Pacific TAFE’s first evening Orientation for Working Students
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Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director of Pacific TAFE addresses new students.
An inaugural orientation session was held in the evening for working students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
The orientation was held on 3 February 2017, at USP’s Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre in Laucala Campus.
Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director of Pacific TAFE said that in previous years, working students were always deprived of the orientation opportunity.
This year, Mr Lal said, his team was determined to include working students in the orientation programme, hence the evening session.
In his welcome address, Mr Lal said that, “we are also equally excited about your new phase of life, which is to further your education here at USP.” Pacific TAFE experience, he added, is one that students will remember and cherish for years to come.
He stressed that one of the good things about studying at Pacific TAFE is that the timetable is really convenient for working students.
“Regardless of the number of students in a particular course these numbers are broken into cohorts of 20-30 students and for working students we run evening classes as well,” Mr Lal said.
From this year, Foundation and Preliminary programmes have been classified in three disciplines which are in Business, Arts and Science and students after completing Preliminary and Foundation can look up to their skills programme in the relevant college of Pacific TAFE or relevant Faculties for their destination degree programme.
“These are very clear pathways that we have at USP and I must say, USP has championed multiple pathway provisions in the region,” Mr Lal highlighted.
Talking about the quality of Pacific TAFE programmes, the Director assured students that all qualifications are approved by USP’s stringent quality assurance system just like any other programme.
He further explained that the Quality and Accreditation team will have regular checks on the delivery from teaching teams and will seek student feedback in terms of mid semester/semester evaluation, student forums and through dedicated email service.
Mr Lal told the students that their learning journey will not be alone and Pacific TAFE will not leave them disengaged, adding that, “we have student learning support and I promise that there will be escalated activities including industry mentoring as the semester unfolds.”
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