The newly appointed Director of the University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus, Dr Pramila Devi is already engrossed in her venture to expand and improve the services available to students in the western division.
Being a long serving staff member who had served as the Acting Director of the Campus since June 2009, Dr Devi has a remarkable drive and commitment towards the Campus.
Her down to earth personality and positive attitude is a great motivation for staff.
Dr Devi is delighted to have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development and continuing success of the Campus and is eager to take it to the next level.
She revealed a number of immediate plans concerning the Lautoka Campus that are: - development of the Campus in light of the increasing student enrolment; upgrading facilities and services at the two sub-centres in Sigatoka and Rakiraki and improving student support at the campus with the focus to enhance learning and teaching environment.
“The attempt to accomplish these immediate goals will be done within the framework of the role of the Lautoka Campus in delivering the services of the University to the communities in the Western division of Fiji,” she added.
Dr Devi attained her PhD from Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand; Masters in Media Studies from New School for Social Research in New York; Bachelor in Economics and Sociology from USP; and Diploma in Community Development from USP.
Her doctorate research involves Information and Communication Technology (ICT) modes of communication in distance education and her research interests include ICT, distance learning, media and gender.
She joined USP in 1994 as a Lecturer in Continuing and Community Education (CCE) and has since worked in Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL) and CCE areas at USP’s regional campus based in Lautoka.
In announcing her appointment, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Regional Campuses) of USP, Dr Esther Williams congratulated Dr Devi and wished her well in the new role. She urged all members of the USP family to provide their full support to Dr Devi.