Japanese Chemist and 2010 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Akira Suzuki, made a special visit to the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campusí Open Day at Shirley Park on Saturday, 11th August.
Though it was a brief visit, the students and staff of USP and other participants at the event were thrilled to just catch a glimpse of the 81 year old Emeritus Professor of Hakkaido University.
Professor Suzuki was warmly received by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration and Regional Campuses, Dr Esther Williams and USP Lautoka Campus Director Dr Pramila Devi.
He was then welcomed with a garland by a USP staff and a proper introduction of him was given by Dr Devi.
Dr Devi said it was a great honor for USP Lautoka Campus to be given the privilege to meet Professor Suzuki and to have him visit the Open Day only made the occasion more special.
Professor Suzuki also expressed a few words of his greetings to the staff and students of USP and other members of the public present at the occasion.
Many seized the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shake hands with and extend their greetings to the humble nobelist. USP staff and students were also given the chance to take photographs with him.
After the photo session, Professor Suzuki was escorted by Dr Devi to the main booth where the nobelist briefly toured few displays before his departure.