(posted on 19/05/2014)
Vanuatu held its annual ICT Day on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17. The USP Emalus campus was honored to be invited as one of the three main partners of this year's event, which was held in the Seafront park in Port Vila. The theme of the Vanuatu National ICT Day 2014 was "Broadband for Sustainable Development."
As one of the main participants, USP created a float for the opening parade. Our chosen design demonstrated how USP uses ICTs to educate students all over the Pacific region. A satellite dish in the back of the parade truck was linked to the flags of all USP member countries. Regional students, dressed in their traditional costumes, walked next to the float with tablet computers. Despite copious rain, the parade and the USP float were a success.
At the request of the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), USP students also constructed a globe for the VTO parade float. The globe shared the float with the reigning Miss Vanuatu.
The official program began with an address from the new Vanuatu Prime Minister, Joe Natuman. He emphasized the importance of ICTs for increasing educational opportunities for students in Vanuatu.
There were three main offerings in USP's ICT Day tent: demonstrations of video conferencing using REACT; instruction on the use of USP programs such as Moodle and library databases; and the opportunity for members of the public to try out tablet computers. Staff members from USP Student Academic Services were also on hand to answer questions from the public about enrolling in courses in the upcoming semester.
One of the official panel sessions held on the Seafront stage dealt with social media and politics in Vanuatu. One of the speakers was current USP student Witnol Benko, founder of the popular Facebook page Yumi Toktok Stret.
Visitors to the USP tent were given a 14-question quiz about USP and its ICT services. The names of those who answered all the questions correctly were entered into a drawing to win a tablet computer. The winner of the drawing, held on Saturday at 3:00 pm, was 19-year-old student Valma Tari.
Trivia questions relating to USP and Emalus campus were relayed to all the visitors at Seafront park on Saturday afternoon. Correct answers were rewarded with USP-themed items such as pens and coffee mugs.
Individuals returning as students in Semester 2 2014 or entering as new students who registered at the USP tent will also be entered into a drawing for a tablet computer.
The Emalus ICT Day organizing committee would like to particularly thank our student volunteers for their assistance before and during the ICT Day events. We also thank the USP staff members who helped make Vanuatu National ICT Day 2014 a success.