The University of the South Pacific (USP) Kiribati Campus performing at Open Day on 27th September, 2019.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) Kiribati Campus officially hosted its 2019 Open Day on Friday, 27th September at the campus. However, festivals commenced the night before with a social event hosted for the community and secondary schools as a build up to the main event.
The programme for Thursday night involved a pageant contest where contestants representing each faculty and sections of the campus shared information of the University programmes such as: the Continuing and Community Education and the Pacific TAFE. The Information shared was delivered using a power point presentation and concluded with a, ‘Question and Answer’ session.
Guests were also treated to a cat-walk by each contestant and the performances by students and staff, represented each faculty and sections, showcasing the diversity of students’ ethnic backgrounds at USP. Traditional dances from Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Solomon Islands were chosen including Korea and Spain.
The Campus Director, Dr Takuia Uakeia welcomed members of the community and secondary school students and staff and emphasised the importance of strengthening the partnership between the University and the Community.
“The University belongs to the community and so tonight’s function is a way to get together and to showcase what your University can offer to meet your needs and interests. The outcome of the function was positive in that promotional of courses and programmes of the university was successfully disseminated and everyone enjoyed the various shows which were among the highlights of the programme. This Pre-Open Day session for the public and secondary schools was initiated for the first time and was proved to be informative and entertaining,” he said.
On Friday, the formal programme was officiated by the Guest of Honour; Hon David Collins, the Minister for Education. The formalities included a speech by the Campus Director; traditional performances and garlanding dance from the USP Students Association (USPSA), the classical music from the International Youth Fellowship, and a tour of Faculty show-case booths and refreshments.
Hon Minister thanked Development Partners for their continuous interest and assistance to the University that had helped the development of the country’s human resource, while the Campus Director, in his speech, highlighted the future expansion plan for the Campus with a view that the Kiribati Government and Development Partners may provide financial assistance for such development.
Among the invited guests were members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, principals and directors of senior secondary schools and institutes.
The programme included a friendly competition among students of senior high schools and institutes; a Quiz, the Drama performances and the Impromptu Speech for tertiary institutes. In between the activities, traditional dance items from USPSA and Staff of the Campus were performed as interval entertainments.
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