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USP’s FSTE hosts first day of orientation

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Dr Anjeela Jokhan, Dean of FSTE addresses new students during FSTE’s Orientation.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) successfully held the first day of the University’s 2017 Orientation Week on 30 January 2017.

More than five hundred (500) first year students attended the Orientation at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatres at USP’s Laucala Campus.

In welcoming the new students to USP, Associate Professor and Dean of FSTE Dr Anjeela Jokhan said that as the students travel through their academic journey, the Faculty, through its different schools, will be creating a lot of opportunities for them.

Dr Jokhan briefly introduced the five schools of FSTE, which are, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment, School of Marine Studies, and School of Engineering and Physics.

The Dean talked about the Faculty’s vision and mission, stating that the core vision of FSTE is to be an intellectual centre of excellence in Science, Technology and Environment for Pacific-based research, consultancy and education provision.

Dr Jokhan told the students that four of the science programmes are internationally accredited. This includes Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Net-Centric Computing, accredited by the Australian Computer Society, and Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, which have received accreditation by Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

First year science students at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre during the Orientation.

She also informed new students that one of the major responsibilities of the University is to create graduates with certain attributes. Some of these attributes include academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and integrity, capacity for leadership and working with others, appreciation of the cultures of Pacific Islands, and cross-cultural competencies.

“It is our responsibility to make sure that when you graduate, you do not just graduate in your discipline but you graduate as people with a whole lot of attributes, skills and you work effectively and efficiently in your own countries to provide the development that the countries require,” Dr Jokhan said.

The Dean also told the students that they will get the opportunity to meet some prominent industries and employers during their stay at USP.

“This is for you to try and see the types of jobs you can get into so that you can focus on getting the jobs similar to your programme of study,” she said.

As part of FSTE’s orientation, Heads of Schools talked about their respective schools, the FSTE’s first year experience coordinator, Ms Bijeta Kumar highlighted her role and a presentation was made by the student learning support team of the Faculty. Students participated in quizzes, competitions and there were cultural performances as well.

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