The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) orientation session at the Australia-Pacific Lecture theatre on 29 January, 2020.
FBE, the largest faculty at USP, comprises eight (8) schools, namely the School of Accounting and Finance
, Graduate School of Business
, School of Land Management & Development, School of Economics
, School of Government, Development & International Affairs, School of Management & Public Administration, School of Tourism & Hospitality Management and the School of Agriculture & Food Technology based at the Alafua Campus
Professor Arvind Patel, Acting Dean of FBE welcomed the students to Laucala Campus
and thanked the students for choosing USP, especially FBE.
He encouraged them to learn as much as they could while at USP and advised that one of the skills they had to master in order to be successful is to properly manage their time.
“I want you to pay attention to time as your asset, think outside the box in terms of your life goals and make sure that you are always ethical and professional in your work,” informed Professor Patel.
Professor Patel said that students needed to learn how to maximise their time for studies if they wanted to reach their goals.
“Education nowadays is very expensive and your parents and sponsors have invested a lot to enroll you, so please do not waste your time,” he urged them.
Students were told that they would have to find time to do their readings and assignments, further emphasising that time management is an important aspect of success at university level.
He also encouraged students to ask questions whenever they felt confused and were assured that staff are always ready to assist them.
Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President of USP welcomed students saying they had made a good decision to join USP’s FBE.
“This is your opportunity to make lifelong friends. The two friends I have today are the ones I made during my first day at university,” he shared.
“Our goal is to make sure all of you succeed. Together we are embarking on the most exciting journey of your life. Over the course of your studies, there is little doubt that you will meet and make lifelong friends and become part of a very large and vibrant USP family.”
He informed the students that USP has amazing facilities and staff should blend together to ensure that students are successful in their studies.
“We have some of the best students from around the Pacific who have come to study at FBE. We will make sure that you actually take what the lectures teach you. Independence and self-discipline is mandatory to reach your goal,” said Professor Ahluwalia.
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.
A new student, Rosinitoga Volau from Lau said that she is looking forward to excel in her studies and also explore what University life is all about.
“Here at USP it’s a different ballgame altogether and I am looking forward to settling in,” she shared.
“I will definitely miss my family back home but I will work hard to make them proud. I am aiming to get A grade in all my units because my parents have scarified a lot.”
USP orientation will end on 31st January 2020.
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