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First student chapter branch in Fiji for the Asia-Pacific region

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Members of the IEEE student chapter at USP with Student branch counsellor, Dr Utkal Mehta (far left) and Student Branch Chair, Mr Rahul Kumar (second from right).

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the first University in Fiji to have established a branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter for the Asia-Pacific region.

IEEE is one of the leading standards-making organisations in the world. Today, it is the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 433,000 members in chapters around the world. Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.

The main focus of the student chapter at USP is to prepare students to excel and provide a solid foundation in core competencies, inculcate professional, ethical attitudes and an academic environment.

The University’s student chapter comprises a student branch chair, student branch counsellor and twelve students members from Electrical-Electronics Engineering.

According to the student branch chair, Mr Rahul Kumar, the establishment of the IEEE student chapter at USP is a hugeachievement.

“Members will get a chance to collaborate internationally and be eligible for awards including scholarships and grants,” Mr Kumar said.

Student branch counsellor, Dr Utkal Mehta from USP’s School of Engineering and Physics said thatthrough the student chapter, IEEE will open opportunities that will help students develop their professional identity in IEEE's designated fields of interest particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

He added that USP students will make global connections with people who can help them along the targeted career path through IEEE's international community of members and volunteers.

Head of School, Professor Maurizio Cirrincione said that the establishment of IEEE student chapter at USP brings good news to students intending to undertake engineering studies at USP.

Professor Cirrincione added that the fact that they can be inside an institution which has direct links with IEEE, means that future students can enter a network which is at international level.

“They will not be restricted at the local area for personal development, research activities and employment opportunities. They will be part of the most important engineering network existing in the world,” he said.

In an official approval to form The University of the South Pacific Student Branch, Professor Eustine Bovell of the Geographic Activities Department of IEEE stated that, “we are excited for you and look forward to working with you as one of our new Student Branch leaders!”

Some of the activities planned for the year include, the official inauguration of a subsection with formation of operating committee members, seminar series, technical events including seminar-project competition for students and the establishment of the official IEEE student chapter website for the USP branch.

In addition to this, IEEE has provided the USP student chapter with a sum of US$5000 to help the School of Engineering and Physics after the effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This news item was published on 5 May 2016 09:39:41 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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