Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP (right) opens the new Labasa Centre.
The Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) at The University of the South Pacific (USP) has expanded its services to Vanua Levu on a large scale through officially opening another Centre in Labasa, on 2 February 2018.
The expansion is due to the growing demand of students’ interest in internationally accredited courses offered by Pacific TAFE and the growing commitment and presence of Pacific TAFE in the Northern Division.
The Centre, which is located at Gurbachan Singh Mall, has four (4) lecture/training rooms, a conference room, staff and coordinators room, reception area, kitchen, student discussion area and staff parking facilities. It also has Wireless accessibility in all of its floors and is designed to be disability-friendly.
While opening the Centre, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP said that with its opening, Pacific TAFE is now in a position to provide more of its internationally accredited qualifications in the Northern division.
This means that students from the North will have access to quality tertiary education and will be able to complete all courses of the programmes and graduate without leaving home.
Pacific TAFE, Professor Chandra noted, has recorded impressive enrolment growth with its labour market-driven offerings and up-skilling programmes.
“What is even more remarkable that Pacific TAFE at the same time has greatly increased international accreditations and recognitions,” Professor Chandra said.
He added that Pacific TAFE met its target of sixteen (16), and is now in surplus of one programme as required under the Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018.
Special guests during the opening.
In 2017, Pacific TAFE recorded an increase in enrolment by twenty-seven per cent (27%), contributing twenty-four per cent (24%) of total Campus enrolment.
The new Centre in Labasa will offer Foundation and Preliminary Programmes in Business, Arts and Science.
Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director, Pacific TAFE thanked the Vice-Chancellor and President for availing himself to open the Labasa Centre.
“You opened the Labasa Campus back in 2000, and today another footprint of USP,” Mr Lal said.
USP, Mr Lal highlighted, has made significant strides under Professor Chandra’s leadership, and evolution and transformation of Pacific TAFE is his well thought vision in the Strategic Plan 2013-2018.
The Centre will be managed by the Coordinator, and will house Pacific TAFE teaching and support staff.
Present at the opening were Mr Winston Thompson, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council, Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services, Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President Regional Campuses and Estates and Infrastructure, Mr Charan Jeath Singh, Owner of Gurbachan Mall, Mr Parmod Chand, Honourable Member of Fijian Parliament, Dr Samuela Bogitini, USP Labasa Campus Director, Senior government officials, Representatives from Private Sector and staff of the Labasa Campus and Pacific TAFE.
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