Top students show off their awards at a ceremony in Laucala on 21 March, 2016.
Fifty-five per cent of high achievers at The University of the South Pacific (USP) this year are females, an increase by one per cent from 2015.
The comment was made by USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, in his opening remarks during the Medals & Prizes ceremony at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at the Laucala campus on 21 March 2016.
“This is a progressive number for women from this region and I am privileged to add that USP is doing its part in ensuring the full participation of women and girls in the area of higher education,” he said.
USP Pro-Chancellor Mr Winston Thompson awarded the gold medals and prizes to 31 recipients in 34 categories to honour them for their remarkable performance.
Among the awardees, 18 students were sponsored under various scholarship schemes including Public Service Commission, Multi-Ethnic Affairs, Solomon Islands Government Scholarship, Office of Research and Graduate Affairs and the Caribbean-Pacific Island Mobility Scheme (CARPIMS).
“No doubt, this is a proud moment for these scholarship providers to see your sponsored students excel in their chosen field of study,” Professor Chandra added.
He told the high achievers that setting such high benchmarks, made them excellent ambassadors of the University.
“We are pleased that there are students at the University who are willing to strive for the best, rather than settle for average performances,” he said.
“It is also pleasing to note that apart from our Fiji awardees, there are two students from Belize and three students from Solomon Islands present amongst the University’s top achievers. This shows the passion for excellence from our regional and international students.”
Professor Chandra advised the awardees that to be outstandingly successful in life, one needs to have high ethical standards, be able to work within a team environment, be solution-driven, work extremely hard and smartly, have the drive to excel and be a life-long learner.
He further added that a key focus of the University has always been to ensure greater accessibility of programmes and courses to enable all students to pursue their dream of higher education, regardless, of distance or time.
This, Professor Chandra said, has been possible through USP’s Flexible Learning courses and seven of the high achievers have completed their programmes through the Flexible Learning platform.
“This is an extremely important validation of our flexible learning mode in showing that it does lead to outstanding achievement in the way face to face teaching and learning does,” he said.
In order to receive a prize and medal, a student needs to get a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or more in their programme or discipline; generally students with the highest GPA are the recipients of the award.
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Vice-Chancellor and President’s Address: Medals and Prizes Ceremony 2016
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