The University of the South Pacific (USP)’s Lautoka Campus hosted the fifth USP Student Association Council (USPSA) federal meeting last week.
Held at the Campus’ Lecture room on the 15th and 16th September, the meeting was officially opened by the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni on Thursday.
In a very inspiring message, Dr Luveni spoke about her personal experiences, highlighting the important life lessons she learnt along her career path that led to her success.
She said there was a lot to be learnt from our senior citizens. “The reason this government is providing them with not only monthly allowances, but also monthly food vouchers, is so that they can continue to enjoy their lives with dignity and to feel useful to their families with their contribution to the family life. There is so much to learn from them to help us in our leadership roles,” she said.
Dr Luveni said it was also essential to accept changes for the betterment of our career. “When a new system is introduced into your normal working life, and a reform is warranted particularly where good leadership is crucial to improve performance and achieve positive results, try it – who knows it may be better than all other systems you know,” she said.
Speaking on personal development, Dr Luveni said it was “an on-going experience for growth and we must grab all opportunities available to us at any time in our life”.
The meeting was preceded by a two day workshop held at Nadi where the representatives from the 14 regional campuses of the USPSA were trained on Professionalism. This was conducted by the USPSA’s Secretary General.
The Chairperson of the USPSA’s federal body Nimerota Jim Brown of Cook Islands said some of the Associations were new and the workshop would help prepare them to effectively deal with student issues in a professional manner whilst also make them aware of important matters pertaining to students.
The federal body’s Vision and Mission was also created during the workshop he said.
The formal meeting at the Lautoka Campus was to formalize on the procedures, discuss financial matters and reports from branch
Primary purpose of the formation of USPSA in 2009 was to allow USP students to be represented by a committee where they could voice their grievances and concerns.