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Alafua Campus preparations for Open Day this year saw much change which contributed to its wonderful success on the day. Guided by a local cultural concept of “E au i le Tauola, E au i le Fagota”, it is an affirmation ofthe University’s role in “shaping students’ future” which was also the 2013 Open Day theme.
The blend of activities commenced with the Official Opening in which the University Council Member and Minister of Education, Sports and Culture of Samoa, Hon Magele Mauiliu Magele graced the occasion. In his keynote speech addressed to the hundreds of students from various schools around the country as well as the local community, he emphasized the availability of opportunities for the young generation as well as the mature people who are keen to continue studies in a multicultural tertiary institution like USP Alafua Campus. He also added that science courses taught through face-to-face is now being planned for Alafua to respond to the demand for improved science qualifications.
The Official Opening concluded with colourful performances from the Solomon Island students and the Alafua Campus multicultural group that provided a sneak preview of what will be offered during the Evening Programme. As well, the new school-based CFS programme was represented and visitors were treated to a performance from them during the quiz session.
College students from around the country and the community were engaged with campus staff and guided by students leading tour groups around the campus and the USP-IRETA farm where quality displays and interactive activities were showcased. The students were also treated to a range of giveaway prizes by answering quick-fire questions from the presenters at tour stops, and during the academic quiz after the guided tours. Booths were set-up by the Local Farmers & Cut Flower Associations, government ministries and the private sector who all rallied together to support and witness this important event on campus. It was indeed a valuable event that provided information, interactive activities, sales of products and farm produce as well as a taste of a variety of island cuisines.
The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Falanaipupu Tanielu Aiafi opened the Evening Programme which topped off the day with student performances from all cultural groups represented on campus and included a group of students from Savaii centre. While also at the helm of the day’s and evening’s events, the 2013 Open Day Chair, Seiuli Allan Alo charismatically remarked during his vote of thanks acknowledging all who contributed in their own way; whether small or great to ensure Alafua Campus’ Open Day 2013 was made a Success as it was!!