USP Alumni Network

The first-ever USP Alumni Network for the Lautoka Campus was launched at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on 17 December, 2010. 

This milestone event was a step towards assisting the Alumni Office at USP’s Laucala Campus to build the overall USP Alumni Network and was attended by the USP Lautoka Advisory Committee members, USP alumni members from the Western Division, USP Lautoka Campus and Laucala Campus staff as well as members of the media.

The official programme started with a welcome address by the Acting USP Lautoka Campus Director, Dr Pramila Devi. She said that the invitations sent to the alumni regarding the establishment of a network received a “very positive response.”

Dr Devi informed those present that at the beginning of the year, the Lautoka Campus acquired funding through the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for its proposal for a project to enhance DFL services and to establish an alumni network in the Western Division. This project, as explained by Dr Devi, had two key objectives which were: firstly, to conduct a survey to gather DFL students’ responses in order to improve services to Lautoka Campus students and secondly, to establish a network of USP graduates working and living in the Western Division.

She highlighted that the Lautoka Campus looks forward to working very closely with USP alumni in the near future and outlined plans of having similar alumni gatherings in the Western Division. 

The keynote address was given by the USP’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Regional Campuses) Dr Esther Williams who said that the launch of the Alumni Lautoka Branch “forms part of the University’s Strategic Plan where we will build up our USP Alumni Network (USPAN) across the region and internationally.”

Dr Williams remarked that since the establishment of USP in 1968 till 2010, there have been over 36,000 graduates.

“Over the past four decades, not only has USP expanded physically as an institution, we have truly asserted ourselves and assumed our place in the region and in society as the premier provider of higher education, a driver of national and regional development and a shaper of Pacific identity in many ways,” she added.

Dr Williams highlighted that USP has an extensive alumni and said that, “we have to now build this network and bring our alumni together from across the oceans.”

In emphasising the significance of the launch, Dr Williams said “it is about our commitment to the success of USP and the people of Fiji and our member countries.”

“We can all stand tall with our different flags of our member countries with a keen sense of pride, solidarity, distinction and hope. We recognize the significance of today’s event and honour the vision of those who founded USP and those who contributed to building USP and the Lautoka Campus into what it is today,” she added.

Dr Williams encouraged the alumni present to maintain communication and to support USP. Entertainment was provided by the Lautoka Campus students and after the conclusion of formalities, invited guests were served dinner.

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