Part of the Pacific TAFE graduation crowd at the FMF Gymnasium Suva.
A total of three hundred and forty one (341) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) students graduated from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP’s) first Laucala graduation ceremony on 22 March 2018 at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.
USP’s 24th Chancellor, His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote conferred the diplomas and certificates to all Pacific TAFE graduates.
A total of 1774 students received certificates, diplomas and degrees in this round of graduation at Laucala, 5 per cent more than last year
Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President while congratulating the graduates for achieving such a milestone saying, their achievements will help them increase the chance of lifelong success anywhere in the world”.
“Today, you really deserve to celebrate your hard work, sacrifice and perseverance. Remember to thank those who have supported you in your journey, your parents & families, sponsors, lecturers and tutors, without whose support you would not have reached this far,” he said.
Professor Chandra said the University continues its quest to improve its quality and reputation through international accreditations of its programmes.
USP he said, has now achieved a total of 26 international accreditations and 10 international recognitions exceeding the Strategic Plan’s KPIs and for a University with no international accreditation before 2013, this is a remarkable achievement.
In highlighting Pacific TAFE’s achievements, Professor Chandra mentioned that of 19-year-old, Steven Taukafa, a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery student, who won the sole gold medal and first prize in the (Junior) Category – Brunch Breakfast Live at the Moffat National Salon Culinaire competition, in Nadi last November.
Steven competed against industry professionals and students from other institutions. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is an internationally accredited programme with International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE ICE).
Another achievement by Pacific TAFE is the hosting of its inaugural awards function for thirteen (13) of its students who have completed the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) accredited programme.
Pacific TAFE also became the first offshore Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) in 2016 and held a graduation ceremony for its first batch of students graduating with the qualification on the scope of registration, Certificate IV in Project Management Practice (BSB41515).
Professor Chandra also stated that Pacific TAFE received two (2) international accreditations and two (2) international recognitions for its programmes in December 2017, surpassing the target set out in the Strategic Plan (2013-2018).
“These international accreditations are external validations of quality and is consistent with the University’s quest to align its programmes to international benchmarks,” he noted.
The Diploma of Library & Information Services (level 5) received its accreditation from Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA); Certificate III in Patisserie has been accredited by The International Centre for Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education (THE-ICE); Certificate IV in Information Technology (Support) received international recognition against New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) standards from Skills International New Zealand; and Certificate III in Small Business Development and Management received its international endorsement from Small Business Association of Australia.
Graduate speaker, Lasarusa Tabua, thanked Pacific TAFE staff and the Executive management team (EMT) for providing students with many platforms to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
He told graduates it is their hard work that had earned them a spot in this year’s graduation.
“It is you, who has brought smiles to your families today, you, who made it through after so many tough days in USP so please give yourself a round of applause,” Tabua said.
Tabua, who graduated in Diploma of Office management paid tribute to parents particularly those, who have passed on.
“We want to say we miss you and we only wish you could be here with us today, to witness your investments and celebrate our success together,” he said.
He also urged his fellow graduates, to make decisions with their best interests in mind.
“Let us believe in ourselves so that we may reach our goals and fulfil our dreams. Let us be the best that we can be so that we may fill our lives and the lives of those closest to us with happiness and with pride.” he added.
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