Students inquiring about USP's programmes and courses during Open Day.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 2017 Open Day on 28 July, 2017 at the Laucala Campus in Suva was a success with almost 10,000 secondary school students exploring the various booths during the Open Day on 28 July, 2017
Thousands of secondary school students went through the various booths at the Laucala Campus which showcased the many programmes and courses on offer at USP.
Staff at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) booth said students were particularly interested in the two theme parks on display - Ridge to Reef Nature Walk and Techno Portal.
The theme park provided an experience of the two facets of Mother Nature today; the tranquility of sustainably managed ridge to reef and the dismay of unsustainably managed environment.
The sustainable park provided a wholesome experience of various natural ecosystems as students walked from the ridge to the reef and equipped them with information and fun facts regarding these.
“A majority of the students were intrigued with the sustainable forest ecosystem which showcased the rich biodiversity of local forests and how these provide many important products for everyday use,” a staff member explained.
For the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Mr Kapil Nadan, First Year Experience Coordinator said they received an overwhelming response from students who were interested in their programmes.
“Most asked about the Teaching profession and Arts and we ensured that the students did not go away disappointed,” he said.
“The students received sound advice and we equipped them with brochures and pamphlets to assist them in making their career choices,” Mr Nadan said.
He added that the staff of the various Schools in FALE were on stand-by to meet the student queries.
Mr Joseva Veresi, First Year Experience Coordinator for the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) said the booths this year were more colourful and attractive.
“I believe the turnout from students this year was much more than last year and there was huge interest from prospective students,” he said.
According to Mr Veresi, FBE partnered with industry representatives to make the encounter with students more interactive and interesting.
“We had on board the Ministry of Agriculture, SPCA and Agro-maketing showing live specimen, livestock and agricultural products,” he explained.
FBE’s School of Accounting and Finance (SOAF) roped in the Fiji Institute of Accountants to create awareness to the students about their programmes and possible career paths.
“We had a better turnout this year and I think this is due to the availability of scholarships including the fact that we partnered with our industry stakeholders who advised students first-hand about career prospects,” he added.
Staff of the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) section said a lot of secondary school students were very interested in how IT at USP worked.
“We had displays and a lot of students came into see for themselves what the USPNet is all about and how USP conducts is affairs in the region, being the leader in the area of ICT,” one staff member said.
For Pacific TAFE, the response was even more exciting.
“Students came in droves to our booths because they have always heard about Pacific TAFE and this was an opportunity for them to get to know more about it,” Mr Sarvesh Singh, Pacific TAFE Marketing and Events officer said.
“We had a lot of displays and several science experiments underway which grabbed the attention of students,” he explained.
Students from a total of 86 schools from Fiji's Western, Eastern and Central division attended the 2017 USP Open Day at the Laucala Campus.
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