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USP Shapes Hasmukh’s Future

Pro Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council Winston Thompson having a conversation with Executive Director of USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) Hasmukh Lal at the Alunmi function

Fiji’s premier tertiary education provider, the University of the South Pacific has played a pivotal role in the success stories of thousands of Fijian citizens in its 50 years of existence.

Executive Director of USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) Hasmukh Lal said that USP had built foundational and adaptive skills in him which enabled his successful career transition from a primary school teacher to the current position of being at the helm of the fastest growing section of USP.
Mr Lal was speaking at the Alumni and Stakeholders function during the golden jubilee celebrations of the university at its Lautoka Campus on Wednesday, July 11.

From a humble beginning with a teaching certificate from the then Lautoka Teachers College in 2002 Mr Lal was able to attain higher academic qualifications in his career through the USP Lautoka campus graduating with his Bachelor’s, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degrees.

This academic progress saw him rise from the position of a teacher to coordinator at the Fiji Education Sector Programme, then Coordinator/Manager for Continuing & Community Education at USP Lautoka, then Manager Regional Centre for Continuing & Community Education, then Director of the Centre for Vocational & Contributing Education, then Director Pacific TAFE and ultimately to the position of Executive Director of the current Pacific TAFE.

Whilst reliving his academic journey Lal revealed that with an unsound financial background in 2002 USP paved the way for his very successful and stable current career.

 “The staff at USP Lautoka Campus then had been very helpful during my study which encouraged me to continue. I found that the staff understood predicaments of me as a full time worker and pivoted support to ensure that I complete,” said Mr. Lal.

Mr. Lal reminded the alumni that their success and its benefits should not only be limited to them but they should work hand in hand to create opportunities for new and graduating students and their future.

“We must reflect on the values taught to us, think of our university and those who need our support. I believe that we, the alumni can be excellent ambassadors and that we have a huge potential and capability to use our professional lives in being strong local and international ambassadors for not only USP Lautoka Campus but the USP as a whole.”



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