Full-house at the AusPac Lecture Theatre with students attending the FALE orientation.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre was filled to the brim with new students turning up for orientation by the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education (FALE) on 28 January 2020.
Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President of USP welcomed students saying they had made a good decision to come to the University.
“This is your opportunity to make lifelong friends. The friends I have today are the ones I made during my first day at university,” he shared.
According to Professor Ahluwalia, USP has amazing facilities and staff that blend together to ensure that students are successful in their studies.
He reminded them that soft skills are equally important and will develop when they meet a lot of people and engage with everyone at USP.
“We do not want anyone failing their units because we are here to help you. The one fantastic thing about USP is how fascinating our staff are – whether they are professional or support staff, they are committed to ensure that you succeed in your studies,” he reassured.
Professor Jito Vanualailai, USP Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, said the main role of his office is to ensure that when students graduate, they part with life-long learning skills.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE said she was excited to see so many students at the auditorium, adding that USP is about providing opportunities for everyone in the Pacific who want to further their education.
“It is important that in learning you enjoy it. Do not be anxious or worried or start thinking about what will happen when it has not happened because it will definitely affect your thinking.
New students listen attentively at the FALE orientation.
“Attend your lectures with a positive attitude and learn as much as possible because your mind is ready to not only receive but participate,” she advised.
Furthermore, she reminded students to tune onto the right mindset before attending lectures and leave their “baggage” outside.
“When you do that you will leave the classroom excited about what you have learnt,” she said.
Dr Kedrayate reminded the students that their parents, guardians and relatives have sacrificed enough to earn them a place at the premier University.
“This means that you have to work very hard to be able to fulfill your dreams and that of your families and communities so that by the end of the three years you will be graduating but from here on, it all depends on you,” she said.
She added that, “we are also partners in learning, in the sense that you take responsibility for your learning”.
Dr Kedrayate urged them not to sit back and be complacent and that if they are keen on doing something, they must get up and do it.
“Taking responsibility about your learning is very important. We want you to be our partners, not only in the classroom but in the university and in student learning because we are preparing you to be future leaders,” she advised.
Dr Kedrayate also announced that this year, FALE’s postgraduate enrolment numbers exceeded their undergraduate enrolment numbers saying it was a positive indication that “students who have gone through our system are returning to continue their studies on a higher level”.
Orientation continues this week until Friday.
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