The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Labasa Campus Director, Dr Samuela Bogitini, staff, and students, welcomed the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Vice President for Regional Campuses and Global Engagement, Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Pāunga to the USP Campus in Labasa and the Savusavu Centre this week.
As studies and work starts rolling well into the second Semester, Dr Bogitini said they are grateful that a member of the Senior Management Team, Dr Paunga visited the campus in the Northern Division.
Speaking during his visit Dr Paunga highlighted that the hard work of the staff and students alike do not go unnoticed, especially as many, if not all, USP campuses had to grapple with the challenges thrown at them during the height of the Pandemic. Despite the challenges, the Northern Campus and Centre continue to show resilience with healthy enrolment numbers in the new Semester.
Dr Pāunga stated that despite the challenges of Covid 19, he is appreciative of the opportunity to fulfil his duty of care and encourage staff and students at both Labasa Campus and Savusavu Centre to continue cultivating a sense of collaboration in achieving shared goals of the University.
Campus Director, Dr Bogitini acknowledged the visit by Dr Paunga and reaffirmed Labasa Campus’s continued support in achieving USP’s deliverables here in the Northern Division as the premier choice of higher learning in the Pacific.
Dr Bogitini also noted the growing interest shown by new students and mature students in the Pacific TAFE programmes offered at the Labasa Campus. He added that students also took on the initiative to look for and make use of scholarships available to assist in their studies.
“The installation of the USP Net by the ITS Laucala team in July 2022 was a boost for our students as they can now access the net and other USP services with little or close to no network disruptions,” he said.