nainima, was one of the many thousands who were at the ground.

“I am here to get information regarding my career path,” Varanisese said.

“I am impressed with the many career op­portunities, but it’s not easy to decide on your career choices.

“Students are often under a lot of pressure to make their choices. Sometimes students can feel under pressure from family and teachers.

“For example, students who excel at science subjects may feel there is an expectation that they should study medicine, but deep down they are really passionate about engineer­ing.

“So it’s always important to carefully weigh your options. You can speak with people, do your own research and also browse through the internet to see what more information you can get to assist you in making the best decision for you.

“I choose to further my studies at Univer­sity of the South Pacific, so I could not wait to come down to the event to see the many courses the institution offers and the crite­ria for entry,” she said.

Senior students from Savusavu were en­lightened with the presentations and prereq­uisites for enrolling at the College of Science and Engineering.

Year 13 student of Nasavusavu Secondary School Jale Kaukimoce said it was interest­ing to be part of the Open Day as the Gov­ernment-initiated Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB) team was present.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the students, their families and for Fiji because it will help with the country’s economic de­velopment and prosperity,” he said.

“Often we hear from the older generation that they could not afford to pursue further studies and enter the profession they had dreamed of. In Fiji now the education system enables current generations to enrol in their chosen study programmes and go on to do what they love,” he said.

USP assists in North development

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea said the University of the South Pacific (USP) Labasa Campus contributed greatly to the growth and development of the Northern Di­vision, academically and economically.

Mr Vocea said the institution helped in improving and upgrading the knowledge of workers in the effective delivery of Govern­ment services to the people.

“USP has always been a very important partner in terms of the development of hu­man resources especially at management level and we wish to continue with this ef­fective and strategic relationship,” Mr Vocea said.

“Government continues to encourage all civil servants to improve their qualifications with intensions that a well-groomed quali­fied workforce will be able to deliver excel­lent services to the people.

“Government has spent significant funds in the Northern Division in recent years for capital and infrastructure development,” he said.

He said the institution works closely with the Commissioner Office in the areas of cli­mate change, sustainable development and environment.

“The institution assists in capacity build­ing programmes across sectors for construc­tive alignment of Government policies on community leadership,” he said.

“Also in capacity building for local leaders to co-ordinate climate change programmes, basic literacy training for rural leaders and continue training of middle managers,” he said.

Also present were USP’s stakeholders, spon­sors and civil servants who showcased their services and career prospects with their or­ganisations.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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