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Mohammed Moishin receives the All Rounder PASS leader award from Chief Guest, Dr Giulio Paunga.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) at The University of the South Pacific (USP) hosted its Mentor Awards Night for the second year at its Laucala Campus in Suva.

As part of its support services, FSTE invests in developing young leaders through Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) programme. These Peer leaders are identified and trained to guide fresh and at-risk students in smooth transition into University life and they provide academic guidance by leading peer group discussions.

In appreciation of the leader’s contribution and to encourage more USP students to take up leadership skills, FSTE in partnership with Asco Motors and Technix Bitumen Fiji hosted the FSTE Mentor/PASS Leaders Awards night on 26 October 2016.

FSTE is the first and only Faculty that provides real time mentoring support to the regional campuses. Currently its e-Mentoring service is available for Laucala, Lautoka, Labasa, Tonga, Emalus, and Alafua Campuses. This ICT enabled tool has also been utilised heavily by the Science Teachers Accelerated Programme (STAP) cohort in Alafua Campus, where they have been using their tablets to secure the service facilitated from the Laucala Campus.

Chief Guest and USP Vice-President (Regional Campuses and Properties and Facilities), Dr Giulio Paunga acknowledged the work done by FSTE, especially in extending their peer mentoring services to students in regional campuses.

He added that the University is grateful to the PASS leaders and Peer Mentors for the work they have been doing.

“Most of the people you are mentoring now are future leaders of Pacific countries,” Dr Paunga told the Peer Mentors.

Dr Paunga congratulated the award winners and encouraged others to work harder and look forward to getting an award next year.

National Sales Manager of Asco Motors, Mr Roneet Prakash said that it was a proud moment for his company to be associated with FSTE. 

Mr Prakash reflected on their partnership earlier this year when FSTE took mobile science labs and study clinics to high schools in Fiji’s Western Division that were severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Peer Mentors and PASS leaders with their awards at USP’s Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre, Suva.

He also applauded the work FSTE is doing in terms of renewable energy, adding that, Asco Motors is the first company in Fiji to bring hybrid and solar powered vehicles.

Mr Prakash said that Asco would like to partner with the Faculty or with USP for various other initiatives.

FSTE’s Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching (L&T), Dr Bibhya Sharma attributedthe success of FSTE’s mentoring programme to the Peer Mentors and PASS Leaders and thanked them for their efforts in leveraging the Faculty’s learning and teaching.

Dr Sharma congratulated the L&T staff and said that they have been the driving force of excellent learning and teaching at the Faculty. This, he said has been further nourished by external partners of the Faculty.

Mr Dinesh Chetty received the All Rounder Mentor award while Mr Mohammed Moishin received the All Rounder PASS leader award.

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