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Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services confers a certificate to a graduating student.

A total of 495 students who successfully completed their Foundation studies at The University of the South Pacific (USP) were awarded the Certificate in Foundation Studies at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at the Laucala Campus on 9 December 2016. Of this number, 273 were females.

The graduates were from Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu including non-member countries of Korea, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

2016 Foundation graduating students at the Laucala campus.

While officiating at the ceremony, Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services, congratulated the students for a job well done.

Professor Coll alluded to the fact that the event was a historical one in the sense that it is the last graduation ceremony of USP’s College of Foundation Studies (CFS).

“The merger of CFS and Pacific TAFE will now allow students to do Foundation and Preliminary studies in one of the three (3) colleges,” he said.

He explained that the Foundation certificate is a student’s stepping stone or qualification to degree studies, therefore the Foundation year would have prepared them for Degree studies.

This preparation, Professor Coll said includes the semester schedule, assessment package of course work and final exam, online submission of assignments and Moodle and m-learning, among others.

Professor Coll also commended the families for choosing USP for their children to do Foundation studies.

He thanked parents for their support and congratulated the staff of the College of Foundation Studies (CFS) for a successful year.

To the graduates, he said they had done their families proud but reminded them that this is only just the beginning.

“Your achievements is worth celebrating as we can see your parents, families and friends sitting here today, obviously very proud of what you have been able to achieve,” he remarked.

“Today is a day of joy and celebration because you have all successfully completed your Foundation studies and are now ready to enter your degree programmes here at USP,” he noted.

Professor Coll urged graduates to work harder as the road to success is never easy.

“Like you witnessed in your Foundation studies, being successful comes with a lot of hard work, commitment and sacrifice. It also requires you to miss out on a lot of social time with your friends – but all for a good cause, if you are willing,” he advised.

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