Lautoka Campus students at the Student Forum.
Students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus had the opportunity to raise their issues and concerns with the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra as part of the first ever Student Forum hosted in Lautoka on 17 March, 2017.
The Student Forum was attended by Campus Director, Dr Pramila Devi, Learning Systems Manager, Mr Dhiraj Bhartu, and students of the Lautoka Campus.
Professor Chandra encouraged the students to take advantage of the occasion and raise their concerns openly.
He expressed his concern with the students relating to the fire disaster which affected the Campus late last year and assured them of normal operations from this semester.
Professor Chandra said that, so far, this year has been generally good for the University with enrolment numbers coming out much stronger than expected.
“When this happens in a competitive environment, it means that the University’s reputation is better, the students feel that the experience they get is better and facilities are better as well,” Professor Chandra said.
Professor Chandra highlighted that the University has implemented two important initiatives this year. These are the Lecture Capture project and Tablet Learning project.
The Vice-Chancellor and President said that Lecture Capture should really change the way the University operates and that should improve access beyond the Laucala Campus.
Earlier this year, Professor Chandra had announced that full time Undergraduate students, who have paid their fees in full, will receive a tablet each.
“We hope to continue this, and in three (3) years basically everybody coming to USP will have a tool and associated system so that much of the learning can be carried around,” he added.
A representative from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) cohort at Lautoka Campus commended the facilities provided at the Laucala Campus and at the same time requested if similar infrastructure could be provided at the Lautoka Campus for ease of access to study resources.
Talking about the quality of programmes offered by USP, the student said that he was pleased to undertake MBA which was internationally accredited.
A first year Bachelor of Commerce student has called on for more tutorial support from the lecturers/tutors as the first year students in Lautoka are sometimes in need of face-to-face mentoring support, especially when assignments are due.
Other issues raised by the students included:
Extension of Lautoka Campus opening hours;
Turnitin report issues;
Teaching Assistants for students taking Economics, Accounting, Management; and
Slow internet connection;
The Student Forum was followed by a Staff Forum.
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