Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean FALE welcomes new students to her Faculty.
New students gathered in numbers at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) orientation at the Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre at the Laucala Campus in Suva on 31 January 2017.
An introductory video was shown explaining what the Faculty offers in its various Schools including its programmes and courses. The video also showcased other sections of FALE such as the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS), Confucius Institute and Institute of Education.
In welcoming the students, Dean of FALE Dr Akanisi Kedrayate congratulated the students saying they had made the right choice in choosing the premier University in the region to further their education.
New students listen in during the FALE orientation
“Please give yourselves a pat on the back because you are at the right place and there is nowhere else you would rather be than here,” she remarked.
Dr Kedrayate advised that University life is very different from what students are used to at secondary school, particularly with regards to things like non-attendance of class and dress codes.
“At University you are in control of what you do but you need to organise your time well. While you have to study hard to become successful you can also enjoy your time here.
“You will meet and make lifelong friends not only from Fiji but from the region and from countries outside the region as well.
She advised the students to make use of the opportunities available for Student Support adding that there are student learning specialists who are always ready to assist them.
“Make use of the available resources and state-of-the-art facilities that USP has to offer. Set your goals at the outset and work towards achieving them,” she stated.
Dr Kedrayate also advised students to be wise in choosing the kind of friends they have and to always have friends that have the right priorities.
FALE she said aims to be the best it can, and she invited students to join them in achieving this goal.
“FALE promotes a better learning culture within the face-to-face as well as online classrooms so that you can properly develop your skills.
“Our teaching staff are professionals, having rich knowledge of the trends existing in the market related to their fields and they update their curriculum accordingly,” she said.
FALE’s faculty members are qualified, experienced and committed to the vision and goals of the Faculty which is aligned to USP’s Strategic Plan-2013-2018, she said.
“FALE is the engine room of the educative and humanising impulse of USP. As educators, historians, writers, linguists, literary critics and performing and visual artists, we imagine ourselves as story tellers who remember, in the present, so that we can recognise past efforts and their outcomes and, in so doing, envision a future that will not fall a victim to past missteps,” she added.
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