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Make Best Use Of Orientation Week: Usamate To Students

  The greatest gift anyone can give you is the freedom to think  on your own and this is something you must cultivate while you are here at the University
29 Jan 2019 09:20
Make Best Use Of Orientation Week: Usamate To Students
Minister Jone Usamate during the launch of USP orientation week at the Laucala campus on January 28, 2019. Photo: Neelam Prasad

 

The greatest gift anyone can give you is the freedom to think  on your own and this is something you must cultivate while you are here at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

These were the remarks by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management & Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate, during the launch of USP’s  Orientation Week at the Laucala Campus yesterday.

While addressing first year students he said: “I urge you all to really make the best use of this week and get to know USP, the services available and it will help you become much more productive in the shortest possible time.”

He commended the support rendered to USP by member countries.

Minister Usamate said the  National Toppers Scholarship Scheme (NTS) and the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS) had given every student in Fiji who qualified for tertiary education the opportunity to study further.

“These initiatives have been looked upon as possible models for the rest of the Pacific,” he said.

“In the 2018-2019 Budget a record of $1 billion was allocated to education of which $123.8 million  was for the higher education sector.

“This is the first time the Fijian Government has set aside such an amount for a single sector.

“An additional $46.5 million and $43.8 million was provided to extend the TELS programme and to increase the number of awards provided under the National Toppers Scheme

“The Government is also offering 20 full time dedicated scholarships under the scholarship scheme for students with special needs.”

He added Fiji had dramatically increased funding in the TELS programme by 30 per cent to cater for the increasing number of students.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of USP professor Pal Ahluwalia said the orientation week was to prepare students before classes begin.

“University life is not just about attaining an education, it is about a fundamental opportunity to think critically and come up with new ideas,” Professor Ahluwalia said.

“It is about giving back to the people who have supported you to get here and it is about being ethical and transparent.

“This university is about Pacific values and it is these values that will guide you over the next few years.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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