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USP Tonga Campus Semester 1, 2018 Orientation

The USP Tonga campus kicked off the golden year with its first event at the Orientation of first year students, held at the Lopaukamea Hall, for two (2) days commencing on the 31st of January. In welcoming the new students on behalf of the Campus Director, Dr. Mo’ale Otunuku, a fellow at the Institute of Education, (IOE) encouraged students to stay focused on their studies and in doing so they would begin to write their own academic success stories. The first day also depicted a graduating student’s story. In sharing, Ms. Hepisipa Pau’u, posed her motivational theme: ‘To succeed, and never to fail’.

The second and final day highlighted the wise words “Be the boss of your brain’, by Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Assistant Lecturer, Mrs. ‘Ana Heti Veikune. She stressed the importance of having control over your own decisions as a person and beautifully crafted a vivid picture into a jam packed Lopaukamea Hall. The 2016, 3 time gold medalist Ms. Petina Vi  also shared her story of being a student at Tonga Campus and how she soared into new heights. She advised students on prioritizing their time on important matters in life and to utilize resources the campus has to offer.

The University of the South Pacific Tonga Campus, held its final orientation on Thursday to introduce the campus to eager students joining PacTAFE, FALE, FBE and FSTE. After finishing the formal segment of the day, the students were given a campus tour by the staff and a brief session on independent learning by the student learning specialist, Mr. Peseti Vea.

The smiles and enthusiasm of students heightened as they were treated with lunch by the Campus before marking the end of orientation. As the lecture commences next week the staff of Tonga campus will strive to provide a good learning experience to these new students and many more that wish to join the ‘Api Ko Olokava.’ [Olokava the land on which the campus is located.]

USP Tonga Campus successfully holds Open Day

Beulah College students at our photo booth

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP)Tonga Campus successfully held its Open Day on 28 July, 2017 in two parts.

The first part of the celebrations was at the Annual Heilala Festival Fun Fair which included displays and information for members of the public, an event which attracted close to a thousand people.

Ms Betty Manuofetoa, Teaching Assistant at USP Tonga Campus said there was an overwhelming response and generally the most frequently asked question was whether students can complete their studies in-country.

The second part of the Open Day, named ‘Katoa ki Olokava was more student focused where a total of seven (7) schools participated.

Schools that attended the Open Day included Tonga High School; Beulah College; Liahona High School; Tailulu College;  GPS Pea;  GPS Tokomololo and Footsteps Kindergarten, resulting in an approximate number of 129 participants.

The ‘Katoa ki Olokava’ event was organized as a journey of the facilities, staff and programmes offered at the Tonga Campus where students and members of the public had to go through ten (10) checkpoints with their tour guides.

There were displays by the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education(FALE), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), Faculty of Business and Economics(FBE), Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE).

According to Ms Manuofetoa, majority of the students and members of the public commended USP for its role in the region and urged the University to keep up the good work.

USP Tonga- Ha’apai Centre Holds More Skillful Open Day

Pictured: Guest of Honour- Rev .Taniela Manuofetoa (right) and Rev. Pomana Fungavaka.

The USP Ha’apai Centre Staff and students hosted their Open day week on a high note with Student learning skills workshops running from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th August. Ha’apai Centre Co-ordinator Ms. Talei Ulufonua said that both her team and students were thankful for Student Learning Specialist, Mr. Peseti Vea’s visit.  ‘Students and parents were able to clearly understand what the Grade Point Average (GPA) is and enjoyed the lecture and sharing’, Mrs. Ulufonua said.

Students and visitors were ushered and shown around the classrooms and facilities of the center to which they enjoyed. Guests were also served with refreshments prepared by the Student association.

Centre Co-ordinator Ms. Ulufonua, thanked the Acting Campus Director for her continuous support and also campus SLS for his visionary insights to the parents and students of USP Ha’apai centre.  Students who attended returned with more knowledge about the USP programmes and courses provided to them by the centre staff

Mr. Peseti Vea, the newly inducted Tonga Campus Student Learning Specialist, also represented the Acting Director, Tonga campus, Dr. Seu’ula Johansson- Fua at the Ha’apai Open day to which he termed was a success. The Open day was divided into two sessions with the first session being a dialogue with parents about the University’s expectations of their children and also the services provided at the SLS office.  The second part was the official Open day, where four (4) schools were represented namely; Ha’apai High School, Taufa’ahau Pilolevu College, Tailulu College and ‘Ofa Mo’oni College.

The Guest of Honour at the event was Taufa’ahau Pilolevu College Principal, also USP Masters of Business Administration (MBA) alumni Reverend Taniela Manuofetoa. Also present at the ceremony was Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Pastor, Reverend Pomana Fungavaka, who officiated the welcoming prayer.

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