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USP Tuvalu Campus focuses on community engagement

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Dr. Lagi (standing, right) assisting the Year 13 History students of Motufoua Secondary School, as their Language teacher, Mr. Sosemea, a BA major in Language and Literature student looks on.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus has recently been engaging with the people of Tuvalu on a more interactive approach in an effort to pave a brighter future for Tuvalu.

Taking on the initiative, Dr Rosiana Lagi, USP Tuvalu’s Campus Director made a three day trip visiting the Central Islands of Tuvalu. 

“The purpose of the visit was to assist students with their assignments, consult with stakeholders, especially the Secretary of the Island Council, who facilitates USP courses in the islands.

“I also consulted with current students and students whose studies have lapsed, on issues they may be facing and work out ways in which these could be addressed,” Dr Lagi stated.

She noted that two of the major challenges faced by students are the Internet connectivity and the costly Internet charges, where students face delays in submitting assignments.

“I have taken this issue on board and we will now seek ways these challenges can be resolved for the betterment of their studies,” Dr Lagi said.

Furthermore, Dr. Lagi also assisted in teaching a Year 13 History lesson at the Motufoua Secondary School to demonstrate the implementation of the Constructivist Approach to Language and Social Science teachers.  In addition, enable students to have a feel of University Level teaching approach.

‘We are delighted that you can take time out to visit USP students and also discuss with us issues we are facing and how we can address them,” Mr. Ionatana, the Vaitupu Council Secretary commented.

Principal of Motufoua Secondary School, Mr, Siautele Lito, stated that they are pleased with the developments USP is making in Tuvalu especially in the offering of courses and programs as cohorts and school based in their school.

Some students who have lapsed in their programme were also assisted.

‘I am fortunate that you have come to visit us and advise us on the appropriate program to take.  Now that I am teaching higher classes, being able to complete a Degree from the outer island will be a bonus,” an elated Ms. Foloi Vitale, a teacher in Nui Island stated.

Dr Lagi mentioned how proud she was to see USP students working in the outer islands and at the same time studying and striving to complete higher degrees. 

“However, I feel for the issues they are facing and am trying to assist to ensure students in the outer islands have the same access as students at the Tuvalu and Laucala campus are having,” Dr. Lagi added.


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