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Head of College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality, Mr Hamish McCracken introduces pathways to students during USP Open Day.

This year’s Open Day was a historical one for The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education as it showcased pre degree and sub degree programmes together.

This was the result of merger of College of Foundation Studies and former Pacific TAFE into a new Pacific TAFE last year.

The event was hugely successful in Laucala as its booth was open from 8 am to 8 pm. Pacific TAFE staff based at regional campuses actively promoted both level programmes to potential students.

There were displays from all of Pacific TAFE’s learning and teaching units, including College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality; College of Arts and Humanities, College of Science, Technology and Environment and Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU).

The College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality held cooking demonstration sessions and prospective students were given a tour of the state-of-art Pacific Fusion Restaurant and kitchen.

Mr Hamish McCracken, Head of this College highlighted that Pacific TAFE students at the restaurant displayed outstanding performance while showcasing their commercial cookery and hospitality skills.

“The cooking demonstration stood out for the way the students involved themselves and the enthusiasm they promoted USP with. The ingredients for this were sponsored by Punjas and Fonterra for which we are very grateful,” Mr McCracken said.

Other booths of this College focused on giving academic advice with posters and brochures with quizzes in between.

The College of Science, Technology and Environment had displays on job opportunities for the various disciplines, mathematics quizzes with prizes up to free movie tickets for the more difficult questions, geography quizzes with prizes, computer games and quizzes with prizes and laboratory demonstrations students could participate in set up for the Lab based disciplines of Chemistry, Biology and Physics to help demonstrate the fun of these disciplines.

The team from this College provided information on entry requirements for the various programmes, the courses offered (both required and electives where relevant) for each Programme and information on Student Learning Support provided by Pacific TAFE.

Dr Brad Carte, Head of College, said that the laboratory demonstrations and various quizzes by all disciplines were all very popular with visiting students.

Dr Carte commended the work of Pacific TAFE student volunteers and said that student engagement during the Open Day was excellent.

“They worked long hours, were always very friendly to the visiting students and related well to their questions and interests.  The Open Day would not have been such a success if not for these student volunteers,” Dr Carte said.

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Pacific TAFE Executive Director thanked his staff for their contribution towards a successful Open Day.

“I would like to convey my appreciation to staff who contributed in terms of organizing logistics and showcasing our programmes/subjects to potential students at their respective campuses,” Mr Lal said.

He also thanked the Regional Campus Coordinators for leading their teams. In Laucala, he expressed his appreciation to Mr Praneel Dayal, the Organising Chair and his committee members for grandeur platform this year.

He commended Mr Pasirio Kitione, Coordinator Tourism & Hospitality programmes and his team for the live cooking demonstration and displays in the training kitchen and restaurant to students.

“Overall, it was very well organized under new Pacific TAFE and we will get back to the drawing board to see how we can strengthen showcase platform and ambience for next year,” Mr Lal noted.

This news item was published on 7 Aug 2017 11:02:26 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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