Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment


Faculty Online Orientation Tool

It has been widely accepted that universities have to channel more resources in the recruitment of new students compared to retention of the existing ones. Therefore, it comes without any surprise to find that numerous nurture and nourishing efforts, strategies, and interventions have been introduced to address the retention rates of the first year students.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment’s online orientation module, known as Faculty Orientation Online Tool (FOOT) has been developed for the first year science students at the University of the South Pacific. This interactive and engaging tool was designed in-house to introduce and share information about the faculty’s support services (such as peer mentoring, eMentoring, Peer Assisted Study Sessions-PASS, academic study skills workshops, course expectations, refresher and induction programme, Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool), campus facilities, support staff and learning and support tools to all its incoming students irrespective of the campus of enrollment and mode of study. It addresses the issues of time management, roles and responsibilities, personal commitment and the need for realistic expectations. It further acts as a reinforcement to provide just-in-time information.

FOOT Sections

Section 1: Welcome to FSTE
Section 2: Admission & Programmes
Section 3: Faculty Resources
Section 4: Refresher & Induction Programme
Section 5: Campus Life Activities

Important Dates

First Year USP students are urged to undertake take this module to familiarize themselves with USP's learning environment.

FOOT is made available online a week before the beginning of each semester. Students can access it at this link: http://omdt.usp.ac.fj/

Certificate and Badge

Each student is awarded a certificate and a badge which reflects their achievement once they complete the FOOT module and the feedback questionnaire.

Attractive Prizes

FOOT toppers are awarded prizes such as smartphones, tablets, book vouchers and recharge cards.


Associate Professor Dr. Bibhya Sharma:
Acting Dean – Learning and Teaching  
Faculty of Sci., Tech. and Environment
Phone: (+679) 3232069

Ms. Bijeta Kumar:
Coordinator First Year Experience
FSTE General Office
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
The University of the South Pacific
Phone: (+679) 32 32299

Mr. Vineet Singh:
Assistant Programmer
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
The University of the South Pacific

Mr. Ajendra Prasad
Graduate Programmer
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
The University of the South Pacific 

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