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IT Services

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ITS at Alafua Campus is an arm of its main headquarter in Laucala, Suva. ITS provides a range of services required for the establishment, maintenance and support of the computer facilities required by the campus. These services include maintenance of agreed standards, installation of all computer equipment, software and networks and advise training for students and staff on the use of computer equipment and software.


The USP - Alafua Campus has a Local Area Network (LAN) with an optical fibre backbone. There are more than 100 PCs connected to several virtual servers with Windows 2008 and Linux as operating systems platform. All PC clients run on either Windows 7 or Windows XP Professional platform.

The Alafua Campus has four computer Labs . The main students computer lab near the library contains 20 PCs with flat screens (LCD). The second computer lab contains 16 PCs and use exclusively by the MBA students. The third students computer lab (C7 - next to MBA lab) contains 20 PCs with LCD screens. The fourth new computer lab belongs to the postgraduate students. It has ten PCs and with the arrival of NComputing, six more nodes (clients) will be installed soon. In addition to PC client/server and Network maintenance, other services offered by the IT section include Internet access, e-mail services and USPNet services via satellite communications.


The Cisco CCNA Exploration curriculum provides a comprehensive overview of networking; from fundamentals to advanced applications and services. It is based on a top-down approach to networking that is popular in many colleges and universities. This course emphasizes theoretical concepts and practical application, while providing opportunities for students to gain the skills and hands-on experience needed to design, install, operate, and maintain networks in small-to-medium businesses, as well as enterprise and service provider environments.

CCNA Exploration offers in-depth theory, challenging labs, and a detailed overview of protocol operations. It is designed for students with advanced problem-solving and analytical skills, such as degree candidates in engineering, math, or science, or for working professionals who would like to advance their careers or gain certification. CCNA Exploration was designed to be integrated into technology curricula or continuing education programs at post-secondary institutions such as technical schools, colleges, and universities.


There are three members of the IT team:

LeMamea Sia Matalavea,
IT Manager
Phone: (685) 21671 Ext. 347
email: matalavea_s(at) 

Alfram Nukuro
Computer Technician
Phone: (685) 21671    Ext. 350

Noel Tiatia
USPNet Operator / Computer-PBX Technician
Phone: (685) 21671 Ext. 348 


The helpdesk is also manned by the USPNet Operator (phone extension 348). Both students and staff members can call the helpdesk regarding any IT-related problem such as faulty PCs, network and software problems. Users can also call the computer technician (Ext. 350) or the IT Manager (Ext. 347) if the USPNet Operator is not available. Users are also encouraged to use our helpdesk email (helpdesk(at) ) for a quicker response as all three IT staff will receive any message to the above account.

We also hire students as computer lab assistants to supervise the computer labs after hours. The computer lab assistants make sure that the students do not abuse the machines as well as enforcing lab rules such as no food, smoking, computer games as well as keeping the noise to a minimum level at all times.


  • Monday to Friday: 8.00 am – 10pm
  • Week-ends 12noon – 6pm
  • Public Holidays 12noon - 6pm

Note: Opening hours are normally extend to mid-night during peak-periods such as few weeks before end of semesters

Note - More information on the Information Technology Services Department regarding its mission, role, services etc. can be found on the USP website @

Continuing & Community Education

Continuing & Community Education

Continuing and Community Education at USP

In line with the university mission, particularly where it states

“…and the provision of appropriate levels of education and training responsive to the well-being and needs of the communities of the South Pacific” USP Mission Statement, 1998

and the Strategic Plan Teaching Goal 1.5 (2006):

1.5 Expand the provision of relevant continuing education and community outreach activities” ,

Continuing and Community Education (CCE) in Samoa is diverse, targeting a wide range of people in the effort to reach all levels.

What is Continuing and Community Education?

This is a programme of educational activities that provide or extend educational opportunities beyond the formal credit programmes of the university. That is,

  • It is the university outreach – taking the opportunities to the people
  • It is adult learning, a second chance – for personal enhancement and or developing new skills
  • Activities are mostly short term – from two weeks to 3 semesters
  • The activities are delivered through either face-to-Face (FtF) or distance and flexible learning (DFL) or a mixture of the two modes of teaching/learning

What Continuing and Community Education programmes are offered in Samoa?

Adult lifelong learning activities include:

  • vocational training and personal enhancement

Programmes range from creative writing and dancing, floral art, tie and dye fabric painting, elei and screen-printing, computer awareness classes, and music classes. Participants in these short-term workshop sessions are able to add to their personal knowledge and repertoire, and have also made use of the skills learned, for income-generating activities. Women are the main participants and a large number have gained skills whaich have improved their quality of life, provided them with more choices such as income generating activities. This has contributed to the improvement of the socioeconomic situation of many families.

Click here to download Continuing and Community Education Brochure

Here are two examples:

Ruta: A graduate and retired university lecturer actively involved in community voluntary work in NGOs, does consultancies from time to time. She enrolled in a floral art workshop, for personal enhancement.

Ruta devotes spare time to her garden around her home and has applied her knowledge from the workshop to the many arrangements inside her home.

Maina: A housewife who attended one of the early floral art workshops in the 80s, the only training she had received. Maina then set up a floral art business that is sustainable through her personal garden around her home. Additional flowers and foliage are obtained from other gardeners. Maina is dedicated to her small business and her garden is a testimony to her commitment.


Expressive arts

The creative writing group that was active during the 80s and early 90s included well known Samoan writers Sano Malifa, Ruperake Petaia, Noumea Simi, and Momoe von Reiche. The activities of this group led to publications that have provided the local writers with outlets of their work. Similarly, creative dancing and music are other areas somewhat untapped and offer potential for further development. The first USP BA in Expressive Arts, Alan Alo, commenced his degree while he was a staff member at the USP Samoa Centre. During Alan’s time at the Centre, he was instrumental in staging a number of drama and music productions.

  • professional upgrading : CCE programmes that offer professional upgrading include

Introductory Paravet course: 1 semester (16 weeks); ftf and dfl mixed mode

paravet training of those working with livestock - included government workers in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Introductory course providing basic theory and practices on Pacific livestock (cattle, pigs, goats, horses, chicken). Practical hands-on exercises and assignments, practical and theory exams.

A local tutor assists in conducting the compulsory practical work.

Nutrition and Physical Activity for Healthy Living program: 3 semesters, mainly ftf but some dfl

Targets health workers, community workers, teachers, sports workers.

3 courses providing basic theory and practices about healthy living through good nutrition practices and appropriate physical activity. Practical hands-on exercises and assignments and an end-of-course exam. Local tutor supported by CDs of physical activity

Schools Library Assistant course: 1 semester. ftf mode.

Similar to the paravet course but this one has 4 weeks of field work attached to schools for hands-on practical applications and uses competencies assessment throughout. Also has an end-of-course exam.

IT training of Health workers

Short term training on basic Information Technology literacy and application specifically for health workers.

Health personnel trained on Microsoft Office programmes of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. As well, trainees learnt how to use the Internet especially for email and research for further information.

Preschool teachers certificate: 3 semesters, mainly dfl supported by local and satellite tutorials.

Targets workers in preschools.

3 courses providing basic theory and practices about early childhood education. Practical hands-on exercises that help students create resources for their classes. Assessment is by assignments and an end-of-course exam.

Disability studies: 3 semesters, mainly dfl supported by local and satellite tutorials.

Targets those working with the special needs individuals whether at home or in institutions.

3 courses providing basic theory and practices about special needs. Practical hands-on exercises that help students cater to their special responsibilities. Assessment is by assignments and an end-of-course exam.

Schools tutorials

A programme involving tutorials after school, at the secondary school level for

  • year 12 (Samoa School Certificate) and
  • year 13 (Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate)

Nine subject areas are offered: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, and Physics.

Students in this programme are from secondary schools in the Apia urban area.

Teachers are carefully recruited to ensure quality provision of learning support. As well, to provide a conducive environment for learning, once enrolments reach 15 for a subject, the duration of the class is extended to 1.5 hours. Further, once the roll reaches 30, the class is split into two groups.

Classes are held from 3.00pm until 5.30pm during weekdays and on Saturdays from 8.30am until 3.00pm.

There are 3 sessions each year, corresponding to the 3 terms of the government schools calendar. Term 3 classes are 2 hours each, and the over 5 weeks and ensures classes end before schools annual exams and the Year 12 and 13 external exams.

Fees are $50ST per session of 10weeks.

To enroll: Pick up the enrolment form from the CCE office.

Other academic activities e.g. public seminars, public lectures, research, publications, and consultancies.

(i) Public lectures and seminars

Visits by academic staff from other campuses occur from time to time. These provide opportunities for public lectures such as that by Dr Tracy Berno of the Department of Tourism. This lecture was also an opportunity for collaboration between the Centre and Samoa Polytechnic which offers a Hospitality training programme, and the Samoa Tourism Authority. The sharing of costs enabled each of the three to derive some benefit at minimal costs. The lecture focused on international tourism and what it meant for Samoa.

Alafua campus has commenced its public lecture series for 2007 and in April, Dr Irene Taafaki, Campus Director of Marshall Islands Campus delivered a presentation on Traditional Medicine in Marshall Islands that informed about the research and publication on this topic.

Impact: Continuing and community education offered through public lectures provided an avenue for the community to increase their awareness of global events and trends, bringing an international perspective to local dimensions.

(ii) Research and Publications

In addition to the programmes and activities described above, the Campus is actively involved in consultancies, research and publications which are other ways of community outreach.

Research projects have resulted in Publications which are avenues of disseminating the findings of research work. Examples are:

  • Samoa Preschool Standards
  • Samoa College Golden Jubilee: 50 years of service to Samoa
  • The 2001 Samoa General Elections (March 2006).
  • Creating Opportunity, Realising Potential

Future development

Continuing and Community Education in Samoa has great potential and future development will make use of the programmes in place as well as developing new programmes to respond to the needs of the country. Sports, Art and culture are some of those areas. Then again, Alafua campus is ready to develop new programmes cater to new demands.


Alafua Student Learning Support (SLS)

Alafua Student Learning Support (SLS)

The Student Learning Support (SLS) was established on Alafua Campus in Semester 2, 2017, and provides on-site academic services/programmess for all Alafua-based students in all modes and levels of study. The SLS services are aimed at equipping students with the right academic skills to enable them to succeed in their studies, enjoy their learning and develop into self-motivating, critical thinking and competent life-long learners.

The following are SLS Services for students:

  • ELSA (English Language Skills Assessment): an online diagnostic test for all first year degree students
  • EL001 (English Language Skills): an online course for those whose ELSA band score is 4 or below
  • Drop-In consultations: daily unscheduled meetings with SLS where students’ problems are solved
  • Academic & Study Skills workshops: daily on the 4 modes of English and on (life) study skills
  • P.A.S.S (Peer Assisted Study Sessions): 1-hr long sessions held 4 times a week, led by a high achieving senior student (PASS Leader) who aced a course in the past but now working with students struggling with the same course.
  • Global Communication: informal 1-hr conversations between native English speaking Alafua-based students from countries beyond the Pacific, and students who are non-native speakers of English. The purpose is for the non-native speakers of English to gain exposure to others ways of speaking English and other worldviews.
  • UU1114: The Student Learning Specialist is responsible for teaching UU114 on the campus.
  • Online SLS assistance: online assistance for those who cannot be physically present at the SLS hub, through this email: niseta.buatava(at)
  • Editing: editing assignments for grammatical errors only and not for content.
  • Tailored (requested) workshops: workshops tailored to needs of a particular class area of study
  • Debate: this boosts students’ communication abilities while arguing local and global issues

Student Resources

These downloadable free resources on the various academic skills are available from the SLS hub.

 Study Skills






Niseta Buatava

Email: niseta.buatava(at)

Telephone: (685) 21672 ext: 314


Pacific TAFE

Pacific TAFE


It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time -- for we are bound by that -- but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.
T.S. Eliot


The College of Foundation Studies at USP is responsible for the development and teaching of courses at the Preliminary and Foundation levels. These are pre-degree study programs and are equivalent to Year 13 or the NUS Foundation Year.

Vision for the College of Foundation Studies

Establish a centre of excellence in preparation of students for University and Tertiary studies.


  • Provision of quality teaching curriculum at Foundation level.
  • Delivery of learning programmes through multi-modal strategies.
  • Establishment of appropriate assessment machinery in view of quality assessment and evaluation of learning and teaching outcomes.

What can you come to expect?

  • Provision of an environment that is conducive to learning and development of personal qualities in preparation for further studies.
  • Provision or relevant resources (human and physical) to facilitate teaching and learning.

Click here to download College of Foundation Studies Brochure 


The Director for the College of Foundation Studies is stationed at the Laucala Campus, in Suva Fiji.

Director – Ms Emily Pouvalu Moala (679) 323 1101


Temporary Staff - Local Tutors

On Campus, during tutorials, there are local tutors which CFS provides for each course where student support for their respective subject matters can be sought.



Preliminary programs are aimed at mature entrants who have left school early but now wish to recommence studying.

  • Students who have not done well in their Year 13 examinations (P.S.S.C.) can take a course in the USP Preliminary Program in either science or social sciences with the aim to move onto the Foundation Program.

To complete a preliminary program a student must complete LLP13 and THREE other preliminary courses


Three of: BIP02, BIP03, CHP02, CHP03, GEP01, MAP12, MAP13, PHP02, PHP03 or TEP02

  • Science Laboratory classes are a compulsory component of some preliminary science courses. Failure to complete at least three quarters of the practicals can result in the student’s disentitlement to sit the final exam.


Three of: GEP01, GEP02, HYP01, MAP12, MAP13, PLP01 or SOPO1


Foundation Programs form a pathway to degree-level study at USP.

  • Students may enroll for more than seven (7) foundation courses if they wish.

To complete a Foundation Program a student MUST PASS LLF11 and complete six other foundation courses


AGF01, BIF02, BIF03, CHF02, CHF03, CSF12, GEF01, ISF21, MAF11, MAF12, PHF02, PHF03, TEF02 or TEF03


AFF01, AFF02, CSF12, ECF02, ECF03, GEF01, GEF02, HYF01, ISF21, LLF21, MAF11, MAF12, MAF21, PLF01, SOF01 or SOF02

ALL courses in THE Preliminary and Foundation Programs are offered in distance and flexible learning mode.


The College of Foundation in its attempts to offer the best service to its students; provides local tutors to assist students with matters pertaining to their particular subjects. The local College of Foundation tutor/coordinator can also be contacted at any time for student support and services regarding CFS.

Primarily, the support staff are responsible for counseling and follow up on tutorial attendance so that commitment to studies is assured for all students who choose to study at the College of Foundation Studies.

The Tutor/Co-ordinator for CFS on campus in liaison with SAS (Student Academic Services) work together to provide the ‘best services for students so as to improve student performance’.

Presently, SAS deals with the administrative issues in regards to enrolments and tutor recruitment.

To find out more about the Student Academic Services (SAS) please click here

or, contact

SAS Coordinator

Ms SeulGee Samuelu

(685) 21671 ext 231 or email: samuelu_s(at)







USP Pacific TAFE Celebrating Further Education with Tofiga

Seki lou A’oga (Commit to your studies): USP Pacific TAFE Celebrating Further Education with Tofiga  

The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) is launching a flagship initiative based on the concept on Edutainment- the act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains. The initiative will provide an opportunity to the Year 12 and 13 students, teachers, parents and stakeholders to learn more about Pacific TAFE’s Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) programmes at the Alafua Campus, Samoa. USP Pacific TAFE has obtained the services of Tofiga Fepulea’i, to act as regional ambassador in promoting its vocational programmes on Tuesday October 8, 2019. In Tofigalesque style he will also be ‘Samoanising’ the narrative for potential students in the context of pathways, dispelling the perception of the Alafua Campus & TVET track being exclusively agriculture, industry & blue collar programmes. Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) is a strategically amalgamated and integrated learning and teaching section, which offers high quality Skills Based Qualifications (SBQ’s), Foundation, and Preliminary studies. The programmes provide employment opportunities at entry and para professional levels, pathways for higher studies at USP where approved, and career advancement for working people. The USP revised Strategic Plan 2019-2021- Shaping Pacific Futures states ‘Our vision to shape Pacific futures by empowering students, staff and alumni to become inspirational agents of positive change leading to innovative, cohesive, resilient and sustainable communities’.

The five learning and teaching units for Pacific TAFE are;

• College of Business and Commerce

• College of Tourism & Hospitality

• College of Arts & Humanities

• College of Science, Technology & Environment

• Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU)

Pacific TAFE incorporates interdisciplinary colleges and centers. The Foundation Arts, Foundation Business, Foundation Science Programmes have been given recognition by Universities New Zealand. The WDTU of Pacific TAFE is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) United Kingdom certified center and offers accredited short courses; currently 100 short courses are fully accredited. In the national accreditation of USP's programme, it is evident that the university has increased in its involvement as the vigor of its academia using international linkages research projects, assessments and outcomes. The overall success of USP’s vision and mission is recognising Samoa’s education, vocational and research needs.

Should you require any further information please contact Campus Coordinator for Samoa, Magele Vernon Mackenzie at Ph.21671 ext. 320 | PacTAFE office Ph. 8400786 or at

University of the South Pacific – Alafua Campus Pacific Technical And Further Education (Pacific TAFE)

‘Shaping Pacific Futures’




Talofa Students and Staff

Kindly note the Library opening hours during the Study and Exam weeks: Weekdays:

Study Week: Monday - Friday (21-25/10) 08.00am - 10.00pm

Exam Week: Monday - Friday (28/10 - 01/11) 08.00am - 10.00pm

Exam Week: Monday - Thursday (4-7/11) 08.00am - 10.00pm


Saturday (26/10 & 02/11) 09.00am - 03.00pm

Sunday (27/10 & 03/11) 12.00noon - 06.00pm

With best wishes.

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TAFE with Tofiga
The Campus Director Dr. Joeli with Tofiga
The AHOS Dr. Diarra with Tofiga
Tofiga with Robotics, students and IT Manager, Sia

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