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“Festival of Learning” launched at USP Lautoka Campus

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Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President Regional Campuses and Estates and Infrastructure (centre) with Lautoka Campus staff during the launch.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus launched its Golden Jubilee celebrations with a march from Shirley Park to the Campus at Vidilo Street, Lautoka on 11 July 2018.

Termed their 50th Anniversary celebration as “Festival of Learning” the Campus organised a three-day celebration with activities including focus group seminars (for education, corporate and public sector), public displays around the Campus, and an alumni function.

Dr Pramila Devi, Lautoka Campus Director warmly welcomed everyone to the launch and thanked the staff and students for coming out in numbers for the march.

Dr Devi noted that over the past fifty (50) years the University has achieved a lot and established itself as a premier tertiary education provider in the Pacific.

She said that it is a proud moment for the University to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and considered the occasion even more special as she is also an alumnus of USP.

In launching the 50th Anniversary celebration for Lautoka Campus, Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President Regional Campuses and Estates and Infrastructure congratulated the Campus Director, staff and students of Lautoka Campus for this historic achievement.

Dr Paunga informed everyone that in marking the 50th Anniversary of the University, all fourteen (14) Campuses are celebrating the milestone achievement with a theme of “Celebrating the Pacific, Shaping its Future.

He provided a brief history of the University highlighting that the establishment of USP was a foundational vision of the Pacific leaders during that time.

Staff of USP Lautoka Campus during the opening march.

This, he added, was the time when majority of the Pacific Island Countries were moving towards political independence.

Talking about USP’s journey over the past five (5) decades, Dr Paunga commented that it was not an easy one, as there were times when Pacific Island Countries had limited resources.

But, he added that the University’s member countries have been excited to see the 50th Anniversary coming to fruition this year.

Dr Paunga further stated that even though Pacific Island countries are small in size, the University is spread across thirty-three (33) million square kilometers across the Pacific Ocean.

“Despite the smallness of our islands, we are all here, and we are all here for a purpose, which is to provide assistance in the development of our own Pacific Island Countries, no matter which of these countries you come from,” he noted.

He emphasised that the twelve-member countries of the University are celebrating 50th Anniversary in a big way because he added that most of the lead thinkers of these countries are graduates of USP.

The launch was followed by a tour of the Campus for viewing of public displays.

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