New students at the FBE orientation at the Laucala Campus.
New students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) attended their orientation session at the Australia-Pacific Lecture theatre on 29 January, 2019.
FBE, the largest faculty at USP, comprises eight (8) schools, namely the School of Accounting and Finance, Graduate School of Business, School of Land Management & Development, School of Economics, School of Government, Development & International Affairs, School of Management & Public Administration, School of Tourism & Hospitality Management and the School of Agriculture & Food Technology based at the Alafua Campus in Samoa.
Professor Arvind Patel, Acting Dean of FBE welcomed the students to Laucala Campus and encouraged them to learn as much as they could while at USP.
Professor Arvind Patel, FBE’s Acting Dean addressing new students.
He advised that one of the skills they had to master in order to be successful is to properly manage their time.
Professor Patel said they needed to learn how to maximise their time for studies if they wanted to reach their goals.
“Education nowadays is very expensive and your parents and sponsors have invested a lot to get you in here today so please do not waste your time,” he urged them.
He told them that the University is a whole new world for them and nothing like secondary school which they are so used to.
Students were told that they would have to find time to do their readings and assignments, further emphasising that time management is an important aspect of success at university level.
He also encouraged students to ask questions whenever they felt confused and were assured that staff are always ready to assist them.
They were also urged to be inquisitive and not refrain from asking questions whenever they had queries.
Ms Pauline Ryland, Student Learning Specialist, explained that Student Learning Support (SLS) provides learning support for students to help bridge the gap between pre-tertiary and tertiary education.
Ms Ryland said services offered by SLS include Peer Mentoring, Peer-assisted student sessions, English and Mathematics basic skills, study guides, workshops and induction programmes.
“Please remember that we are here to make your learning experience easier and worthwhile. SLS will help equip you with the necessary academic and study skills that will assist you to achieve your goals while studying,” she advised.
Services offered by SLS are free of charge and tailor made to help students tackle and manage the requirements of tertiary education.
Ms Ryland explained that students are given the opportunity to develop their graduate attributes by participating in these services for instance in the Senior Peer Mentoring programme, students work with peers from a diverse background as well as enhance leadership and communication skills.
Ms Jackie Lepou said while she missed her family in Samoa she was looking forward to excel in her studies and also explore what University life is all about.
“My two elder siblings also attended USP so I am the third in my family to be here and I pray that I will not let them down,” she stated.
Another student Tui Vakauta mentioned how excited he was at the prospect of learning to become independent.
“I guess when we are at home we expect things to be done for us and even at high school. Here at USP it’s a different ballgame altogether and I am looking forward to settling in,” he shared.
USP orientation will end on 1 February 2019.
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