USP Open Day is an annual event in which the University of the South Pacific (USP) embarks on opening its doors to potential students, parents, schools, institutions and other stakeholders, in an effort to market its programs, services and facilities and to reaffirm the place and strength of "our university" in the local community.
This year’s Open Day theme is "USP – Shaping your Future". Emalus Campus will hold its Open Day on Friday, 8th August 2014 along with other USP regional campuses.
It is an exciting day in which potential students, friends and families can visit the different departments on campus, be given advice on the various programs of studies available in USP and can also be shown the various technology tools used by the University in teaching and learning, and also to share in the academic experience of those who live, work and study at the campus.
Download the full Open Day programme here (Excel file).
The main activities and competitions organized for Emalus Campus 2014 Open Day include:
Float Parade on the morning of Friday, 8th August
- Floats by students from different Pacific countries with displays of traditional costumes in line with this year’s theme, "Shaping your Future", led by the VMF band. The parade will start from Saralana Park and go through town to USP.
- USP staff and students are invited to join as the float parade passes the market house and proceeds through town back to USP.
There will also be a number of competitions/activities:
- Law student Mooting
- Library Quiz
Secondary Schools have been invited and will be participate in the following:
- Public Speaking Competition
- Topic: "What is Melanesian identity, and how can it be maintained and developed?"
- Science Poster Competition
- Topic: "Shaping Vanuatu's Approach to Global Warming"
- Mushroom Quiz
- A series of questions; mainly general knowledge that tests students' understanding of USP, the past and current issues of Vanuatu, the Pacific Region and the world at large.
- There will be students games and a general quiz for the public and community at large with instant prizes given to the winners.
To end the day there will be cultural performances by students from different Pacific islands countries. The event will be covered live by Paradise FM and National Radio throughout the islands of Vanuatu.
There will also be a public forum in the run-up to Open Day on Wednesday, 6th August in the Emalus campus conference room from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Topic for discussion: "Crisis in the Vanuatu Health System - Who Can Offer the Solution?"
There will be 6 panelists.
- Evelyn Toa, Deputy Editor, The Independent to present the facts, figures and several details on what is being perceived by the public in Vanuatu as a crisis in the Vanuatu Public Health System as reported by the media over the last 12 months.
- Debbie Fred, Secretary, Vanuatu Nurses Association and Registered Nurse, VCH, Port Vila, giving her story about the effects of the Crisis in the Public Health System on her employment conditions, on the quality of service and on her life.
- Dr. Basil Leodoro, Surgeon, VCH, Port Vila providing an insight on the current status of the Vanuatu Public Health System and where the problems actually lie, what are the real operations issues and what are the impacts of those issues on the quality of health services in Vauatu, with some insight into steps forward to resolve the crisis from a doctor’s point of view.
- Lekima Nalaukai, Assistant Lecturer, School of Economics, Emalus Campus to offer an economic approach towards solving the crisis by presenting some models that may resolve the funding issue faced by the public health system.
- Ephraim Kalsakau, National Secretary General/Treasurer of the Vanuatu National Workers Union offering a perspective on industrial relations as a means to resolving the current public health crisis by highlighting the need for Decent Work principles and how by addressing employment issues it can impact positively on the quality of public health services in Vanuatu.
- Arthur Faerua, from the USP School of Law (Moderator).
Refreshments and kava will be served after the Forum.
All are welcome to attend the Public Forum on Wednesday, August 6 and Open Day on Friday, August 8!