Some of the staff and students who attended the Graduate Information Session at the School of Accounting and Finance.
Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Education Ioane Tiko has urged graduates to be responsible for educating upskilling themselves further if they are to survive in this evolving world.
Speaking at the School of Education’s (SOE) Graduate Information Session at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala campus on 24 August 2016, Mr Tiko thanked the graduates who had successfully completed their programmes.
“Thank you for the perseverance, determination and hard work and of course, the completion of your studies is an achievement in itself,” he noted.
Mr Tiko made reference to the statement made by Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan after clinching gold from Rio that winning an Olympic gold medal is not just a one off thing, but a responsibility.
He reiterated that, “It is all about hard work and there can be no substitute for it. It is an added responsibility to you, family, fellow countrymen and Fiji as a whole”.
“I want to congratulate you and remind you of the challenges that lie ahead of you. I have been asked to talk to you about the need for ongoing professional development especially in an era with so many changes in education that come in the form of challenges,” he said.
According to Mr Tiko, as university graduates they have a responsibility to keep themselves updated with knowledge and be conscious of the need to enhance their skills and competencies in order to perform well.
He further advised them not to be content with their first degree.
“Gone are the days where you think you can survive with your certificates and degrees. Fiji has moved on and so have the Pacific and the world.
“If you continue to educate yourself you are taking the personal responsibility to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges and demands of this ever-changing world,” he added.
Head of the School of Education Professor Govinda Lingam thanked Mr Tiko for accepting their invitation to be present. He reiterated that by sacrificing alone, graduates can achieve all that they want.
“Ongoing professional development is necessary for everyone in the 21st century, you cannot survive now with just a certificate,” he advised.
Professor Lingam urged graduates to keep abreast of the latest changes and developments so that in turn, children can be taught with a wealth of information.
USP’s Alumni Affairs Coordinator Artila Devi also gave a session on the work of the Alumni office.
The Faculty of Business and Economics’ School of Accounting and Finance (SOAF) also held a similar session where graduates were encouraged to sign up for membership with the Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA).
Senior lecturer Dr Nacanieli Rika announced that the School is hoping to offer a new Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation.
“We are actually hoping that this programme will interest a lot of people in the market and this will add value to it,” he stated.
Dr Rika explained that, “Unfortunately, fraud is a part and parcel of business so we need to upskill our accountants to be able to investigate and hopefully minimise the occurrence of this.”
A recent forum where representatives from the FIA spoke to second and third year students, in an effort to bring the profession closer to their potential members, was a success.
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