USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra delivers his address during the Opening of the 15th USPSA Federal Council meeting.
A very strong sense of service to the students should be an important part of the culture of all academics and support staff at The University of the South Pacific (USP).
This comment was made by USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra during the official opening of the 15th USP Students Association (USPSA) Federal Council Meeting on 29 August 2016.
The USPSA Federal Council is the highest governing Student Body for the Students' Association in USP.
The USPSA Federal Council meets twice a year, during the mid-semester break. In the Council Meetings, members from 14 USP Campuses raise their student issues, and these are compiled and submitted to various USP Departments for action and to USP Council for noting together with issues that require the Council's attention.
Professor Chandra said that students have always been a very large part of the University and emphasis has always been placed on students from the beginning.
While highlighting the importance of student engagement, he said that “USP functions because we have to educate our students and therefore looking after them and engaging with them at all levels is critical.”
Professor Chandra said that even though the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning Teaching and Student Services, Professor Richard Coll is the first point of contact for the students, he would also like to have some form of engagement with the student body.
While praising the student leaders present at the opening of the USPSA Federal Council Meeting, Professor Chandra said that he is pleased that USP has some of the best student leaders any university could have.
“We have this sense that if we can get the students to have the best environment, to provide them the best services, to respond to their grievances than the rest of the university will function well,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor and President called on students to have a pro-active involvement towards the University budget.
He personally recommended student leaders to make a presentation to the Executive Director Finance on what they would like to see in the next USP budget.
“We want to know from your point of view, what will make USP a better place for students,” he told members of the USPSA Federal Council.
USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra (with garland) and Campus Life Group Manager, Mr Glenn Pope (seated third from right) with members of the USPSA Federal Council.
Professor Chandra has assured the student leaders that they have the Vice-Chancellor and President’s full support in ensuring that every year the students become more satisfied with the University’s services.
“If I give you a commitment today, it will be a re-commitment to working very closely with the student body and of course we have the student forum and essentially whatever engagement we need we will have to ensure that this is a good time for the students,” he said.
The USPSA Federal Council meeting will close on 2 September 2016.
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