USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra delivers his presentation at the BPO Mission.
The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra spoke on Fiji’s skills position in relation to business outsourcing to the Fiji Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Mission on 26 July 2016 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.
The mission was designed to provide an insight to Fiji Business Process Outsourcing sector and connect the attendees with key stakeholders in Fiji. The BPO mission was led by the Fiji High Commissioner to Australia, Honourable Yogesh Punja and the Pacific Island Trade and Invest in partnership with Fiji Consulate Sydney.
Professor Chandra informed the attendees of the mission that around 9000 students graduated annually from the three (3) universities in Fiji.
While praising the Fijian Government’s efforts in setting up vocational schools in the country, Professor Chandra said that the active programme of technical education will add to the increasing number of graduates in Fiji.
He further mentioned that when local students go overseas, they perform really well, in terms of their motivation to learn.
Investment and Tourism Manager at the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, Mr Chad Morris presents a token of appreciation to USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra.
“I think they are much more driven to learn than you see in Australia and New Zealand,” Professor Chandra said.
Talking about USP in terms of its quality, Professor Chandra informed the attendees that USP has received international accreditations for sixteen (16) of its programmes.
“We are in the middle of seeking the American accreditation through WASC Senior College and University Commission going into the third year,” he stated.
Professor Chandra highlighted that USP alumni are doing outstanding work at their work places.
USP alumnus Mr Dhinesh Raj designed and developed an Award Winning Gencom Application for Vodafone Fiji and the company received an award for this application at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards in United Kingdom this year.
Another alumnus Mr Rajnesh Prasad designed Vodafone’s ‘MPaisa’ programme that won the 2011 Mobile Money for Unbanked Award at the Global Mobile Award for the best mobile deployment.
Professor Chandra said that the Fijian Government is pursuing a very particular focus in ensuring that there is a good match between what is needed and what is supplied by the universities.
Talking about USP graduates employability, Professor Chandra said that in 2014, four months after their graduation, 66 per cent of the graduates were in full time employment, compared to Australia which had 68 per cent.
“Given that Fiji is much smaller and has greater difficulty in creating job, says a lot about the employability of our graduates,” he said.
According to the Vice-Chancellor and President, some of the things that USP is working on to relate education and training to the workplace include, having programme advisory committees that bring private sector/professions in and, having work placements as part of specific programmes such as Engineering, Software Engineering, and Net-Centric Computing.
Attendees of the mission gained high level access to industry decision makers and relevant stakeholders and saw first-hand international standard Business Process Outsourcing facilities.
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