Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President of USP launched Radio Pasifik’s online streaming at Laucala.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Radio Pasifik 89.4fm station had its online streaming launched by Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President at the Laucala Campus on 6 February 2019.
Mr Allan Stevens, Radio Pasifik Station Manager, acknowledged the presence of Professor Ahluwalia and Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE).
“A special acknowledgement to Dr Kedrayate for her generosity and providing us with all the equipment we need to get this place running,” he said.
He noted that livestreaming has always been their dream, “so that the entire world can hear what USP and the Pacific sounds like”.
Dr Kedrayate thanked Professor Ahluwalia for kindly accepting their invitation, saying that when FALE first started the Journalism programme, there were hardly any resources.
“From very humble beginnings we now have four staff and we have always wanted to offer students opportunities to have hands-on experience for their practical. The opportunity came when we negotiated with the student body to venture into having a radio station and the rest is history,” she noted.
She explained that when the Japan-Pacific ICT buildings were being constructed, she ensured that they would have their niche and they were glad that their new space was conveniently located next to the IT department.
Dr Kedrayate added that FALE was pleased to note the VC’s intention of making students his priority.
Professor Ahluwalia mentioned that, “journalism is vital to our democracy and the University is absolutely the place that we must think critically as alluded to by the Honourable Jone Usamate during our Orientation last week”.
He told the students that they are at the forefront of asking the right questions and ensuring that he and his team continue to be accountable.
“So I expect our journalism students to be more engaged,” he remarked.
Professor Ahluwalia also acknowledged the volunteers, saying that when they graduate they become agents of development.
“I want our students to embody the spirit of volunteering, to really shape their communities when they go back - to tell people that getting an education does not mean that they are superior from anyone else but rather deeply embedded in the community,” he noted.
Furthermore he said, “I am proud of the fact that you are volunteers because this kind of things cannot work without volunteering”.
He added that in the longer term it would be better for the Journalism programme to have a television station.
Professor Ahluwalia was given an opportunity to go on air at the radio station to introduce himself and welcomed students to the new academic year.
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