Dean of FBE Professor Arvind Patel welcoming new students.
Hundreds of new students turned up for the orientation organised by the largest faculty of The University of the South Pacific, (USP) the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE).
In welcoming the students, Acting Dean of FBE Professor Arvind Patel congratulated students on their admission to the University saying they would not regret their choice.
“USP is the premier institution and our Faculty is the leading faculty in Business and Economics. We assure you we will give you the best of what there is in terms of education in business and economics,” Professor Patel remarked.
New FBE students attending orientation.
“We have several excellent programmes in our respective schools that we have including Economics and Accounting, Banking and Finance, Tourism and Hospitality, Real Estate and Land Management, Management and Public Administration, Agriculture and many more,” he commented.
Professor Patel shared that when he joined USP some thirty (30) years ago it was one of the biggest decisions he had made in his life.
“I never regretted that decision. Today I know how excited you all are because you have come to a place where there is a lot of excitement. USP has a lot to offer,” he told the students.
“You will have lots of friends to make and meet a lot of fellow colleagues and you will meet other staff and Faculty members who can provide assistance in whatever you need,” he said.
Professor Patel advised students to have fun but at the same time be dedicated to their studies.
“You are now at an institution which is very different from what you are used to at high school. The next three years will be one of the most exciting times of your life and it will not come back so please make the most of it,” he added.
Mr Joseva Veresi, First Year Experience (FYE) Coordinator for FBE encouraged students to make the best use of resources available and interact with classmates in lectures and tutorials.
“Continue to show motivation to study and get involved in academic and campus wide programmes,” he noted.
Ms Pauline Ryland, a Student Learning Specialist (SLS) encouraged students to choose their friends wisely.
“We want you to have fun and graduate with the best, with what you can do and make use of all the opportunities,” she noted.
Ms Ryland said at SLS services are free and they hope to provide learning skills that you might need to help you do your best to reach your potential”.
She advised that time management is very crucial.
“We conduct workshops to help you and we also have one-to-one consultations so that we can help you set your timetable and goals so you can manage your time wisely,” she added.
Students were also told they could be assisted with skills that will help them read more effectively and critically.
“There are higher skills required of you here at University. You might be used to being spoon fed but not here, you have to go looking for the assistance, you have to make your own choices. How you do during the semester and during the year is really on your hands. The onus is on you,” Ms Ryland said.
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