The Lautoka City’s Vidilo Street was a hive of activity on Friday 05th August as people flocked in enormous numbers to the University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus’ Open Day event.
About 14 schools from the Western Division were represented in large numbers and each school received a special welcome, followed by entertainment, tour of the booths and finally a tour of the Campus and refreshments.
This year’s Open Day was organized on a grand scale, with the three faculties of USP – Faculty of Arts and Law; Faculty of Business and Economics and Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) present. The displays by the FSTE were one of the most striking attractions. Students were enthralled by the presentations by the School of Engineering and Physics; School of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematical Sciences; School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, a and School of Marine Studies and they eagerly engaged themselves in the interactive sessions.
The Continuing and Community Education staff were also present with their brochures, handouts and other informative display to assist domestic workers, school drop-outs and other mature age category of prospective students interested in getting trained in Aged and Child Care or keen on acquiring or enhancing other skills/training through the short courses offered by USP’s CCE Program.
In the Campus, students were given an opportunity to experience the Audio Video Conferencing interacting live with other campuses in the region. And they were also given a brief time in the Computer Lab where they could explore all the online services provided by USP such as Moodle.
The event was officially declared open by the Lautoka City Council’s Special Administrator Praveen Bala.
While addressing hundreds of students and invited guests, Mr Bala said USP Lautoka Campus’s presence in Lautoka had always contributed towards the development of the City and the Western Division.
“While USP is the pioneer tertiary education provider in the region, its unique contribution is its Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL) mode of delivery. Through its DFL mode, USP has provided and is providing education to many in the Western Division who cannot go and study at its Laucala Campus in Suva.” said Mr Bala.
Mr Bala said that through DFL, many people in the Western Division were able to upgrade their qualification while still working. He said many had completed their degrees and some post graduate and masters level education from this mode.
Many students from poor families who are unable to get scholarship and cannot afford to live in Suva have also benefitted, said Mr Bala. “DFL mode has allowed them to work and pay for their education.”
The event featured live entertainment by Jasper Williams High School students and giveaway prizes throughout the day.
In her welcome address, USP Lautoka Campus’s Director Dr Pramila Devi highlighted the role the Campus played as the representative of the USP in the Western Division.
She said the Open Day was an opportune time for the students and others to learn more about USP offerings.
Dr Devi said she was overwhelmed by the high number of audience from the students and other members of the public at this year’s Open Day and thanked each and everyone who contributed to the success of the event.