The eight awardees along with staff of USP’s RST and the Australian High Commission.
Eight students of The University of the South Pacific (USP) studying under the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) were recognised for their efforts in a special ceremony at the Laucala Campus on 4 April 2019.
Ms Lorissa Hazelman welcomed the students and also congratulated the new recipients on receiving AAPS for 2019.
“It is a unique privilege to study under AAPS at one of only two regional universities in the world and the Australia Government is proud to be associated with USP,” she noted.
She said that given the popularity of the Australia Awards programme in the region, and the rigorous selection process in place, the successful recipients had done extremely well to earn the prestigious award.
Ms Hazelman acknowledged the presence of current AAPS students who are on track to their successful completion.
“Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships are important to the Australian Government as it supports partner governments build capacity in key development areas and they build partnerships between our countries,” she said.
She encouraged the students to strive for excellence both in the classroom and outside and also make the necessary connections.
“Please also make full use of the range of excellent services provided by USP,” she urged.
She also commended the eight students who received prizes saying it is not easy to maintain such high grades, “but you certainly set the benchmark for the rest of our AAPS scholars”.
“You are all brave to have left your homes, and comfort zones to start this journey of self-learning and self-realisation. Continue to pursue opportunities that will test you and make you a better global citizen,” she advised.
Ms Hazelman added that their fields of expertise and accomplishment are of shared interest to Australia and the Pacific.
“We expect that you will actively build a personal and professional network that will support your important work upon your return or engagement in the workforce,” she commented.
All this she said, will promote the development of their countries and the Pacific as a whole.
The students were also urged to use the opportunity to better equip them with the qualities to become leaders in their areas of expertise.
She applauded the staff of USP’s Regional Scholarships office for the vital role they play in ensuring that students’ study experience is a successful one.
“You are an important catalyst to a successful AAPS journey for our students. We wish you all the best, and look forward to following progress,” she added.
Final year student Donation Wateitohi from the Solomon Islands thanked the Australian Government for the opportunity provided to the AAPS scholars saying it was a privilege.
He also encouraged all awardees to take advantage of the opportunity given, and to study hard.
The awardees were Macintameletiura Tuaimau and Sootaga Kitiona of Samoa under the Bachelor of Arts programme; Donation Wateitohi (Solomon Islands) and Romania Pose (Samoa) under the Bachelor of Commerce programme; Lipan Ehmes (Federated States of Micronesia) from the Bachelor of Engineering programme; William Lafaele (Samoa) and Mele Manu (Tonga) from the Bachelor of Science programme and Leona Tamainai (Fiji) under the Diploma in Early Childhood programme.
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