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Pioneering students attend new Pacific TAFE orientation

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Professor Richard Coll, Acting USP Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services delivering his address during Pacific TAFE’s orientation.

Pioneering students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) new Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) attended their orientation session at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre on 2 February 2017.

Pacific TAFE which is a merger of the College of Foundation Studies and previous Pacific TAFE include Preliminary, Foundation and Skills Programmes.

Professor Richard Coll, Acting USP Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services said that Pacific TAFE has a history in continuing education and added that as part of the University’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018), the old Pacific TAFE was merged with the Foundation Studies Programme.

 “It was a carefully considered move made by the University and it is carefully managed to ensure that the students can come into an institution like the new Pacific TAFE from a variety of backgrounds and situations and have a clear pathway,” Professor Coll said.

Pacific TAFE qualifications produces graduates to find entry and para professional employment opportunities, pathways for higher studies and career advancement for working people.

With twenty-nine (29) programmes spread over three (3) Colleges namely Business, Tourism & Hospitality, Arts & Humanities and Science, Technology & Environment; Pacific TAFE gives students, a wide range of study options to choose from.

“These three (3) colleges mirror the three (3) Faculties of USP so the intention there is that you can come from a variety of backgrounds at various points of the academic spectrum but then have clear pathways which have been approved by the University’s senate right through into degree level that you choose to carry on in your studies,” Professor Coll explained.

New students at Pacific TAFE’s orientation with Professor Richard Coll, Acting USP Vice-Chancellor and Mr Hasmukh Lal, Pacific TAFE Director (second and third from right) at Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre.

In thanking the students for choosing to study at USP’s Pacific TAFE, Director Mr Hasmukh Lal said that students are the number one priority at Pacific TAFE and assured them that they will be successful with their learning journey till the completion of their programme.

Mr Lal highlighted that the orientation process is the first step towards becoming a full-fledged Pacific TAFE student.

He further said that Pacific TAFE prepares work ready graduates in most of the qualifications so that students with no industry experience are fully geared and made competent for occupation and as such, students in most qualifications will undergo workplace attachments in order to graduate.

This year, Pacific TAFE has introduced three new programmes which are Diploma in Counselling (Level 5), Certificate III in Small Business Development & Management, and Certificate III in Patisserie, and Mr Lal especially welcomed students enrolled in these programmes as pioneers.

Mr Lal stressed that quality is of paramount importance in growing Pacific TAFE.

 “Last year, we received six (6) international accreditations and we anticipate over six (6) this year as well. The reason we secure international accreditations is to ensure that our students undergo internationally competitive learning and upon graduation have employability edge in terms of employment opportunities or career advancement,” Mr Lal said.

During orientation the new students also learnt about the policies and procedures that regulate the University, received information about the services available to them as students, and gained valuable information about their programme of study. 

They met their academic advisors, College Heads, Programme Coordinators and Course Facilitators as well.

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