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SOEd conducts Postgraduate session at Fiji’s friendly North

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Professor Govinda Lingam, Centre back, Dr Jeremy Dorovolomo, far right, and Mr. Adrian Kumar Far Left, with some of Labasa Postgraduate students.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) held a Postgraduate Evening for its students at the Labasa Campus on 27 October, 2017.

A total of 15 postgraduate students attended the session which was conducted by Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of School, School of Education (SOED); Dr Jeremy Dorovolomo, Chair, SOED Research Committee; and Mr. Adrian Kumar, SOED Postgraduate Officer.

Professor Lingam said it was encouraging to see the turn-out as inter-departmental relationships are encouraged within the School of Education and candidates from other Schools and Faculties can also benefit from attending such a session.

Mr. Adrian Kumar began the evening by outlining the SOEd’s procedures from creating a research intent through to the submission of a thesis for examination.

He also clarified funding opportunities and the new USP online postgraduate research portal.

Dr Dorovolomo then spoke to candidates about opportunities available to publish their research with the SOEd while they are in their candidacy and beyond.

He emphasised that SOEd has rejuvenated the long running Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, in which postgraduate students can submit papers for consideration and where several thesis candidates will have papers published before the end of the year.

He further explained that SOED also has an edited book series and proceedings where thesis candidates can further publish their work.

Professor Lingam stressed that even with the best supervisor, if the student does not take the initiative to push their thesis, he or she will face problems in completing.

“If, for instance, someone takes too long simply to do a proposal, he or she is likely to be de-registered,” he stressed.

Having said that, Professor Lingam also emphasised that supervisors have a serious duty to ensure students are completing on time.

Professor Lingam reiterated that the SOEd recognises the need to provide a quality service to its candidates who are at a distance from the Laucala Campus, thus, the reason for meetings such as the one in Labasa.

He also confirmed that the SOEd will look into students’ concerns, some of which can be resolved at campus level, and others in which the School can mediate through a campus lecturer, research symposiums, and supervisory matters.

The SOEd postgraduate team was grateful to also note the candidates perceived strengths in meeting deadlines, persistence, online capabilities and liaison with thesis supervisors.

Over tea, students communicated a variety of queries with the team and showed their appreciation for the visit, ending a fruitful visit to the friendly North. 

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