A special function was held by the University of the South Pacific to acknowledge its alumni in Samoa on 29 April, 2011.
This first-ever alumni launch for the Alafua Campus was a step towards assisting the Alumni Office based at the USP Laucala Campus in building the overall USP alumni network. The function also provided USP with the opportunity to congratulate its graduates on their successes and compliment them on their positive contributions to the region.
The chief guest for the occasion was the Prime Minister of Samoa, Honourable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. He was joined by guests from the USP Laucala Campus, which included the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra and the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Professor Biman Chand Prasad.
In his address, Professor Rajesh Chandra described the function as “the beginning of establishing a formal strong alumni network for the future.”
Highlighting the achievements of the USP graduates, Professor Chandra said that, “USP alumni occupy top positions in government, academia, international and regional organisations and the private sector.”
“I believe that our alumni are making a real impact in the region and their professional and personal achievements are a credit to the University’s good name,” he added.
He explained that the establishment of the alumni networks will enable USP to strengthen and expand communications and partnerships, both regionally and internationally.
Professor Chandra pointed out that one of the aims of the University is to establish a regional ‘think tank’ of experts on all matters ‘Pacific’. He said that this informal network of intellectuals and experts in practice is taking shape as the University’s growing numbers of alumni meet with great career success in the private sector, in government, and in civil society.
He assured those present that, “the University is committed to producing graduates with outstanding ethical leadership qualities, sense of purpose, intellectual capacity, and commitment to the development of the Pacific region.”
During the function, senior officials in the Samoan Government shared their experiences of studying at USP. The function was well attended with the alumni from Samoa turning out in great numbers. Also in attendance were prominent Ministers in the Samoan Government, members of Parliament, members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives from regional and international organizations and the private sector, local educational institutions, and the USP community from the Alafua Campus.
In his keynote address, Honourable Tuilaepa Malielegaoi said that the turnout at the function is an indication of USP’s service to the higher education needs of the Pacific region.
He elaborated that the network of USP graduates in Samoa will ensure that the Alafua Campus can better respond to the needs of its students through the experienced advice of the alumni members who have passed through the system.
In congratulating USP, the Prime Minister said that, “many of the Samoan people in government, the private sector, and presiding over positions of responsibilities in villages and districts are a testimony to the service and the contributions of USP to education and to the overall development of Samoa and the Pacific communities.”
Honourable Tuilaepa Malielegaoi commended USP for providing high-quality academic offerings which are internationally recognised. This includes the CPA Australia accreditation for the B.Com Degree programme in Accounting and the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) accreditation for USP’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.
He encouraged the alumni to be efficient and effective employees for their organisations and conveyed his best wishes to USP with the development of the Alumni network and activities in Samoa.
Entertainment was provided by the Alafua Campus students and after the conclusion of formalities, invited guests were served dinner.
To register as alumni, log into the USP alumni webpage on www.alumni.usp.ac.fj