The University of the South Pacific (USP), Nauru Campus has just held their annual open day where people received the opportunity to see what USP was all about and explore its facilities.
Minister for Education Hon Roland Kun, Taiwan Ambassador Hon Timothy Hsiang and Secretary for Education Dr Maria Gaiyabuwere the distinguished guests invited to the event along with Year 12 Nauru Secondary School students and many members of the communities.
The day began with an opening prayer led by Pastor Palik Agir followed by speeches from USP Campus director Mrs Alamander Lautiand and Dr Gaiyabu.
Mrs Lauti welcomed and expressed her delight at the many people present for the day and also shared on the success the campus was having so far in the year.
“This year we had over 100 students enrolled in Semesters1 and 2. We also offered flexi schools with a 95% student pass rate. We are pleased to say that there has been an increase in the number of students studying with us and happy to say that there has been an increase in male presence at the campus over the last 3 years. Our Continuing and Community Education courses have been very popular with various programs in demand by the public”
“We now have over 70 alumni and I am pleased to say that we witnessed 15 students graduating in the Diploma Early Education this year, MBA, and the Bachelor of Arts/Commerce,” said Mrs Lauti.
DrGaiyabu was then called up to share a few words to the students. She spoke on the meaning of the University’s moto-‘Pathway to Success’ and encouraged the studentsto pursue their studies and to be proud of their university.
“It is your pathway to success paved with sacrifices and challenges to reach and achieve their dream requiring dedication and hard work and a lot of support especially from families,” said Dr Gaiyabu.
She congratulated USP for their open day and ended with telling the students to have fun and be academically charged.
Minister Kun also stood and encouraged the university students in their current studies. He mentioned that USP or any other university is a key to reading.
“If you choose a course at university, it’s also known as reading that course, your reading someone else’s experience, your reading someone else’s study into the area that you’re interested in,” Mr Kun said.
Principal legal officer Ms Barina Waqa was the USP student alumni representative and she inspired students on her story of her graduation from USP with an LLB degree.
Afterwards the guests and students took the chance to tour the Campus and its facilities. Entertainment was provided by NSS and several USP students while the guests received light refreshments from the staff and volunteers of the campus.
USP had prepared a free sausage sizzle to all the guests and students and presented all sorts of brochures and booklets on the many courses they provided.
It was a successful day for USP Nauru Campus and the festivities went on throughout the day finally ending with an open karaoke.
USP Nauru Campus was officially opened in October 1987 and is currently located in Aiwo District with 99 registered students for the upcoming semester.