Mr Pradeep Lal (Vodafone CEO) and Associate Professor Anjeela Jokhan (FSTE Dean) after the signing of the agreement.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) signed two partnership agreements with Vodafone Fiji on 11 June 2015.
The partnership agreements are designed to foster a relationship through mutual cooperation in the implementation of the Industry Experience Project (IEP) and Industrial Work Experience (IWE) project.
The former project is part of Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Net-Centric Computing programmes and the latter is part of Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics) programmes.
FSTE Dean, Associate Professor Anjeela Jokhan explained that the students were based at USP and working on industry projects provided by Vodafone.
“Highly critical for professional programmes because it gives the students an experience of what the real-life industry issues are that they need to deal with when they get out into the job market,” she said.
The four year Engineering programmes require that the students have 800 hours of industry experience.
“The important thing about both the programmes is that they are very structured programmes with very specific outcomes and students must learn those skills,” Associate Professor Jokhan said.
“We are extremely pleased to have partners like Vodafone who come forward to partner because ultimately they are at the receiving end of the graduates that we produce and if they can help produce graduates who are beneficial to them, then this is the opportunity they want to take,” she added.
Vodafone Chief Executive Officer, Mr Pradeep Lal said that his organisation is looking forward to the partnership and make it a win-win situation for USP, its students and Vodafone.
He added that 95% of 250 Vodafone employees are University graduates and the average age of employees is 27 years.
Mr Lal, who is a USP alumnus said that everything was about attitude.
“Nothing is impossible if you have the right attitude,” he said.
“From my personal experience, I can say that USP prepares its students very well for their career paths and for those students who want to further their studies,” he added.
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