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FALE students attending the 2019 orientation.

Close to 500 students gathered at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus to attend the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) on 28 January 2019.

Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE warmly welcomed the new students and continuing students saying they had made the right choice in choosing to study at the best Faculty in the University.

FALE comprises the School of Education, School of Law, School of Language, Arts and Media, School of Social Sciences, Institute of Education, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies and the Confucius Institute.

Dr Kedrayate assured them that they were joining a vibrant, devoted and talented group of academics with a profile and presence second to none.

Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE addressing new students.

She told students that their parents and guardians had sacrificed a lot for their children and now it is the time for students to make sacrifices in order to be successful.

“I know you are excited to be here because high school has so many rules. The word university means freedom, excitement and new things. You are excited about being here, you know there is so much to learn and so many people to meet,” she added.

She said that for some of the students, they were the first in their communities to attend university and it was indeed a proud moment.

“For others, you are merely continuing the age-old tradition in your families by being here but whatever it is don’t forget that everything in life is a choice,” she advised.

“Whatever choices you make will determine your future,” she said.

Dr Kedrayate assured them that they would join a vibrant, devoted and talented group of academics with a profile and presence second to none.

“You will be given every opportunity to follow your passion, to pursue your research interests and to develop your analytical, critical and creative faculties, whether your interest lies in Literature or Law, Journalism or History, Social Science or Education,” Dr Kedrayate said.

Students were also encouraged to think analytically, learn to express themselves and be articulate.
“University is an exciting place to be in where you will meet and make new friends, learn new things and explore many opportunities,” she added.

First-year student Asinate Seru said she was excited and looking forward to her studies at USP.

“I have always dreamt of coming to attend USP to achieve my goals and get a good career. Finally I have the opportunity right here and I cannot wait to do my family proud,” she said, beaming.

The faculty has a longstanding tradition of cutting-edge research and teaching and offers a wide variety of programmes leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees from BA, MA to PhD.

FALE graduates find employment as teachers, lawyers, writers, editors, librarians, social workers, broadcasters, civil society advocates, diplomats, translators, interpreters, journalists, academics, politicians, designers, proof-readers, directors, rights activists and public intellectuals.

FALE graduates also possess transferable skills that allow them to change jobs with relative ease.
Dean Kedrayate also introduced her faculty’s academic and support staff to the students.

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