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Students graduate in the Intensive English Programme

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IEP students showing off their certificates after their graduation.

A total of 17 students successfully graduated from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Intensive English Programme (IEP) on 4 December 2015.

The Intensive English Programme (IEP) is a general English language programme that is offered four times (Terms 1-4) a year. The programme empowers students to use English socially, for study and for work.

The IEP is offered by the School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM), which is one of the schools under the Faculty of Arts, Language and Education (FALE).

Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva, Dean of FALE, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate reminded graduates that education is a lifelong process and there is no end to it.

“A truly creative and strategic mind will continue to strive better and higher in their learning journey. You left behind your parents and loved ones, traveled all the way to study English and for this, I congratulate you,” she stated.

Dr Kedrayate said that English is one of the main mediums of communication, and added that, “we need to continue to educate ourselves, to be able to communicate confidently and understand what is happening around us.”

She reiterated the importance of education, saying that, education enables people to have new friends and ideas and to learn about each other’s culture and way of life so that people are better informed to be tolerant of each other.

Dr Kedrayate said that the USP is delighted to offer programmes like IEP, and added that there were plans by the University to establish an English Learning Centre to reach out to people who want to be involved in the English language.

One of the graduates, Yafei Wang acknowledged her tutors and colleagues for the experience that she gained while studying in the programme.

“When I first came in I was nervous but at the end of the course, I feel even more confident and I thank you all for helping me to achieve my dream,” she testified.

Yoshito Minowa, an architect from Japan, said that the last three months have been one of the most important and challenging times for him. He is happy to have completed IEP. 

For another student, Sang Wook Han, who hails from Korea, he is grateful for the experience and looks forward to applying things he had learnt in class into practice. 

This news item was published on 9 Dec 2015 09:45:26 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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