Associate Dean Planning and Quality Dr Donald Bruce Yeates delivers his remarks during the 2014 Youth Leadership Forum.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP’s) Faculty of Arts, Law and Education organised the 2014 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) “Entrepreneurship: Taking the initiative” with an aim of further developing civic and socially responsible youth leaders.
The third forum, which was attended by close to 100 students, was held at the Japan-Pacific ICT Theatre on 26 September.
“The 2014 YLF theme is in line to USP Strategic Plan (SP) 2013-2018. It meets USP’s teaching and learning strategic focus on creativity, critical thinking, community engagement, leadership and entrepreneurship,” Associate Dean Planning and Quality Dr Donald Bruce Yeates said.
According to him, the forum aimed to:
Develop youth leaders that utilise skills and interest to enable social change and sustainable development through employment creation and youth community engagement.
Cultivate ethical leadership; develop entrepreneurial networks and become contributing members of society.
“USP expects that its graduates will be able to demonstrate by applying the key Graduate Attributes (GA) identified in the SP 2013-2018 to a range of careers, circumstances and personal pathways,” Dr Yeates said.
He said the forum also drew attention to post-graduate career paths and how the GA’s equip graduates to become youth leaders.
Also addressing the students was USP Vice-President Regional Campuses and Properties & Facilities Dr Giulio Masasso Paunga, who said self-belief, was an important ingredient to becoming an entrepreneur.
“As a USP student, by now you should start thinking of becoming an entrepreneur. If they cannot create jobs for you then you need to create one for yourself,” Dr Paunga said.
He said students needed to be creative and innovative in order to become successful entrepreneurs in future.
Meanwhile, first year journalism student Monica Aguilar said forums like these were important to her because it helped to develop good attributes.
“This forum is helpful to me because I want to learn more about what is expected of me to become a successful USP graduate,” she said.
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