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Working students commend USP for flexible classes

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Mr Ilisaniasi Koroigasagasa receives his orientation kit from a staff of Pacific TAFE.

Working students who have enrolled at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) have commended Pacific TAFE for providing continuing education and flexible class times.

According to Ms Aradhna Devi, who is a pre-school teacher at Arya Samaj Kindergarten said that she can teach her students, attend to her family matters and undertake her studies at the same time. This, she said, has been made possible through the provision of flexible class times by USP.

Ms Devi thanked Pacific TAFE for having an orientation session dedicated to working students and said that a good amount of information was shared during the orientation.

“We got to learn about a number of services provided by USP which will guide me through my studies till I graduate,” Ms Devi said.

A similar sentiment was shared by Mr Ilisaniasi Koroigasagasa, who is enrolled in Diploma in Human Resources Management, adding that he chose USP to further his education because the University catered for working students, in terms of having evening classes.

Mr Koroigasagasa, who has been working in Ministry of Forestry for the past seven (7) years has come back to further his education in human resource management.

“I feel that USP is much better than other universities in terms of their courses and trainings,” Mr Koroigasagasa highlighted.

One of the main reasons why he chose to study at USP is that the application process at USP’s Pacific TAFE is easy.

“They did not require a lot of documents for processing, and as a working student, this saved me a lot of time. I did not have to run around to do my application. It was really easy,” Mr Koroigasagasa said.

For Ms Kelera Rura studying in USP means studying in one of the best universities in Fiji.

(Left) Part of the students during Pacific TAFE’s orientation. (Right) Ms Kelera Rura during the orientation session.

“The fact that USP’s qualifications are internationally recognised has pushed me to further my studies at USP,” Ms Rura said. 

Ms Rura counted herself lucky to be one of the pioneers of the new Pacific TAFE and added that it was an honour for her to be part of this new part of USP.

She is working as a Secretary in Ministry of Health and Medical Services and has enrolled in Certificate IV in office management.

Customer Relations Officer at Unit Trust of Fiji, Ms Makelesi Suraki, who is undertaking Professional Diploma in Business Management through Pacific TAFE said the programme will help her build her career path. 

“I found out that this programme will be the next step ahead if I want to upgrade myself and because of flexibility in class times I chose to study at USP,” Ms Suraki said.

She said that orientation provided a wealth of information about Pacific TAFE and USP as a whole, including Student Support, Campus Life, Information Technology Services and Security Services.

Her message to prospective students is not to limit themselves to work but try and further their studies.

This news item was published on 3 Feb 2017 02:57:13 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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