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Successful Graduation at USP Solomon Islands Campus

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Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council confers a certificate to a graduate.

Two hundred and twenty eight (228) students received their degree, diplomas and certificates during The University of South Pacific’s (USP) Solomon Islands Campus graduation on 29 September 2017.

Thirty-nine per cent (39%) of those that graduated today were females and twenty-four per cent (24%) of the graduates graduated with Postgraduate qualifications.

Two (2) graduates from the Republic of Marshall Islands and three (3) from Fiji graduated along with 223 Solomon Islands graduates.

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President welcomed everyone to the graduation and congratulated the graduates for concluding the achievement of a major milestone in their lives.

Professor Chandra especially welcomed Mr James Bosamata, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education, who performed the role of Pro-Chancellor at the graduation.

Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council was acting as the Chancellor and conferred the degrees, diplomas and certificates to the graduates.

The Vice-Chancellor and President told the graduates that after their graduation, they will join over 47,000 USP alumni worldwide and urged them to maintain their links with the University through the Alumni network.

Professor Chandra was pleased to announce that student enrolment at the Solomon Islands Campus remains high for a Campus this size. He added that this year the student enrolment is at 4405, which is a significant growth by seventeen per cent (17%).

“This point to the increasing demand in Solomon Islands for tertiary education that is likely to continue well into the future,” Professor Chandra highlighted.

He informed that USP continues to strongly focus on the priorities of member countries through its Strategic Research Themes (SRTs) and there are currently six SRT-based projects, funded by USP, involving Solomon Islands.

Professor Chandra further congratulated the Government of Solomon Islands for establishing the Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority (SITESA) adding that, “I wish to assure the government that USP is fully committed to working within the policies and procedures established by SITESA, and will support it fully.”

Talking about Campus development in Solomon Islands, the Vice-Chancellor and President said that the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Campus was successfully held last month.

The ADB has provided a loan of US$15.4 million for the development of the new Campus and US$1.5m grant was provided by the ADB for renewable energy that will meet seventy five per cent (75%) of the energy needs of the Campus.

“This has been long in the making and we are very excited to be at this stage and look forward to an outstanding Campus that has been worth waiting for. I thank the Government for its leadership and support for the new Campus,” Professor Chandra said.

He was pleased to note that the Ministry of Education is planning to sponsor first year students to do their studies at the local Campus before leaving for Laucala Campus.

In terms of the Postgraduate programmes, Professor Chandra informed that the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education are two (2) of the most popular programmes at the Solomon Islands Campus.

The University also supports the communities, business houses, government and those citizens who may not have had the chance to go through the formal education system by providing continuing and community outreach programmes that include basic, intermediate and advanced studies in areas such as English, Mathematics, Book Keeping and Computing.

These courses, he added, provide a pathway for students to get into the academic stream. Currently there are eight seven (87) untrained teachers from the Makira Ulawa Province undertaking the Certificate in Teaching programme and will graduate in two years’ time.

On the University’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, Professor Chandra invited everyone to be part of this historic milestone in the development of USP and the region and organise local events that mark this major milestone.

Present at graduation ceremony was  the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellors of Solomon Islands National University; Honourable Cabinet Ministers and Senior Officials of the Solomon Islands Government; members of the Diplomatic Corps; Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police; Dr Patricia Rodie, Solomon Islands Campus Director; Heads of international and regional organisations; Chair and members of the Solomon Islands Campus Advisory Committee. 



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This news item was published on 29 Sep 2017 03:28:21 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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