(L-R) Solstice Middleby Counsellor Development Cooperation-Region Australian Embassy, Kyla Wethli World Bank Economist and USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra during the launch of Pacific Hardship and Vulnerability Report during the launch at USP.
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USP's FALE holds Amazing Race on campus - 13 Feb 2014 08:23:16 am
The University of the South Pacific's Faculty of Arts, Law and Education held an Amazing Race as part of their orientation at Laucala this week.
Assistant lecturer Jacki Leota-ete said students learn more when they are having fun and when they feel engaged.
The Amazing Race caught the attention of many students as they hurried around the Laucala campus to look for clues, while at the same time, learning about the university.
“FALE is the centre for creativity and they have initiated this ‘amazing race’ to get the first year students off to a great start. The response from students has been outstanding and they love this,&rdquo... More »
USP launches 3D printer - 11 Feb 2014 04:03:50 pm
Two new 3D printers were launched at The University of the South Pacific’s Laucala campus today by the Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra.
The idea of using 3D printers in USP’s Teaching and Research was initiated by the Vice-Chancellor and developed by the School of Engineering and Physics in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment.
Prof Chandra expressed his delight at the occasion this morning saying that the 3D printer leverages USP’s profile.
“As we get into a more competitive environment, what makes us successful is where we are, and in technology, we are far ahead of the game,” he said.... More »
USP holds FALE orientation - 11 Feb 2014 03:14:07 pm
The University of the South Pacific’s Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) is all about inclusiveness and treating everyone equally, says FALE Dean Dr Akanisi Kedrayate.
This after the faculty became the first in the university to incorporate a translator into their orientation programme to aid students with physical impairments.
Many students were surprised when they saw a translator from the Fiji Association of the Deaf stand up and use sign language throughout the information session which was held at the multipurpose lecture theater at Laucala Campus.
“Our faculty is all about inclusiveness, respecting one another and recognizing th... More »
USP’s Faculty of Business & Economics welcomes students - 11 Feb 2014 08:46:34 am
The University of the South Pacific’s Faculty of Business and Economics welcomed its first year students into the university at the Multi-Purpose lecture theatre in Laucala yesterday.
The information session was opened by the Acting Dean of the Faculty Dr Kesaia Seniloli, who gave students a brief introduction to university life.
“Laucala Campus is much larger than your high schools. I am sure you will get confused or lost but you will still enjoy this new beginning together,” Dr Seniloli said.
She said the university environment was about being independent and one where students were expected to be organized and manage their time.... More »
Professor Naidu highlights University challenges - 11 Feb 2014 07:02:41 am
Students need to have a sense of responsibility and think critically to make wise decisions, says University academic Professor Vijay Naidu.
Prof Naidu highlighted challenges that many first year students face during the Faculty of Business and Economics’ orientation at the Laucala Campus yesterday.
“University is about finding out who you are. We hope that after spending your years at USP you will be changed in many ways in terms of your knowledge level, your values, your skills and your attitudes,” he said.
He said the university system aims to help make students a better person in life but there are many distractions for new student... More »
Australia’s USP/ECCA project assessment method adopted widely - 10 Feb 2014 10:52:15 am
A rapid Vulnerability and Adaptation (V&A) assessment developed by the Australian-funded Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation of Rural Communities of Fiji (ECCA) Project has been adopted by the Fiji Government to conduct a national resilience assessment of rural villages in Fiji.
ECCA Project Manager Leone Limalevu confirmed that to date, the Assistant Roko Tuis from the various provinces in Fiji and conservation officers have been trained on how to conduct rapid V&A assessments using the method developed by the project.
As a result, twelve Fijian village communities have undergone climate change awareness sessions and they include Votua in Nadroga, Buretu ... More »
USP's Alafua Campus Director named Samoa's Educator of the Year - 10 Feb 2014 08:15:43 am
The University of the South Pacific’s Alafua Campus Director Leatuaolevao Ruby Va’a was recently named Samoa's Educator of the Year.
Va’a was named in the Newsline’s honour list published on 29 December 2013.
Va’a has been very successful in setting new achievements for the regional campus and by doing so, it has given the University’s member countries confidence in its campus at Alafua.
The Alafua campus hosts The University of the South Pacific’s School of Agriculture and has a vital role in the development of agriculture, which is the mainstay of the Pacific Islands and food security in the region.
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216 USP Foundation students graduate - 7 Feb 2014 05:49:05 pm
A total of 216 students who successfully completed their Foundation studies at The University of the South Pacific last year were awarded the Certificate in Foundation Studies at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva today.
While officiating at the ceremony, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and International Professor John Bythell said it was gratifying to see the smiles on the faces of the graduands and their families.
“Today, we will be awarding the Certificate in Foundation Studies to 216 students who have successfully completed their studies in 2013. There include students from Fiji, Marshall Islands, Niue, Solomon Is, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu,” he said... More »
Poonam, Caifeng are USP's Outstanding Foundation graduates - 7 Feb 2014 05:17:58 pm
There is no substitute for hard work and young Poonam Kumar just proved that right after walking away with the most Outstanding Social Science student prize during USP’s College of Foundation Studies’ graduation ceremony at FMF Gymnasium in Suva today.
Poonam stood out from the crowd after also claiming awards for best student in Accounting, Economics, Maths and Computer science.
An ecstatic Poonam said her ingredient to success was just pure hard work.
“I stayed up late nights, did all my assignments with a lot of effort and submitted it on time,” she said.
“I am very excited as well as bit nervous but I am real... More »
Fiji Public Service Commission impressed with USP’s Vocational Centre - 4 Feb 2014 11:55:41 am
Fiji’s Public Service Commission is impressed with the work done by The University of the South Pacific’s Centre for Vocational and Continuing Education (CVCE) in educating civil servants.
62 out of 120 civil servants graduated during the Centre’s graduation ceremony at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva on January 31, including directors and deputy permanent secretaries.
PSC Permanent Secretary Parmesh Chand said they were happy to have invested in the programme and their officers were equally happy.
“There are a further 58 officers out there who will be undertaking this programme and we will invest in it further,” he said. ... More »