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2018 Alafua Campus Gallery

USP Alafua Graduation 2018

The Graduation Ceremony of the USP Alafua campus was held on December 7, 2018 at 10:00am at the Maota o Tupulaga, Sogi, Apia, Samoa.

USPSA Closing & Awarding Night

The USP student association and staffs convened this year giving eight awards to recognize students and staff commitment and hard works on the night of November 9, 2018.

CISCO Certificate Awarding

CISCO students were awarded with CCNA2 and CCNA3 certificates on November 9, 2018.

Recognition of NUS students

Certificate of Participation and cash gifts were awarded to four IT students from National University of Samoa who have undergone four weeks work experience in the campus. The awarding was held on November 9, 2018 at the Satellite room with the Head of School, Assoc. Prof. Mohammed Umar and staffs. He expressed his warm thanks and advice to the students which highlights the importance of Samoan Culture and important values that will help them succeed in life. It was indeed a pleasant afternoon full of inspiration.  

Alafua Campus Advisory Commitee Meeting

Agenda of the Alafua Campus Advisory Committee held on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the Library Conference Room from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.


1. Agenda – to confirm

2. Welcome and Apologies

3. Overview of Campus Activities – Current Strategic Plan and New Strategic Plan 2019-2024 (Head of School and Campus Director – Associate Prof. Mohammed Umar)

4. School of Agriculture and Campus Update - Presentation from Heads of Sections

5. Matters raised by members

6. Campus Tour – IT, Soil Science Laboratory, GTZ – (Food Technology & Plant Protection), Farm (Crops/Livestock)

7. Other Business


Hon. Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio, Minister of Education, Sports & Culture (Chair)

Mr Jim Liu Expert Team Leader China-Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project

Afioga Tilafono David Hunter CEO, Ministry of Fisheries & Agriculture

Tofa Lavea Iulai Lavea CEO, Ministry of Finance

Susuga Papalii Grant Percival Managing Director, Natural Foods International Ltd

Ms Adimaimalaga Tafuna’i Director, Women in Business Inc.

Afioga Tagaloa Sharon Potoi ACEO-Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Afioga Mulitalo Penaia President, Samoa Farmers Association

Mr Luaiufi Aiono President, USPSA-Alafua

Associate Prof. Mohammed Umar, Head of School and Acting Campus Director

In Attendance:

Alafua Campus Heads of Sections Lemamea Sia Matalavea-IT Manager, SeulGee Samuelu, SAS Coordinator Shirley Devi- Senior Librarian Niseta Buatava-Students Learning Specialit R. Seiuli Secretary, Campus Administration

MAF Show 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) conducted an agriculture and fisheries show at Savaii on October 17-19, 2018 and Opolu on October 25-26, 2018. With the theme: "Enhancing partnerships to develop and sustain agriculture and fisheries in Samoa", the University of the South Pacific - Alafua Campus successfully participated with the event. The USP SAFT and IRETA headed by Asso. Prof. Mohammed Umar and Mr. Sia Matalavea and staffs, Ms. Senira Sua and Dr. Alminda M. Fernandez successfully showcased the farm produce and processed foods at Alafua campus.  

USP says Nobesity!

The USP Alafua campus supported the Nobesity - Kicking Obesity campaign in Samoa on October 6, 2018 at St. Joseph's College ground. The staffs introduced the healthy processed products developed from USP Food Technology Laboratory at Alafua campus.

Food Technology Laboratory Health Certification

The Ministry of Health personnel conducted an ocular visit on September 20, 2018 at the USP Food Technology Laboratory in Alafua campus. This is in compliance to the requirements of the application for the Health Certificate for Food Business in Samoa.

Samoan Farmers Forum 2018

USP lecturers gave talk during the Samoan Farmers Forum on September 10, 2018 at Orator Hotel, Tuanaimato. Mr Falaniko Amosa and Dr. Alminda Fernandez shared the USP School of Agriculture and Food Technology programs and processed products at Alafua campus headed by Asso. Prof. Mohammed Umar. This event was organized by the Samoan Farmers Association and supported by the Pacific Island Farmers Organizations Network (PIFON) and other international agriculture stakeholders. 

Savaii Women's Workshop

Capacity building for women empowerment for sustainable development.

A 2-Day Workshop for Savaii Women at USP Savaii Centre Salelologa on Aug. 30, 2018 and at Vaisala Primary School Hall on Aug. 31, 2018 was conducted by USP Alafua headed by Prof. Mohammed Umar and Ms. Ronna Lee.


USP Savaii Center Open Day 2018

The USP Savaii Center held an Open Day on August 29, 2018 attended by more than 500 guests and staffs.

USP Alafua NSP Consultation

The University of the South Pacific draft NSP 2019-2024 In-Country Consultations, Samoa with the Vice-Chancellor and President Rajesh Chandra on August 9, 2018 at USP Alafua campus.

The USP Campus Directors

The University of the South Pacific Campus Directors held a meeting on July 30, 2018 at Fiji.

FBE Open Day Best Display Awards

The FBE Open Day Best Display Awards were judged by 3 independent judges on selected criteria and the winners were as follows: 1st Prize: School of Economics. 2nd Prize: School of Agriculture and Food Technology. 3rd Prize: School of Management and Public Administration. The winning schools received the prize money of $600, $400 and $300 respectively and a certificate at a function held in the evening on the Open Day. Congratulations and Keep it Up!

The USP Alafua Campus


Women's Forum

WOMEN WHO FARM! For the very first time, Women in farmers were invited to share and discuss their valuable contributions to agriculture, fisheries, livestock, floriculture and processing in a two-day forum “National Forum for Women in Agriculture, Floriculture and Agri-Business.” The objectives of the forum are to Acknowledge and celebrate the role of women in agriculture development, exchange information and learn from success stories and experiences, raise profile of women farmers and agriculture related women entrepreneurs, have a network of Women in Agriculture in Samoa with links to women in agriculture networks in the region and globally. It was facilitated by the Samoa Farmers Association (SFA) and funded by the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation (PIFON). More than 100 women farmers across Samoa turned up together with organizations ranging from Florists, vegetable growers, livestock farmers, aqua fish production as well as small businesses like chips producers and three women students and two lecturers from USP. The first day was mainly on presentations that included presentations from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS), the University of the South Pacific (USP) by Asso. Prof. Mohammed Umar, Floriculture experts, METI Samoa and the Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI) to name a few. The last day was spent visiting four sites: Charlie Ah Liki (Pineapples and vegetables), Ricky Westurlund (Vegetables), Amy Chan Mow Plant Nursery and the Cooks Organic Farm (Orchards and fruit trees). The highlight of the day was, for the first time the Prime Minister (PM) before his keynote address took photos of the women farmers and stated with a laugh “I took all your photos before my speech because I want to look at all your faces tonight before I go to sleep.” The PM encourages the women associations to maximise the use of this forum as a learning experience to flourish new networks, share their experiences and successes as well as raise issues to the forefront that will allow their efforts to be continually supported in their respective fields. Asso. Prof. Mohammed from USP also shared his personal and work experience on the significant contribution of women in agriculture industry. The discussions of the forum will successively contribute significantly to achieving sustainable development goals, particularly, food security and improved nutrition, as well as gender equality and the empowerment of all women. 

Orientation Second Semester 2018


(Tuesday 10th July, 2018)

9.50am - 10.00am STUDENT REGISTRATION (C3) – SAS Staff

10.10am - 10.15am Prayer (Luaiufi Aiono – USPSA President)

10.15am - 10.20am WELCOMING REMARKS (Ms Niseta Buatava)

10.20am ORIENTATION ADDRESS – Associate Professor Mohammed Umar (HOS/CD/ Director IRETA)

10.35am Introduction of Academic Staff and Support Services Heads of Sections (Ms Niseta Buatava)

11.45am - “The Alafua Experience” – (Luaiufi Aiono – USPSA President)

11.57am - VOTE OF THANKS – Lemamea Sia Matalavea - GROUP PHOTO

12.00pm - REFRESHMENTS (C3)

1.00pm  MOODLE TRAINING – (MAIN LAB) – NEW STUDENTS ONLY (ITS)  “Time Management and the Importance of the Course Outline” (SLS) – C1  NZAID Foundation Scholarship BRIEF – C2 - (Ms Kalameli Ah Mu) - TBC

2.00pm – 3.00pm - SAFT ORIENTATION (C3) – (Mausali to organise) - New Student’s DRAW for PRIZES


LC Training

The School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) at USP - Alafua campus conducted a series of Lecture Capture and A/V training for lecturers which started on June 27, 2018 to July 10, 2018.



On June 16th, the Crops and Livestock Sections of the Institute of Research Extension and Training in Agriculture (IRETA) displayed several crops and farm animals during the USP 50th Celebrations and OPEN DAY. Mr. Oliver Ubaub, IRETA farm Manager and his team brought down a few farm animals (Poultry, Pigs and Sheep) from the farm for display and placed them in small paddocks the team constructed outside of the Animal Science Laboratory. The display site was crowded with tours from different schools and visitors. Mr. Ubaub and his team presented excellent demonstration and explained to the students the different areas at the farm such as the Cattles, Sheep section, Piggery section and the Poultry section. Also, the students and visitors had the chance to view and acquire new information about the different types of methods that can be used when planting specific crops. The farm (crops) products were on special prices sale for the Open Day.

Open Day 2018

The University of the South Pacific Alafua Campus successfully held their Open Day on June 15, 2018 with thousand more visitors.

Book Launch

“50 years Teaching Research and Training in Agriculture at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus." Another important part of the USP, Alafua Campus 50th Celebrations was the launching of the book “50 years Teaching Research and Training in Agriculture at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus." Attended by Prof. Rajesh Chandra (VC-USP) and Mr. Winston Thompson (PV-USP). The 180 pages’ book compiled by Dr. Md. Abdul Kader, Dr. Jagdish Bhati, Associate Professor Mohammed Umar, staff and students consists of five chapters. The book highlights glimpse of teaching, researching and training in the field of Agriculture during 50 years of existence. It emphasizes directions in agriculture studies for the future generations so they will learn from the past, live the present and embrace the future. This book also serves to benefit the alumnus, students and researchers as a guide for them to easily have access to the past researches.

Parlimentarian Graduation 2018

The Parliamentarian Graduation 2018  was held on June 14, 2018 at the Tui Atua Building, Apia, Samoa.

50th Celebration Dinner

The USP Alafua campus headed by Assoc. Prof. Mohammed Umar hosted a Samoan dinner in celebration for the USP 50th Anniversary. This was graced with special guests, Pro-Vice Chancellor Winston Thompson and Vice Chancellor Rajesh Chandra together with the lecturers and staffs of the campus.   

USP Alafua 50th Anniversary Celebration March

The USP administration, lecturers, staffs, alumni, students, and parliamentarians marched in the morning of June 12, 2018 to formally open the USP 50th Anniversary Celebration at Alafua Campus, Apia, Samoa.

USP@50 Alafua Press Release

USP Alafua Campus Director/HOS - SAFT/Director - IRETA Alafua Campus Assoc. Prof. Mohammed Umar prepares to celebrate USP 50 years Anniversary ...
Come join us in celebrating USPs 50 years of service to the Pacific Islands and Samoa at Alafua Campus from 11-15th June 2018.
USP Alafua Campus Coordinator Student Administrative Services-SeulGee Samuelu
USP 50yrs Celebration - Community programs with Ronna Lee
USP 50yrs Celebration - Food Technology Display with Dr Alminda Fernandez
USP 50yrs Celebration - Pest Museum with Dr Leslie Ubaub
USP 50yrs Celebration @ Alafua Campus Special TV Program
USP 50yrs Celebration Day1 Debates
USP 50yrs Celebration Day1 Debate Part1
USP 50yrs Celebration Day1 Debate Part2
USP 50yrs Celebration Day 1 Pale Making
USP 50 years Day 1 Elei printing
USP 50 years Day 1 Tapa making
USP 50yrs Celebration Prayer Service Part 1
USP 50yrs Celebration Prayer Service Part 2
USP 50yrs Celebration Prayer Service Part 3
USP 50yrs Celebration Prayer Service Part 4
USP 50 years March and Opening Part 1
USP 50 years March and Opening Part 2
USP 50 years Book Launch
USP 50 years Celebration Debate Finals Part 1
USP 50 years Celebration Debate Finals Part 2
USP 50 years Research Presentations Part 1
USP 50 years Research Presentations Part 2
USP 50 years Research Presentations Part 3
USP Samoa Parliamentarian Graduation 2018 Part 1
USP Samoa Parliamentarian Graduation 2018 Part 2
USP Graduation Address Samoa Parliamentarian Graduation 2018
USP 50 years Open Day Part 1
USP 50 years Open Day Part 2
USP 50 years Open Day Part 3
USP 50 years Cultural Night Part 1
USP 50 years Cultural Night Part 2
USP 50 years Cultural Night Part 3
USP 50 years Samoa Almuni Function
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Friday 8th June, 2018 - FORUM DISCUSSION – (15 minutes) SAMOA I LE ASO USP – 50 Years later

Monday 11th June, 2018

- 10.00am STUDENT DEBATES - ROUNDS (C2) - Elei Printing (C1) - Floral Arrangements (C1) - Viewing of Student Organic Gardens + SAFT CROPS Tapa Printing USPSA Food stalls – (Area between C1 & C2)


Tuesday 12th June, 2018

- 7.30am – Assemble at Fire Station USP MARCH – current students and ALUMNI (March by Campus – Alafua, Laucala, Emalus) (From Fire Station to Government Building) - OFFICIAL OPENING of 50th Anniversary Celebrations (Prime Minister + Pro-Chancellor)

- 2.00pm BOOK LAUNCH – USP Alafua Campus (IRETA LODGE)

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

- 10.00am STUDENT DEBATES - FINALS (C2) USPSA Food stalls – (Area between C1 & C2)

- 1.00pm PhD & Master Presentations (C2)

Thursday 14th June, 2018


- 2.00pm Visit Alafua Campus/ Viewing Section Displays for OD Exhibition of the History of the University (Research Group from Laucala) - GRADUATION DINNER (Hosted by Parliamentarian Cohort)

Friday 15th June, 2018

- 10.00am - 2.00pm OPEN DAY ON CAMPUS (Minister of Agriculture for OD Address + Vice Chancellor & President Remarks) 6.00pm Open Mic/ Cultural Evening Announcement of Photograph Competition Winner - “Celebrating USP”



Friday, 15th June, 2018


9.30 -9.50 am GUESTS ARRIVE AND SEATED (MC – Ms Niseta Buatava)

10.00 am PRAYER: ………………………………………………………….. 

10.10am Welcoming Remarks – Associate Professor Mohammed Umar

10.15 am Open Day Remarks: Professor Rajesh Chandra (Vice Chancellor & President of the University)

10.25 am CULTURAL SALUTATION Lemamea Sia Matalavea (OD Chair and IT Manager)

10.25am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Honourable Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a (Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and SROS)

10.35am Vote of Thanks Lemamea Sia Matalavea (OD Chair and IT Manager)





2.30pm End of Programme

Independence Day 2018

The USP staffs participates during the march to celebrate with the Samoa's Independence Day commemoration on the early morning of June 1, 2018.

CISCO Academy Graduation

The CISCO Academy graduation in USP Alafua campus was held on March 23, 2018. 

Dean's Visit

Dean Arvind Patel visited USP Alafua campus on April 17, 2018.

USP's eye slate invention for Samoa blind persons association (SBPA)

USP's eye slate invention awarded for Samoan blind persons association on March 27, 2018.

Staff Farewell

The USP Alafua campus Staff Farewell for this year 2018.

Alafua Campus Picture Gallery

2014 Alafua Campus Graduation

2013 Alafua Campus Graduation

Open Day, 2013

Orientation, 2013

SAC Launch, 2013

Scholarship Tablet Presentations, 2013

Savaii 10th Anniversary, 2013

Independence Day, 2013

KUBand Launch Savaii, 2012

Cyclone Evan, 2012

Graduation, 2012

Orientation, 2012

Open Day, 2012

Graduation, 2011

Orientation, 2011

Graduation, 2010

Orientation, 2010

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