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Mr Dinesh Rao, Best PhD graduate receives his award from USP Chancellor and Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Honourable Henry Puna.

Gold Medallist and Assistant Lecturer at The University of the South Pacific (USP), Mr Dinesh Rao is thankful to the University for sponsoring its staff to undertake part time studies.

Under this benefit, USP encourages staff to undertake a range of accredited pre-tertiary, undergraduate and postgraduate study which is related to the skills and needs of the Faculties and Sections in which they work in. The staff member who is sponsored is exempted from paying tuition fees.

Mr Rao, who is the Assistant Lecturer at USP's School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences (SCIMS), received the BSP Bank sponsored, Best PhD graduate award.

His PhD thesis is on ‘Mathematical Programing in stratified random sampling’. The thesis contains two parts; the first part deals with the problem of determining optimum strata boundaries and optimum sample size and the second part deals with the improvement of survey estimates in stratified sampling using calibration estimation.

Mr Rao thanked USP for sponsoring his PhD studies and said that the scheme is a very good opportunity for University staff to study at USP on part time basis.

Working in USP for fifteen (15) years, Mr Rao was overjoyed to receive the Best PhD graduate award, as this, he said, was one of the most precious award in his academic career.

Being a full time staff and a part time student, one of the major challenges Mr Rao faced was getting enough time for his studies. He overcame this by usually staying back late at work to catch up with his studies.

The other challenge for the father of two was balancing his family life with studies, and added that he would keep Sundays free to spend time with his family.

"I would like to admit that it was not easy to work and study at the same time," Mr Rao said.

Mr Rao urged all University staff to take advantage of the staff sponsorship scheme provided by USP.

He was also a gold medallist in his Undergraduate and Master of Science studies at USP. In 2002, he was awarded a Graduate Assistant Scholarship to complete his Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science degree.

Mr Rao was appointed as a tutor at USP in 2005 and in 2007 he became the Assistant Lecturer at the University.

He has also received a commonwealth award to attend the 2017 Science Conference in Singapore, as a PhD delegate.

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