Students and USP staff at An End of Award Lunch.
Twenty six (26) students of The University of the South Pacific
(USP) studying under the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) were recognised for their efforts in an End of Award lunch ceremony held at Pacific Fusion Restaurant, Laucala Campus
on 22nd October.
Australia Awards Pacific scholars from Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu were present at the event.
Mr Jaindra Karan, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, Advancement and Communications welcomed Ms Joanna Houghton, Counsellor, Development Cooperation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), staff and students of USP.
He congratulated the students for successfully completing their respective programmes.
“USP is grateful for the 26 students sponsored by DFAT. It is good to see that there is increase Science programmes. AAPS students performance is improving every year. Currently 69% of the students have above GPA of 3 and 22% are over the GPA of 4,” said Mr Karan.
Mr Karan thanked the DFAT for the scholarship that it provides and challenged the students to contribute meanifully in their respective communities and countries.
Ms Joanna Houghton, Counsellor for Development Cooperation was honoured to be celebrating a significant event.
On behalf of the Australian government, she congratulated the graduates for overcoming all odds and making it to the end of the academic journey at USP.
“It is pleasing to see that we have accountants, teachers, environmentalists, IT engineers, economists, and social workers to name a few among you. These areas will positively contribute to social and economic development in the region,” she said.
“We hope that the skills and knowledge acquired will give you the confidence to be innovative, and responsive to the needs of your country.”
Ms. Houghton thanked USP and the staff at the Regional Scholarship Team who have provided such excellent pastoral support.
She added that the Australian Government supports the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships Programme because it recognises that the skills and knowledge developed through higher education is critical to social and economic development in the region.
“Over the past thirty years, the Australia Awards Pacific Programme has made a significant contribution to human development in the Pacific, and is proud to be associated with our alumni who have become key drivers of change,” said Ms. Houghton.
“You are very close to becoming alumni – and I encourage you to expand your new found skills beyond your professional role; to that of your family, village and church groups, and any other community groups that would benefit from your new found knowledge.”
Final year student, Hilda Sale Wateitohi from the Solomon Islands thanked the Australian Government for the opportunity provided to the AAPS scholars saying it was a privilege.
She also encouraged all awardees to take advantage of the opportunity given, and to study hard.
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