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Shahil Avishal Pravind received the Dean’s Award for Most Outstanding First Year Student.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is focused on student needs while also being the premier tertiary education provider in the region, according to Shahil Avishal Pravind.

Shahil who is the Most Outstanding First Year Student of USP’s Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) in 2016 said that USP’s student-centred environment was a major contributing factor towards him getting an A+ in all of his courses last year.

“The lecturers and tutors understand how students work, so their lecture deliveries are student focused. Their teaching is not just for the sake of it, but centres more on how students learn and understand concepts,” Shahil highlighted.

According to Shahil, USP is very student-centric when it comes to its facilities and the University tries to help the students, from providing good facilities to having peer mentors to assist students with their studies.

Shahil is a second year student enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Computing Science and Information Systems.

For the 20-year-old student, getting the Most Outstanding First Year Student award was the result of his personal goals set to achieve A+ in all courses. Shahil learnt about the criteria of the award, set a personal target and worked towards it.

While thanking his lecturers, tutors, peer mentors and PASS leaders, Shahil said that without their assistance, he would not have been able to get such grades.

The Tavua-student acknowledged the support of his parents who made sure that he had a good experience away from home.

During his school holidays in 2015, Shahil had prepared himself for university by going over some computing books.

“The textbook I read had a lot of relevant information so when I came here I knew a lot of things in my Computing Science course so I did not have to study much on that,” he said.

Shahil, who is a Peer Mentor at FSTE this year, commended the student learning specialist services provided by USP and added that they had played a crucial role in assisting him in one of his weaker units last year.

In the longer term, Shahil is working towards furthering his studies at the Postgraduate level but meanwhile he is aspiring to get double gold medals as part of his Undergraduate studies at USP.

Other achievements and awards secured by Shahil include receiving 1st Prize in the Coding Carnival in 2016; Most Outstanding First Year Student in Computer Science - 2016; and Most Outstanding First Year Student in Information Systems - 2016.

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