A packed auditorium at the Laucala Campus during the FBE orientation.
More than a thousand new students packed the Australia-Pacific Lecture theatre at The University of the South Pacific (USP) during orientation for the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) on 29 January, 2018.
FBE, the largest faculty at USP, comprises eight (8) schools, namely the School of Accounting and Finance, Graduate School of Business, School of Land Management & Development, School of Economics, School of Government, Development & International Affairs, School of Management & Public Administration, School of Tourism & Hospitality Management and the School of Agriculture & Food Technology based at the Alafua Campus in Samoa.
Professor Arvind Patel, Acting Dean of FBE welcomed the students to the campus and encouraged them to learn as much as they could while at USP.
“It is going to be a whole new world for you and nothing like your secondary school days,” he said.
Professor Patel explained that they would have to find time to do their readings and assignments and that time management is an important aspect of success at university level.
Students were also encouraged to ask questions whenever they felt confused and were assured that staff are always ready to help and assist them.
“One of the mistakes I made when I first came to study here years back was I never asked questions and that proved difficult for me later on,” he shared.
Ms Roshila Singh, Student Learning Specialist, explained that Student Learning Support (SLS) provides learning support for students to help bridge the gap between pre-tertiary and tertiary education.
According to Ms Singh, services offered by SLS include Peer Mentoring, Peer-assisted student sessions, English and Mathematics basic skills, study guides, workshops and induction programmes.
Mr Joseva Veresi, First-Year Experience (FYE) Coordinator said the FYE programme is designed to help new students have a seamless transition to tertiary studies.
“The most relevant experiences are categorised into academic, physical and emotional,” he said.
Mr Veresi urged students to succeed in their studies adding there is no excuse to fail due to expectations of the, family, USP and scholarship providers, including their own personal expectations.
“FYE matters because it establishes a connection between students and the University and it assists student acquire knowledge and skills for self-directed learning and academic achievement,” he noted.
Students were also informed that FYE fosters a caring and supportive academic and experiental environment and exposes student to diverse ideas, experience and people within the USP community.
The USP orientation will end on 1 February.
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