H.E Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote, President of Fiji confers a USP graduate with her degree during the second Laucala Graduation ceremony for this year.
A total of 1184 students of The University of the South Pacific (USP) graduated as part of the second Laucala Campus graduation ceremony for 2017 at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala, Suva on 22 September.
Of this number, 698 students graduated in the morning session and the remaining 486 in the afternoon session.
A notable feature of this graduation ceremony was that sixty-three per cent (63%) of the graduates were females. Twenty one percent (21%) were from Pacific TAFE, while twenty four (24%) received Postgraduate qualifications. Nine students graduated with PhD.
A major highlight of the graduation was the installation of the University’s new Chancellor, His Excellency Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote, President of Fiji.
The Chancellor is the titular head of the University, who confers the qualifications to the graduates of the University. H.E. Konrote is the 24th Chancellor of USP.
The Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra warmly welcomed the new Chancellor to the USP family.
“It is befitting that our 24th Chancellor, installed this year, is the President of Fiji, the country in which USP was born and that he will be part USP as it prepares for its 50th Anniversary in 2018,” Professor Chandra said.
The graduation ceremony was divided into two sessions, with morning session for students graduating from the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) and the second ceremony, which saw students graduate from the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) and Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
PhD graduate, Sumeet Kour from India receives her degree from the Chancellor, H.E Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote, President of Fiji.
Professor Chandra congratulated the graduates and said that their graduation concludes the achievement of a major milestone in their life, one that will fundamentally change their life and increase the chance of lifelong success anywhere in the world.
He provided an update on the University’s latest developments and said that USP is currently in the fifth year of its current Strategic Plan which aims to steer the University towards becoming an excellent institution that delivers outstanding results for the Pacific Island region with a world-wide reputation.
The University, Professor Chandra added, has continued its quest to improve its quality and reputation through international accreditations of its programmes and has to date achieved twenty four (24) international accreditations and eight (8) international recognitions.
“The accreditation of the University’s programmes makes the students’ qualifications marketable internationally as it becomes comparable with similar programmes by other universities from around the world,” he stated.
USP’s current enrolment stands strong at around 30,000, driven by the attraction to quality education that makes it the premier higher education institution in the region.
As part of its regional campus development, the Vice-Chancellor and President highlighted that the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Solomon Islands Campus was successfully held on 24 August.
ADB has provided a loan of US$15.4 million for the development of the new Solomon Islands Campus, which has been guaranteed by the Solomon Islands Government.
Additionally, Professor Chandra mentioned that a US$1.5m grant was provided by ADB’s Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility (CEFPF), for the construction of a solar panel photovoltaic system which will meet seventy-five per cent (75%) of the energy needs at this new Campus.
Graduate, Ashley Setiano Vasula, with his family after the graduation.
He also noted that from the beginning of this year, the University has provided with a tablet each to first year full time students to enable enhanced avenue to learning resources, which will be expanded next year. This is an effort by the University to respond to digital and mobile learning opportunities.
The Lecture Capture project was also launched successfully at the beginning of Semester 1, this year. Lecture capture enables greater access to lectures and at the convenience and comfort of the students.
The University also opened its FJ$1.3million Nadi Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre last month, which will conduct training for Commercial Cookery, Patisserie and in Hospitality Operations through Pacific TAFE.
A FJ$9.3 million Halls of Residence at the Laucala Campus was opened in July this year and works on the 12th Hall facilities are also currently in progress which will create additional 420 beds for students.
On the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, Professor Chandra invited everyone to be part of this historic milestone in the development of USP and the development of the region.
Students from 23 countries graduated during the second graduation ceremony, of which students non-member countries include those from Afghanistan, Belize, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Germany, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and the United States of America.
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