Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of USP's Faculty of Arts, Law & Education; Hon Rosy Akbar, Minister for Education, Arts & Culture and Professor Pal Ahluwalia, USP Vice-Chancellor & President.
About ten thousand (10,000) students attended The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Open Day 2019 at the main Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji on 26 July 2019.
This year the Open Day saw schools attending from as far as Levuka for the official opening ceremony including Delana Methodist High and Levuka Public School, along with Nasinu Secondary and Dudley High School, among others in Suva.
Epeli Koroi, Year 13 student of Delana Methodist said that while growing up he had always aspired to be an engineer and coming to visit USP on this special occasion is a step closer to achieving his dream.
“I am so excited to be here today and I will ensure that I check out the courses I can enroll in for an engineering programme at USP,” she shared.
The FSTE village received an overwhelming response from a huger number of students at the Open Day
He said he had always heard so much about USP and being present at the main Laucala Campus was an exciting feeling in itself.
Elisabeth Fernando, Year 13 student of Nasinu Secondary School in Suva said it was amazing to witness what the faculties and schools had in store.
“There are so many programmes and courses on offer and we are thankful for the opportunity to be at USP in order to choose our career paths wisely,” she said.
She said it was her first time at USP and she would definitely love to return and study.
“I am not too sure what I would like to do right now but the atmosphere is so electrifying and I love the diversity about this place,” she explained.
Ms Fernando added that following their tours around the Campus she would be in a better position to choose which field she would like to pursue as she would have gathered enough information.
Alvin Singh, Year 13 of DAV College said today was a memorable day for him and it was important to understand the courses and programmes offered by USP as it would determine his career path.
“USP is a well-known institution and I have promised myself that I will pursue my dreams of becoming a lawyer here,” he said.
“Already I feel at home because everyone is so friendly despite the different ethnicities and cultures that exist here,” he added.
USP’s three Faculties, Pacific TAFE and many Schools and Institutes provided first-hand information to prospective students about their various programmes and courses.
Staff at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) booth said students got the opportunity to view their various innovative displays such as patents. Some of the innovations which were on display included the Braille Eye Slate to teach children with disabilities; the Eye Cane; and a GSM-based early flood warning & monitoring system;
For the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Mr Kapil Nadan, First Year Experience Coordinator said they received an overwhelming response from students who were interested in their programmes.
The booths at the Faculty of Business and Economics, (FBE) the largest faculty at USP were more colourful and attractive this year with more information. Staff served students who turned out in large numbers to inquire about their programmes and courses. FBE partnered with industry representatives to make the encounter with students more interactive and interesting.
Pacific TAFE, a strategically amalgamated and integrated learning and teaching section which offers high quality skills based qualifications, were also on hand to receive students. Pacific TAFE also offers Foundation & Preliminary programmes through its three (3) Colleges namely College of Business, Tourism & Hospitality, College of Arts and Humanities and College of Science, Technology and Environment.
The Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB) were also on hand to supply information to the current and potential students including all interested individuals, on scholarship and loans schemes provided by the Fijian Government as well those which are provided through donor funded schemes.
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