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Fuatino Vaiaoualuli of Samoa is excited about being at USP for the first time.

Students who turned up at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) orientation on 1 February, 2017 gave their testimonials on how they chose the University as their tertiary education provider.

Akuila Vunidravo, a staff of iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) enrolled as a part-time student after having graduated from the Fiji National University with a Diploma in Land Use Planning.

Mr Vunidravo said he decided to do his degree at USP after hearing so much about the quality of the University’s programmes.

Temboa Tibuuarate of Kiribati is looking forward to learning from the diverse cultures at USP.

“Many of my friends have told me that if we graduate here at USP we can get a job anywhere in the world and that is a great opportunity that I would love to explore,” he relayed.

Mr Vunidravo said he wanted to do a degree in Land Management and he was sure he would not regret coming to USP.

“I want to pursue my career because most of the stuff we deal with at work is in regards to land. I carry out a lot of evaluation exercises and I liaise a lot with landowners.

“I am confident that I will benefit greatly from this programme and it will help me understand my work much better,” he stated.

Nineteen-year-old Kia Williams said she looked forward to exploring the new environment.

“I chose USP because of the relevance of its courses and programmes which I do not see anywhere else and I am looking forward to a head start,” she said.

“It is so different from high school and I am loving it already,” said the former student of St Joseph Secondary School.

“I have enrolled into the Bachelor of Commerce programme majoring in Accounting and Finance. I have always wanted to become an Accountant and this is an opportune time for me to pursue this dream of mine,” she said.

Fuatino Vaiaoualuli, 19, who came all the way from Samoa, said it was not easy leaving her family behind.

“This is my first time in Fiji and although I look forward to new friends here I really miss my family back home. I know I will get used to being away from them so I need to work hard.

“They have very high hopes for me and I will not disappoint them,” she said.

She said in Samoa there are a lot of USP alumni working for Government and NGO’s and she hoped that one day she would share their experience and join them too.

“I am the first one in my family to attend USP and I want to make them proud eventually,” she noted.

Temboa Tibuuarate, 20 of Kiribati said USP sounded exciting and interesting.

“I guess the one thing I am excited about apart from everything else is the fact that there is a diversity of cultures here at USP and I am looking forward to learning from that,” Mr Tibuuarate said.

He added that coming to USP would help him achieve his dreams and help his family back home.

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