Tebao Awerika -  USP Alumni Network

Tebao Awerika

1. What is your home country?

2. What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
BA Management/Economics 2004, MBA 2005.

3. What was your most memorable moment as a student?
Sharing the hardship of the MBA course with colleagues from the region who are now lifelong friends.

4. Describe your experience while studying at USP.  
Very pleasant, with ups and downs but overall one that I can say was truly memorable. 

5. What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?  
Running the Kiribati Islands Students Association in 2002.  

6. After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?  
Highlights would have to include the trust my government put on me to head a Ministry as one of the Permanent Secretaries.  

7. How do you think USP helped you in your career?  Most definitely as the knowledge I gained during my tertiary training are relevant to the work I am doing.  

8. After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
Being able to participate in the international arena to advocate the plight of the Kiribati people as they face the grim future marred by sea level rise.  

9. What inspires you and why?  
The amount of work that needs to be done and the position of trust I am placed that requires total commitment in order to delivery what is required to the people.  Service is the underlying factor and the reward is the justification that at the end of the day I have done what I could to the best of my ability. 

10. What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?  
Put every effort into the courses you take as what you get out of the course is reciprocal to what you put into it.  

11. Please share your top three tips that you think are most important for our current students or recent graduates that will help them when starting out on their career paths.  

12. What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated?
Provide tutorial service to the extension center in Kiribati.  

13. Any other information you would like to share?  
What you put into your education is reciprocal to what you get out of it and more.  

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