Construction works currently being undertaken at the 11th Halls for a new 48 bed on-campus accommodation at the Laucala Campus.
The construction of two new buildings at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Halls of Residence to accommodate forty-eight (48) more students at the University’s Laucala Campus is expected to be completed by the middle of semester one (1) 2017.
The buildings, which are worth FJD 2.8 million are known as 11th Hall Blocks G and H and are situated at the existing 11th Hall Buildings D and E. Each of the two (2) buildings has three (3) floors of accommodation.
Each floor consists of an eight (8) bedroom multi-share apartment and has its own bathrooms with solar hot water showers, toilets, washing machine and cooking facilities.
Each apartment of eight (8) bedrooms also has a lounge/dining room with television and wireless facilities and a balcony. The apartments are designed with generous common spaces to foster intellectual and social interaction for lasting friendships and academic stimulation.
All bedrooms are single type, fully furnished and lockable. These rooms are secure and spacious. Each bedroom has a study desk, chair, fan, storage space and a comfortable bed. Bed sheets and pillows are also provided.
Each eight (8) bedroom multi-share apartment contains its own kitchen. Kitchens are equipped with electric hot plates, refrigerator and microwave. Students are to provide their own cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. Dining table, chairs and couches are also provided in each floor.
According to the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, one of the major ambitions of the University in its Strategic Plan is to increase student accommodation to 3000 beds. This significant increase is to ensure that students from all member countries can develop life-long networks that will facilitate regional co-operation. In addition to this, Professor Chandra said that on-campus accommodation protects regional students in terms of security, promotes student success as many facilities like computer labs are open 24 hours, and allows students to participate more in sporting and cultural activities.
“The University is making strenuous efforts to develop a further 350 bed student accommodation before the end of the current Strategic Plan in 2018 at its Laucala Campus and to expand student accommodation at other major Campuses,” Professor Chandra said.
Dr Giulio Masasso Paunga, Vice-President, Property and Facilities and Regional Campuses, said that the project, which started in May 2016, had a target completion date before the beginning of Semester one this year.
“It is clear at this stage that the continuous adverse weather conditions in the later part of last year will cause a delay in the construction. Very likely, the occupation of these two facilities will not be until the middle of the first Semester,” Dr Paunga said.
The construction was financed through the University’s budget.
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