Associate Professor Anjeela Jokhan, Dean of FSTE addresses the students.
Informative presentations, quizzes, entertainment from regional countries, interactive videos and a hearty welcome by the Dean were all part of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment’s (FSTE) Orientation at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus on 30 January 2018.
Close to seven hundred (700) students took part in the Orientation and learnt about what their Faculty and the University has to offer during their stay at USP.
In welcoming the new students, Associate Professor Anjeela Jokhan, Dean of FSTE congratulated the students for choosing to come to USP, and more importantly to FSTE.
“As Dean of the Faculty, my job is to make sure that all our students understand the programme they are enrolled in, know where to go, what to do and ensure that you not just have a successful journey at USP, but really an enjoyable one,” Associate Professor Jokhan said.
She told the students that their University stay will contribute to some of the best times in their lives adding that “they should make the most of it.”
In line with the University’s vision as a whole, the Faculty seeks to be the intellectual centre of excellence in science, technology and environment in the region and carry out Pacific based research, consultancy and provide quality education.
“We are proud to say that we believe this very strongly and work towards it every day,” she said.
She further talked about the Faculty’s mission, which is tobe the prime education provider of environmentally, and socially responsible scientists and technologists, trained to an international standard with the integrity and capacity to enhance the development and well-being of the people of the Pacific region.
The Dean shed light on the five (5) schools of the Faculty, namely, the School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, School of Engineering and Physics, School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and the School of Marine Studies.
These schools, she added comprises a number of disciplines, some of which the students have enrolled in.
In addition to the schools, the Faculty has two (2) institutes, which are the Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) and Institute of Marine Resources (IMR).
Some of the students during the FSTE orientation at the Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre.
“These institutes carry out consultancy work and generate some revenue for the Faculty,” Associate Professor Jokhan mentioned.
Apart from the normal programmes, she stated that Faculty offers four-year professional programmes that are internationally accredited.
These include Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) which are accredited by Engineers, New Zealand, while Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Networks and Security are accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
USP, as an institution offers several programmes and common to these programmes are the graduate attributes, about which Associate Professor Jokhan emphasised on.
Academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and integrity, capacity for leadership, appreciation of Pacific cultures, and cross-cultural competencies are some of these attributes.
The Dean further talked about the Graduate outcomes, introduced the Associate Deans of the Faculty and invited Heads of Schools to speak to the new students.
The FSTE orientation also included information on first year student experience, academic counselling services, faculty learning support services and tools, Faculty Online Orientation Tool (FOOT), Online Mathematics Diagnostic Test (OMDT) and presentations from other sections from the University including Information Technology Services (ITS), Library, Student Administrative Services and Campus Life.
Students were also encouraged to participate in the Refresher and Induction Programme which is being held throughout the Orientation Week at Level 4, Japan-Pacific ICT Centre.
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