2022 USP Orientation Week kick starts with great enthusiasm


Yesterday, the University of the South Pacific (USP) officially began its Orientation Week for Semester 1, 2022. The Orientation Week will run until 18 March 2022.

The Orientation Week is specially designed to assist new students and introduce them to USP’s learning and teaching environment, helping them become familiar with the campus and learn about USP services.

USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pal Ahluwalia, welcomed approximately 100 staff and students to the jam-packed Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre at the Laucala Campus.

He congratulated the new students for securing their place at the University and making an excellent choice to join USP – the premier regional and international University.

“Every year, USP looks forward to welcoming its new students to assist them in exploring and capitalising on the opportunities that await them at this premier institution of higher learning,” he added.

Professor Ahluwalia said that this week would allow First-Year Students to explore the University, attend information sessions, attend academic counselling and Transition Workshops, meet with School staff and fellow new students, whilst enjoying activities organised throughout the Orientation Week.

“You will also be able to learn more about USP’s flexible payment options for fees and the various scholarships available at the University. Moreover, the Fair provides an opportunity to engage with people with experience and knowledge in the field of studies you hope to enrol in this year,” he added.

He encouraged all students to make the most out of this Orientation Week by getting all the required information to make their transition seamless.

“University life can be challenging and empowering at the same time. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to notice that there is so much freedom in your hands. There may not be anyone doing daily checks on your progress, but you must ensure you are keeping a check of your progress, as it will lead to your academic growth,” Professor Ahluwalia said.

He said that staff at USP would help students harness the wind, direct their sails, and fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

“If you ever feel you are stuck or isolated, our fantastic staff and students are all here to support you on this new journey. Our goal is to help you all succeed. We have amazing facilities and student support services to ensure that you achieve your goals,” he added.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Jito Vanualailai said USP’s goal was to ensure that students succeed as they embark on the most exciting journey of their life at the University.

He highlighted the importance of independence and self-discipline for students to achieve their goals at the University.

“You are all chosen and have the potential to be leaders in the future,” Professor Vanualailai added.

He said USP students are set above the rest, as they not only have excellent facilities to use but they have a high calibre of academic staff to support them in their educational journey to be successful.

USP Student Association (USPSA), President of Laucala branch, Morris Polyn Kiukakea said that USPSA represents student’s voices, and, “We are here to help you settle in your respective halls, deal with your welfare, Social, Cultural, religious, sports, and education and provide advice and support to students where possible”.

Students can download the USP Orientation Week Event App on their mobile phones to stay updated with information regarding programmes and activities offered during the week. The App provides details of School Orientation sessions and workshops and allows students to post stories and pictures of their orientation experience.

Visit the link here for more information: https://www.usp.ac.fj/campus/home/orientation-week/orientation-2022/

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