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The USP Chancellor, Ulu-o-Tokelau, H.E. Aliki Faipule Salesio Lui, presents the award to a graduating student.

The University of the South Pacific hosted its first Graduation Ceremony for the year, which saw 1228 students from 24 different nationalities, receiving their certificates, diplomas and degrees on 5th April.

These graduates join the growing number of about 40,000 alumni that the University has produced over the years, who occupy top positions in government, academia, international and regional organisations and the private sector.

The special occasion held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, was attended by government officials, members of the USP Council and Senate, dignitaries from the private and public sector, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of regional and international organizations, graduands and their families and friends, and invited guests.

Among those present were the President of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and his wife, Adi Koila.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra, congratulated the graduates and wished them the very best in their future endeavours. 

“It is really up to you to put into practice the knowledge and skills that you have acquired at USP and  take the fullest advantage of the possibilities that come your way; to grow as  worthwhile citizens; and to contribute to the development and uplifting of your  communities, your country and of course your families,” he said.

Thirty three percent (33%) of the graduates received postgraduate qualifications. There were also three PhD graduates - two from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment and one from the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education.

The Vice-Chancellor challenged the graduates to strive for excellence in whatever they do.

“As you go out into your respective communities, you will be judged first and foremost as graduates of USP. You will become ambassadors of USP and how well you serve your communities will be remembered for a very long time.”

“The future is what you make of it. Much is expected of you. Make USP proud by your strong, innovative, ethical and excellent contributions,” Professor Chandra told graduates.

He extended a special welcome to the USP Chancellor, Ulu-o-Tokelau, His Excellency Aliki Faipule Salesio Lui. Chancellor Lui succeeded the former Chancellor, Aliki Faipule Kerisiano Kalolo, who had completed his term as Ulu-o-Tokelau.  

At the ceremony, Professor Chandra outlined some of the University’s recent achievements and developments. These included:

  • New phase of development for the University led by the new Strategic Plan 2013-2018;
  • Continued support from member governments, development partners, and other stakeholders. There has also been significant increase in aid to USP;
  • Positive financial position of the University;
  • High enrolment figures for this year;
  • Significant investments in regional campuses planned for the next six years worth more than $160 million;
  • Major improvements to USPNet;
  • External Academic Quality Audit of USP by Academic Quality Agency of New Zealand Universities;
  • Two new professional degrees in Computing Science (Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Net Centric Computing) have been granted provisional accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS); and
  • Continuous improvements to staffing.

The USP Chancellor, Ulo-o-Tokelau, H.E. Aliki Faipule Salesio Lui conferred certificates, diplomas and degrees to the graduates.

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