341 graduate from USP’s Centre for Vocational and Continuing Education
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USP's Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Esther Williams delivering her keynote address during the CVCE graduation at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.
A total of 341 students graduated with certificates and diplomas on Friday 31 January after successfully completing their studies from The University of the South Pacific’s Centre for Vocational and Continuing Education (CVCE) during a ceremony at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.
It was the first graduation ceremony for CVCE after the strategic name change from the Regional Centre for Continuing & Community Education (RCCCE).
CVCE Director Hasmukh Lal welcomed everyone with emphasis on lifelong learning and asked the graduates to make demonstrable impact at their respective workplaces.
He congratulated the graduates on their tremendous achievement, adding that to be awarded a diploma or certificate from USP entails dedicated endeavor.
A notable achievement was the number of Government of Fiji-sponsored Directors and Deputy Permanent Secretaries graduating with a Professional Diploma in Business Leadership.
Chief guest Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Esther Williams said out of 341 students, 58 per cent are females.
She said it was a pleasure to be part of the ceremony and it was gratifying to see the smiles on the faces of the graduates and their families.
“I offer you my heartiest congratulations as you receive your awards this afternoon. This is a special day of celebration and formal and public recognition of your efforts and success. This joyous occasion also celebrates the contributions and sacrifice of parents, spouses, children, family members, employers, and friends who have enabled you to achieve your dreams,” she said.
Dr Williams reminded them that receiving their certificates and diplomas did not signal an end, but rather the beginning of a long journey that will determine their success in life.
“I ask that you remember fondly your time at USP. You are the exemplary ambassadors of the university. Make us proud in your endeavours. Uphold the good reputation of the university. I wish you every success in the future,” she said.
The Centre for Vocational & Continuing Education (CVCE) provides vocational and professional programmes and short courses at USP and suitable for post-secondary and mature students to build their careers in their preferred discipline.
“Professional programmes and short courses target people in the workforce for up-skilling, re-skilling and multi-skilling for continuous professional development,” Dr. Williams said.
The professional programmes and short courses can be conducted in-house for organizations with more than 15 participants.
“Under its Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018, USP supports the study report of ADB /PIFS and ratified Pacific TVET framework in one of its seven priorities: regional and community engagement. And one of the strategic objectives is to rationalize and strengthen TVET provision at USP and initiatives,” Dr Williams said.
This will include:
Rationalise and strengthen the College of Foundation Studies (CFS) and CVCE to provide students with flexible pathways for university studies and technical and vocational programmes, including reverse integration, where applicable; and
Seek international accreditation of the Foundation Programme and all TVET programmes
To date, CVCE has four programmes with various Australian institutions recognition and all the efforts are being made for international accreditation this year.
“Maintaining quality and a high standard to that of international level is our aim. We will have eight TVET programmes internationally accredited by 2015 and sixteen programmes in 2018,” she said.
Dr. Williams also thanked the facilitators for the quality training and hoped to see this continuation enhanced further.
Fiji Government directors and deputy permanent secretaries were also part of the CVCE graduation on January 31.
“A hearty thank you to the sponsors and I am optimistic that you will continue to choose USP as your provider of quality education,” she added.
The awards were given for the following qualifications;
Professional Diploma in Business Leadership;
Certificate IV in Training, Assessment & Evaluation;
Professional Training Certificate for Senior Secretaries & PA’s;
Certificate II & III in Office Administration;
Professional Diploma in Business Computing;
Certificate III in Information Systems;
Certificate IV in Project Management; and
Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
From 2015, all students completing studies with CVCE will graduate in the main university graduation.
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