Secondary school students at the Pacific TAFE booth during the Open Day at USP Labasa Campus.
Twenty four (24) secondary schools from as far as Taveuni South to the interiors of Bua, covering a span of three confederacies of Bua, Macuata and Cakaudrove totaling more than 2000 people graced The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Labasa Campus Open Day on 28 July, 2017.
Also present were USP’s stakeholders, sponsors and civil servants who are partners of the University in Labasa and took advantage of showcasing their services and career prospects.
The Chief Guest, Mr Iowane Tiko, Fiji’s Permanent Secretary of Education, in his keynote address reiterated the Government’s commitment in supporting children’s education in Fiji, which he said, was emphasised in the recent announcement of the 2018 budget.
He assured students that the Ministry would work collaboratively with donor governments of Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea and many others in the provision of scholarships for higher tertiary studies, adding that more local scholarships would be available soon.
Dr Samuela Bogitini, Labasa Campus director (L) and Chief Guest Mr Ioane Tiko, Permanent Secretary for Education at the Labasa Campus Open Day.
He particularly acknowledged current students of USP’s Labasa Campus for pursuing their studies from Vanua Levu and making use of the various learning modes made available by the University.
Prospective students were encouraged by the Permanent Secretary to choose a programme of study that would boost their marketability in the career world, especially now that most of USP’s programmes have gained accreditations. He urged them to convince their parents to aspire for tertiary studies and to live their dream.
Mr Tiko’s remarks resonated well with the University’s Open Day theme of Shaping your Future, in allowing students, teachers, and the general public first-hand experience of the vibrancy, versatility, and Pacific consciousness of the University.
Students from South Taveuni Secondary School, who boarded the boat at 2am, attended the Open Day for the first time and spoke of how enlightened and empowered they were.
They took back lovely memories of a vibrant event that not only gave them a fair share of fun but also ignited their dreams of higher studies and available opportunities that they can benefit from at USP.
The 2017 USP Open Day at Labasa Campus was commended by students, teachers, sponsors, and members of the public in the survey forms that were disseminated on that day.
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