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Pacific TAFE staff receives 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Prize and Teaching Excellence Award

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Pacific TAFE Coordinator Sociology, Ms. Zena Sherani (left) after receiving the Vice-Chancellors Prize and Teaching Excellence Award.

It was a proud moment for The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) as Ms. Zena Sherani, Coordinator for Sociology received the Vice -Chancellor’s (VC) Prize and the Teaching Excellence Award during The University Forum on Learning & Teaching on 29th August.

Ms. Sherani was elated to receive the award and thanked Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and staff for the continued support and guidance throughout the year.

“I am delighted to have won the overall 2019 VC’s Prize and the Teaching Excellence Award. I would like to thank the following people; Dr. Hasmukh Lal, Susan Sela, Maria Muliaina, Liviana Tabalala (former CAH head) and Yoko Kanemasu from the Faculty of Arts Law and Education, Sociology discipline and Mohammed Hussein from Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) for their continuous support and guidance throughout the years,” she said.

She also thanked the administration, marketing, finance, quality office, dispatch and the four colleges who have been equally responsible for her win.

"I am truly proud to belong to a diverse team at Pacific TAFE," said Ms. Sherani.

“As a young vibrant Pacific Islander, I have set a trend to make the ‘impossible possible’ and urge other staff particularly females to follow my path. I have always reminded myself that whatever I do is with passion, enthusiasm and sheer dedication in enriching the learning and teaching experience of students."

She further stressed that the award would motivate her to empower students with knowledge and experience that would make a positive contribution to the society.

“My goal at Pacific TAFE is not to provide students with only the 21st century skills required at the workplace but also empower students with the knowledge and experience to make a positive change in society. As a Sociologist, Michelle Obama has stated “Empower yourselves with a good education then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise,” she added.

I would like to dedicate this award to my students who had nominated me for the 2019 Teaching Excellence award and it is because of them I have attained the success of where I am today.”

The 2019 Faculty Teaching Excellence award also went to; Fiona Willans, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE); Jope Tarai, Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE); and Utkal Mehta, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE).

Meanwhile, CEO, Dr. Hasmukh Lal said, “It’s a proud moment for Pacific TAFE as Ms. Zena Sherani has won 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Learning & Teaching Excellence Award at the University level. She also won the Pacific TAFE Teaching Excellence Award two months back.

“Ms. Sherani’s win has made the impossible to become possible and that’s what Pacific TAFE is known for. With academic negotiations, Pacific TAFE was included in Learning and Teaching award (not so long) and, having won so soon, its dream come true,” he said.

He added that he is indebted to Ms. Sherani’s for the recognition and profiling Pacific TAFE to another academic level.

“I must thank her colleagues for their assistance and Liviana Tabalala for her leadership to College of Arts & Humanities when application was made. She has set the bar for all our talented and skilled teachers and I challenge and wish them best of luck for 2020 and in future to achieve the same,” said Dr. Lal.




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