New students attending the FALE orientation at the Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) welcomed its new students at a packed Australia-Pacific lecture theatre at the Laucala Campus on 31 January 2018.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE extended a warm welcome to the students and congratulated them for securing a place at the University and particularly with FALE.
She mentioned that at USP, the journey would be an exciting one but the onus is on the students to “make it happen”.
“You have now set out on a completely different journey where we will treat you as our partners, as adults and we expect that in this journey of learning and creativity, you will learn to be responsible,” she advised the students.
“You are the captain of your journey and we are only here to guide you. The choices that you make is entirely up to you and it is also very important to manage your time well,” she said.
Sharing the sentiments of the Honourable Jone Usamate, Minister for Employment and Productivity during his keynote address at the opening of the Orientation Week, Dr Kedrayate said students nowadays are very fortunate to have orientation compared to what it was years ago when there was nothing organised.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE welcomes new students to USP.
“These days everything comes easy and is made available to you, all you have to do is take that opportunity and make use of it,” she urged.
Dr Kedrayate encouraged the students to study hard “because a lot of sacrifice has been made for you to be here, either by your parents or your spouses and some of you may even be the first ones from your community to enrol at USP, so we hope that you will do your best”.
Students were assured that FALE had the best academic and support staff at USP and were thus encouraged to make use of them.
“Please do not hesitate to come and see us should you have a problem, we also have support from Student Learning Specialists (SLS) who can guide you all the way,” she advised.
Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the School of Education (SOEd) stated that there is a huge demand for teachers in Fiji and the region and the SOEd is the place to be.
“Teaching is the profession of all professions. You will be responsible for nurturing the minds of the future leaders of any nation, and in particular here in the Pacific,” he said.
“We are the leading pre-service and in-service teacher education institution of excellence within the region and we provide quality educational services as well as professional development programmes,” he added.
Dr James Johnson, Head of the School of Social Sciences (SOSS) said they carry out research and teaching in disciplines like Psychology, Social Work, History, Sociology, Gender Studies, and Policing.
“We strive to engage in teaching, research and community activities that meet the needs of all citizens in the Pacific region,” he said.
“We are student-centred and a central focus is to train students to be competitive in the international market,” Dr Johnson added.
Mr Kapil Nadan, FALE's First Year Experience (FYE) Coordinator informed students that his office assisted in offering opportunities for skills development like debates and student forums.
He further advised students to use them as a reference point where they can be referred to staff who can assist them even further with their queries.
Presentations were also made by the School of Law, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies and support services such as the Library and Student Administrative Services.
Semester one begins on 5 February 2018.
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