(L-R): Journalism Teaching Assistant Mr Eliki Drugunalevu, Head of Journalism Programme, Dr Shailendra Singh, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, and President of Journalism Students Association Mr Sonal Singh, with journalism students after the media conference.
The Journalism Programme at The University of the South Pacific (USP) has revived its tradition of having a media conference with the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra.
Professor Chandra welcomed the action on a positive note, stating that he was pleased to have the media conference once again.
He said that journalism students used to have regular media conferences before, however it stopped for a while, but was pleased to note that the tradition has been refreshed by the Head of Journalism programme, Dr Shailendra Singh.
Professor Chandra considers the journalism programme important for the region.
“USP has played a crucial role in training the journalists not only in Fiji but all over the Pacific and therefore we have a critical role in preparing you fully,” Professor Chandra told journalism students.
He said that he had supported the establishment of the programme when it was first being set up as a university course.
He called on the students to ask questions openly, adding that, “we have been building a platform for transparency and openness and engagement and communication, therefore feel free to ask questions.”
The press conference covered a range of USP issues including progress on the University’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018), costs and benefits of Papua New Guinea becoming a member of USP, introduction of entrepreneurship in the University’s curriculum, USP’s stand in handling Information Technology (IT) around its regional campuses, and so on.
The full interview will be published in the forthcoming edition of the USP Jourmalism student training newspaper, Wansolwara.
Dr Singh said that the Vice-Chancellor and President’s media conference was important for various reasons.
“It provided a training opportunity for students and it also served as a direct communication channel between the Vice-Chancellor and President, USP community and members of the public who access the print or online version of Wansolwara,” Dr Singh said.
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