The University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus organized a special evening session for its Alumni, for the first time this year, to conclude its Open Day, held at the Lautoka Churchill Park Carnival Ground on Friday 08 August 2014.
USP Lautoka Campus Director Dr. Pramila Devi presented tokens of appreciation to the five speakers following a warm welcome address.
The programme was interesting and lively as there were some really inspiring speeches from the two guest speakers namely Aisake Cabemaiwai - General Manager Special Projects, South Sea Cruises and Rajneesh Charan, Manager IT, FSC and the three USP Alumni: James Vakacabeqoli - Assistant Consumer Officer, Consumer Council of Fiji, Lautoka; Neelam Singh - Lecturer Education, FNU and Sipriano Mua Fatiaki, - Plant Engineer, Paradise Beverages.
Ms. Charan spoke on employability skills and increasing competency to keep pace with challenges at workplace and impressed on the importance of formal education and continuing learning and training.
“At this day and age with introduction of technologies and the changing pace of these technologies, the work places have become very competitive and work is more challenging and we can only overcome these challenges through life-long learning,” she said.
Ms. Charan also gave some interesting tips for self-development and for creating and maintaining the right attitude which she said were key ingredients to achieving success and happiness in life.
Relating her Postgraduate experience, Ms. Singh said education had given her an opportunity not only to grow professionally but also become competent in tertiary teaching.
She said USP Lautoka Campus provided a stimulating environment for its students, with the benefits of direct access to a wide range of electronic and physical supports and the sense of being part of a lively and diverse education community.
Sharing his experience of studying through Distance & Flexible Mode while keeping full time job, Mr Vakacabeqoli said he had a very interesting learning journey at USP Lautoka. He expressed his appreciation to the Director and staff of the Campus for their support and guidance.
Mr. Fatiaki spoke about how up-skilling with Vocational & Continuing Education at USP Lautoka had enhanced his life at work and particularly as a leader.
“Over the years I have done lots of engineering courses, to increase my engineering skills, but never thought of Leadership training until one day during an Open Day like this, that I was fortunate to be introduced to CCE programs offered by USP Lautoka,” he said.
Mr. Fatiaki said he had greatly benefited from the Professional Development Training Programme which had boosted his level of confidence and self-esteem and further motivating him to enroll in other programs.
“Before doing the CCE training, I was just a good Manager but not a good leader. However, after going through the CCE training, I am proud to say that I am now a good Manager as well as a very good and effective leader,” Mr. Fatiaki said.
There was also live dance performances by Awesome Entertainment – the “Bhangra Boys” from Ba which kept the audience entertained throughout.