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1321 To Graduate From USP This Year

A total of 1321 students of the University of the South Pa­cific will graduate in a series of ceremonies this year starting yesterday at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala. The
21 Sep 2018 11:00
1321 To Graduate From USP This Year
The USP Graduate on September 20,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

A total of 1321 students of the University of the South Pa­cific will graduate in a series of ceremonies this year starting yesterday at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala.

The Vice-Chancellor and USP president, Professor Rajesh Chan­dra, said that this was their biggest number for this year’s September graduation.

“It is 11 per cent more than last year,” he said.

“Since its establishment, the uni­versity has issued close to 60,000 qualifications, testifying to its foun­dational role in the tertiary educa­tion of our member countries and in their development as noted by many leaders and ministers.”

Mr Chandra noted that the 2018

September graduates were as

follows:

  • 39 per cent from the Faculty of Business and Economics,
  • 15 per cent are from the Facul­ty of Science, Technology and Environment
  • 18 per cent are from the Facul­ty of Arts, Law and Education
  • 28 per cent are from Pacific TAFE.

 

He also said that 64 per cent of the graduates were women.

While 28 per cent will graduate from Pacific TAFE with sub-degree and pathways qualifications, 42 per cent of students will graduate from undergraduate programmes (certifi­cates, Diplomas and Degrees), 20 per cent will receive postgraduate cer­tificates and diplomas and nine per cent will graduate with a Master’s Degree.

Mr Chandra said that six students were graduating with Doctorates of Philosophy (PHD). There were also students from 18 countries who were graduating which included ten non-member countries

“This is testifying to the growing international profile and attraction of USP,” he said.

In addition the President of Kiri­bati Taneti Maamau, who was the chief guest of the ceremony, had commended USP’s role in promot­ing sustainable development in the Pacific through its graduates.

“The growth and sustainable devel­opment of our Pacific region can be attributed to USP,” Mr Maamau said.

He congratulated the graduates and told them that they were among the region’s best skilled academics.

The graduation at the FMF Gymna­sium continues today.

Edited by Percy Kean

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