Students visit information booths during the Open Day 2016.
Thousands of students came to The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva during its Open Day 2016 on 29 July.
A total of 80 schools with close to 8000 students, visited the Laucala Campus, including from Suva, Nausori, Lautoka, Nadi, Ba, Tavua, Nadroga, Navosa, Ra, Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata. Schools from the maritime zone also attended including from the Yasawa Group and the Eastern Division comprising of Cicia High School in the Lau group, Rotuma High and Levuka Public School. 17 schools visited the Lautoka Campus and 18 schools visited the Labasa Campus respectively.
There was very good response at the various booths manned by the three (3) Faculties including the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) and the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). There were displays and demonstrations by other sections of the University including the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre; Information Technology Services (ITS); USP Library; USP Student Association (USPSA); Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD); Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE); Pacific Fusion Restaurant; Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL); Student Administrative Services (SAS); College of Foundation Studies; Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS); and Research and International. Some private partners of the University also put up their displays including Coca-Cola Amatil Limited; Flour Mills of Fiji; and Westpac Banking Corporation.
Jone Ratu from Cicia High School said it was a very exciting day as he was interested in learning about the programmes and courses available for his career path.
“I have always heard about USP and just being here is a privilege. A lot of my family members have studied here and have good jobs and I want to be able to do that too,” he said.
Jone said he had not yet made up his mind about what he would do when he left school but he was confident that he would “come up with something after visiting the booths”.
Evia Bale from Ballantine Memorial High School said she had always wanted to be a teacher and “coming to USP today is an opportune time to find out what’s in store for me.”
“I am glad that I am here today because I really want to pursue a career in teaching when I leave school. I look forward to gathering as much information as I can,” Evia quipped.
Stephen Roy from Levuka Public School said he was amazed at the load of information available for students.
“I think it is very important time for those of us who will be leaving secondary school shortly to be wise enough to determine our career paths as we pave our way towards the future,” he noted.
A representative from FBE, Ms Roshila Singh urged students to make use of the opportunity to witness what their various Schools have on offer.
“We have brochures, posters and pamphlets that students can take home with them to read for further information and our staffs are on standby to address any queries that students will have,” she said.
Kapil Nadan, a representative from the FALE said Open Day is an ideal time for students to explore the avenues that are available for them to pursue the career of their choice.
“For us at FALE, we promise an exciting display of our programmes. There are quizzes and essay competitions happening at the booths where students can win prizes. Each of the schools is displaying brochures, bookmarks and posters with relevant information on the courses and programmes offered by the Faculty,” he said.
The Open Day featured video presentations, face-to- face consultations, demonstrations & answers to students’ queries, quizzes, and games including crossword puzzle, spin wheel competitions & poster /model competition with giveaway prizes.
At FSTE, students watched live displays, and state of the art instruments used in science experiments. A new initiative for the faculty is that this year students did a feedback on FSTE village displays using ICT tools. The response, according to Dr David Rohindra, was overwhelming but since many did not have the opportunity they can still do the survey on Facebook via http://bit.ly/FSTE_OD_survey; Google on http://bit.ly/FSTE_ODsurvey or via SMS by texting 'Quiz FSTEOD' to 6013. The text messages are free of charge and is open until midnight tomorrow. The prize will be a laptop.
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