Determination and perseverance pays off for Makaia


Shaping Pacific leaders and enhancing regionalism through sustainable management practices amongst other critical skills are a trademark of The University of the South Pacific (USP) graduates.

Such is the pursuit of education for USP graduate Mr Daniel Makaia, a project manager for Accelerating Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Applications in Niue (AREAN).

Mr Makaia graduated with a Diploma in Project Management from the USP Niue campus following years of online studies from the comfort of his home.

“USP provided me with an opportunity to study from my home here in Niue, whilst still being able to continue working for the government & providing for my family,” Mr Makaia said.

He said that though learning virtually was challenging at times due to internet connectivity at times, it also “taught me and I am sure a lot of other USP students in various campuses as well about management. Whether it be time, project or even group work; it taught me to be patient and when to be creative to ensure projects are executed on time.”

Mr Makaia’s academic pursuit at USP is also an inspiring one, highlighting his determination and an unwavering will to complete his study no matter how long it takes.

“11 years after Secondary School, I finally got my first qualification. It is never too late to proceed with further studies. Take every opportunity you get and learn as much as you can,” he added.

He added that “a fraction of my life sacrificed for studies has definitely opened many opportunities for me.”

Mr Makaia said that his feat would not have happened without the support of his wife and family.

Meanwhile, USP’s admissions are now open. New applicants or those resuming studies can now apply for admission for Semester 1, 2023. For more information or academic counselling, visit a USP Campus near you or contact Student Administrative Services at



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