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Pacific TAFE opens additional facility at Lautoka Campus

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From L-R: Dr Pramila Devi, Lautoka Campus Director; Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director PTAFE; Professor Richard Coll; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education; and Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President Regional Campuses & Estates & Infrastructure during the opening of the Pacific TAFE in Lautoka.

The increasing demand for more quality programmes with The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical & Further Education (Pacific TAFE) has led to the securing of an additional facility at the University’s Lautoka Campus.

The new facility will have teaching rooms and staff workstations whilst Library, ITS and other services and will be accessed from Lautoka Campus. This facility will allow Pacific TAFE to start new programmes and increase enrolments in existing offerings.

In 2016, Pacific TAFE had 1,069-registered student, which significantly increased to 2,553 in 2017, an increase of 139%.  Further, Pacific TAFE recorded 3,056 registered students in 2018 a further increase by 20%. The current 2019 Semester 1 data stands at 1,875 enrolled students, and is highly likely to supersede the previous yearly enrolment figures.

Professor Coll, while delivering his address during the opening said USP Pacific TAFE Lautoka Centre will equip young people in the western division with skills they need to find meaningful careers and enjoy productive lives.

“Let me tell you; a modern, inclusive, comprehensive and quality educational option has arrived at your doorstep,” Professor Coll said.

“The Western Division will know have a dedicated learning space for Pacific TAFE students. In Fiji and around the region, we have a young, energetic population. And that is a great advantage if we are able to harness that energy and give our young people the means to realise their hopes.

“Young people are inherently optimistic. They see their lives ahead of them and a world of possibilities unfolding before them. We need to nurture that optimism and reinforce it. Years from now, when the young people of today look back on these years, they need to know that their optimism was real and justified—not just the folly of starry-eyed youth,” he commented.

Professor Coll added that pursuing University education is critical for human development as it provides not only the high-level skills necessary for every labour market but also the training essential for teachers, doctors, nurses, civil servants, engineers, humanists, entrepreneurs, scientists, social scientists, and a myriad of other personnel.

USP Pacific TAFE has been making investments in quality human resource development in Fiji, which includes rented properties in Labasa, Suva and Nadi. This the fourth rented property to cater for growth beyond Campus space limit.

This new facility opens up opportunities for working people for up-skilling, re-skilling and multi-skilling opportunities.

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific TAFE, said, “No matter what stage you are at in life, we all stand to benefit from continued education. In fact, we should never stop to unlearn-learn and relearn in 21st century”.

He encouraged everyone, whether they were already employed and looking to polish their skillset or interested in taking an entirely new career path, to take advantage of the course offerings at this new Centre.

“I challenge you all to explore your curiosities, deepen your knowledge and better yourselves through education. The opportunity is right here in front of you, and its doors are wide open.”

He further acknowledged the presence and support of eminent stakeholders during the event. 

This news item was published on 14 May 2019 11:16:11 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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