VC addresses students at USP’s Lawson Tama Campus in Honiara
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USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra addresses students at Lawson Tama campus in Honiara in Solomon Islands.
The Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra addressed the students, (mostly new students) on 14 February 2017 during his visit to USP’s Lawson Tama campus in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Professor Chandra welcomed the students to USP and said he was pleased to be addressing them at the beginning of the semester.
“USP is advanced in its preparatory phase for the development of a new Campus on the twelve (12) acre land provided by the Government of Solomon Islands at the site at King George VI school but this will not be ready until the end of 2018,” Professor Chandra said.
He went on to say that in the meantime, the University is mindful of providing comfortable space and facilities for their studies. In this regard, he and USP Pro-Chancellor, Mr Winston Thompson will be talking to Solomon Islands Government for possible leasing of additional premises so that the growing number of students can be accommodated for next two (2) years.
“Solomon Islands is the fastest growing Campus in terms of enrolment after Fiji and the University will ensure that the current students have better learning space and facilities until the new campus is completed,” Professor Chandra emphasised.
Professor Chandra said that he wanted to know from the students of any difficulties they are facing so that the University can make every effort to sort out such issues in a prompt manner. He requested students and staff to be frank and relate any problems they are facing.
A number of issues were raised by the students which ranged from difficulty to access computer labs and slowness of connection; satellite tutorials to be recorded on disks; non – offer of MG 311 course this semester; and adequate bandwidth and issues relating to requirements to take up courses.
Students listen to Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President’s address at Lawson Tama campus in Honiara.
Professor Chandra thanked students for raising these issues and assured them that they will be resolved by the relevant staff. He informed the students that from the beginning of this semester USP is implementing two major initiatives to support them in their studies.
“The first is the lecture capture initiative whereby all lectures delivered this semester are being recorded, which becomes available to students 24 hours later through the Moodle platform,” he assured students.
The Vice-Chancellor and President encouraged students to use the Moodle and if they are having difficulty with it then the Campus will conduct a Moodle session so students are at ease to use that for their studies.
The lecture capture system gives students access to video and audio recordings of many of their lectures, thus providing a flexible learning experience.
The second initiative is the distribution of tablets to all new full time students enrolled in a degree programme. This is part of USP’s new mobile platform for learning. He said that the tablets will be issued by the Acting Campus Director soon.
According to Professor Chandra “in addition to addressing the delivery of high quality education through flexible learning, the University is adopting new pedagogies that the students can be engaged in.”
He thanked the students for their patience and for choosing USP for their tertiary studies. He assured them that USP is implementing initiatives to support them in their University life and wished the students well in their studies.
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