Island girl to pursue Marine Science studies at USP


The University of the South Pacific (USP) congratulates all 2022 Year 13 students as they receive their provisional external exam results today.

7,751 students sat for their Year 13 national examinations last year from schools across the country and the Ministry of Education was pleased with the 88 per cent pass rate recorded.

Amongst the students who passed their exams was Keresia Ledua, who moved from her village in Levukana, Vanuabalavu in Lau to Suva, as she searched for quality education opportunities in Suva.

Ledua attended Adi Maopa Primary School before moving to Adi Maopa Secondary School in Lau up until Year 12, after which she decided to join Suva Muslim College for her Year 13.

The 19-year-old was pleased with her provisional Year 13 result and assured that she would continue her studies at the University this year. Ledua submitted her application in December last year and now awaits her offer letter to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science programme.

“Joining USP was a dream for me during those early high school days. Apart from studying, I wanted to interact with students from the Pacific, especially those from Tuvalu and Kiribati and to hear their stories about the impacts of climate change on the island,” she said.

Ledua added, she was not the first in her family to attend USP as her older brother also graduated from the regional university, and this motivated her to follow in his footstep. She said that her Year 13 teachers had given recommendations to a good number of students to pursue their studies at USP.

“I stayed with my brother and from my observation, I can say that programmes offered at USP are well recognised. I did some research about the courses offered at the different tertiary institutions and noticed that USP alone provides the programme that I want to take up,” she said.

Ledua said she strongly recommends USP to her friends and family members who are still contemplating which university to join this year.

“To Year 13 students out there, you do not need to be double minded about which institution you should join this year, USP must be your first choice. You should come to USP, as you have a lot of options and a wide variety of programmes to choose from. The staff are always ready to assist you if you have any doubts about the courses or enrolment,” she stressed.

Ledua’s mother, Pasemaca Naqarase travelled from the island last month to assist her daughter with enrolment and other essential needs Ledua would need before the beginning of Semester 1 next month.

Meanwhile, USP will be holding its enrolment roadshow on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of January 2023.

If you still have not applied for your studies with us, bring your birth certificate and external exam results to key locations in Nausori, Navua, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Labasa, Savusavu and Taveuni.

USP teams will also issue provisional offer letters for Years 12 and 13 students and confirmed offer letter to those who meet the requirements. For more information, visit our Facebook page or website or call toll-free at 1568.


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