Participants pose for a group photo after the SMPA workshop.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Management & Public Administration (SMPA) held a workshop on ‘Teaching Matters’ on 6 August 2016 at Novotel Hotel in Suva, Fiji.
This workshop is the first, in a series of three for this year, to allow SMPA staff to discuss important issues related to teaching.
During the opening session, SMPA Head of School, Professor Charles Trappey, touched on the importance of accreditation and its impact on school programmes and methods of operation.
Professor Trappey encouraged staff to sign up for a visit to the American Resource Centre for research avenues and scholarships.
Participants were given four critical teaching related issues to discuss and to come up with possible solutions. Issues were related to student grievances, course offerings in the Solomon Islands and Lautoka Campuses and centres, and staff workload.
Following the first session, guest speaker, Professor Raghuvar Pathak gave an inspiring presentation on management and leadership.
This included a number of motivating and easily relatable stories with themes of teamwork, positive outlook and hard work.
Lecturer Dr Jashwini Narayan said overall the workshop not only provided important solutions to critical and ongoing problems but also brought staff together as a team.
“Teams not only came up with workable solutions but also enjoyed the ‘timeout’ from the normal teaching & learning routine,” he said.
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