Mr Lalesh Sharma (5th from left) and Ms Fulori Sarai (3rd from right) with staff at Monash University.
Two staff of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) who are PhD candidates made positive contributions to the postgraduate Spring School at Monash University and the Monash Education Research Community Conference recently.
“It was our great pleasure to welcome Ms Fulori Sarai and Mr Lalesh Sharma to Monash,” said Associate Professor Graham Parr, Associate Dean (International) at Monash’s
Faculty of Education.
He noted that his schedule only allowed him to see a few of the presentations they did in various forums over the four days and Mr Sharma was a participant in a workshop he ran during the Spring School.
“I can assure you that their presentations and contributions to the conversations during the week were highly successful. Those who saw them and worked with them, both PhD students and Monash academics were full of praise for the manner and the substance of their contributions,” he said.
“It was especially gratifying to see them taking their place at the table as equal participants with PhD students from the likes of Oxford, Stanford, Hong Kong and East China Universities in a variety of public forums, workshops and reception events,” Associate Professor Parr stated.
“They were wonderful ambassadors for USP and the region, and it seemed to me that they will be taking away a great many ideas and practical suggestions to mull over and share with you and your colleagues on their return home,” he added.
Despite his schedule, it was still possible for the three of them to find time to meet up and reflect on what the duo learnt and experienced in their few days at Monash.
“It was pleasing to see another instance of the alliance between USP and Monash bearing fruit in this way,” he added.
“These first few months of the alliance are proving to be as productive and fruitful as we envisioned them. All augurs well for other exciting developments in the coming months. There is much to look forward to in the partnership between our two universities,” he added.
Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of USP’s School of Education said he was pleased with the feedback about his staff from Monash University saying it demonstrated the caliber of staff serving students of the School of Education.
“We expect nothing short of the best and the SOEd continues to strive for quality and excellence in all areas of our work,” he said.
He further stated he was pleased with the budding partnership between USP and Monash University, adding that while they could learn a lot from each other, there are many areas in which they can collaborate on.
Earlier this year, a similar successful visit to Monash was conducted by Dr Lavinia Tiko, Dr Ledua Waqailiti and Dr Hem Dayal from the SOEd.
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