From L-R: Dhiraj Bhartu of USP's CFL, Roneeta Sharma of FSTE, Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Chandra Segran Pillay, Principal of Jai Narayan College, Mihal Reddy of Rishikul Sanatan College, Fereti Atalifo of ITS, Dr David Rohindra of FSTE and Jaindra Karan, Director Development, Marketing & Communications during the Post Open Day cocktail.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP’s) Laucala Campus hosted a Post Open Day Cocktail on 19 August 2016 to acknowledge the hard work of the Open Day Organising Committee, student ambassadors, sponsors, television hosts and other stakeholders for making the 2016 Open Day a success.
Director Development, Marketing, Communications and Alumni Jaindra Karan said a total of 83 schools visited the Laucala Campus, 24 to the Lautoka Campus and 27 schools to the Labasa Campus.
The Laucala Campus he said, saw a total of 8239 students visiting on the Open Day with Lautoka and Labasa campuses registering approximately 2860, and 2356 students respectively.
He said so far this is the best participation and acknowledged everyone for their contribution to make the 2016 USP Open Day a success.
He specifically thanked members of the Organising Committee, Staff of Faculty, Schools and Sections for their set up, Oceania Centre and USP Student Associations for the cultural performances, Student Ambassadors, sponsors, and his staff at the DMCA office.
“I have received very positive comments on the way Open Day was administered this year,” he said.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP had commended the effort put in by everyone after the successful Open Day.
He congratulated Mr Karan for his overall leadership saying the event was well organised and this was evident in the appraisal given by the Chief Guest, Prime Minister Honourable Voreqe Bainimarama, in his keynote address during the official opening ceremony.
“I would also like to thank all Deans, Heads of Schools and Sections; staff and students of all Faculties, Sections and Departments of the University for working in cohesion and as a team to ensure that all displays and information booths were ready to receive over 8,000 students at Laucala who participated at the Open Day event,” he said.
Professor Chandra also commended all the Student Associations who put up excellent entertainment performances for the participants and showed prospective students what it means to be part of the Pacific’s only regional university.
“The event would not be as successful as it was without your valuable contributions. I would also like to convey my gratitude to the sponsors of the event who have shown tremendous support towards the University in cash and in kind,” he noted.
Acknowledgement was also mentioned for Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning Teaching and Student Services; Dr Giulio Masasso, Vice President Regional Campuses & Properties & Facilities and Dr Bruce Yeates, Associate Dean FALE for their respective roles during the official ceremony.
“The Open Day event received great publicity and media coverage and this would go a long way in ensuring that the University remains the first choice for students and has a strong public and media relations positioning at the national as well as regional level,” he noted.
An Open Day competition was also organised for all schools and students in Fiji where they were required to register their email addresses via an online portal on the USP Open day website and fill out evaluation forms on the actual day.
Jai Narayan College was awarded the school winner and won a printer and a laptop sponsored by TFL while Mihal Reddy of Rishikul Sanatan College scooped the student prize and received a laptop sponsored by Viti Solutions and a 6-month data plan courtesy of TFL.
An internal competition was also organised for staff in two categories: Best Academic Services Display and Best Support Services Display. These were judged by a panel of judges comprising sponsors and media partners.
While all the displays were outstanding, the judges announced the following winners:
• Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment - Best Academic Services Display
• College of Foundation Studies– Special Commendation Award (Academic)
• ITS - Best Support Services Display
• Centre for Flexible Learning– Special Commendation Awards (Support Services)
Winners were rewarded with plaques and certificates.
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