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USP marks historical graduation in Lautoka

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A graduate of the Master of Business Administration programme receives her certificate from the USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson.

For the first time, The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus hosted a graduation ceremony where a total of ninety-two (92) students graduated at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka on 9 September 2016.

Out of the total, seventy-eight (78) per cent of the students graduated with Postgraduate qualifications, including forty-four (44) students with Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme and one student with Masters in Education. Forty-nine per cent (49%) of all graduates were females.

The graduation was attended by USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson; Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Armstrong; Permanent Secretary of Fiji’s Ministry of Education Heritage & Arts and National Archives, Mr Iowane Ponipate Tiko; Chief Executive Officer of Lautoka City Council, Mr Jone Nakauvadra; Vice President (Regional Campuses and Properties & Facilities), Dr Giulio Paunga; USP Lautoka Campus Director, Dr Pramila Devi; Head of School of Graduate School of Business, Professor Raghuvar Pathak and other distinguished guests.

While congratulating the graduates, Professor Derrick Armstrong said that graduations mark the start of a new and wonderful journey in life ahead growing from the seeds students have sowed during their time at the University.

“You have done exceptionally well and fully deserve to celebrate today. You have worked very hard and persevered, and can rightly feel proud of your achievements,” Professor Armstrong told the graduates.

He challenged the graduates to live a life of integrity and moral values and to uphold the most important principle of USP – excellence, throughout their life.

Professor Armstrong highlighted that USP continues to showcase the quality and relevance of its programmes, which sets it apart from others through internationally recognised accreditations, adding that the University has achieved a total of 16 international accreditations till date.

“These accreditations help make our graduates highly employable ensuring high returns on the investments made in their education,” Professor Armstrong stated.

Talking about the Lautoka Campus, Professor Armstrong highlighted that in the past five years the Lautoka Campus has grown steadily at around 10 per cent in terms of student enrolment.

Since 2011, the Campus has been offering programmes on cohort basis in areas such as Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Management and Education. The MBA programme is offered at the campus since 2015. The Campus has also been offering Chinese language courses since 2014. Programmes from the Pacific Technical and Further Education are also offered since 2015.

“With the increase in programmes and student numbers the University has shown support by increasing the number of Professional, Academic and Support staff to ensure that the students are looked after well. We currently have around thirty (30) full time staff,” Professor Armstrong said.

Professor Armstrong further mentioned that the University will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018 and has invited everyone to be part of this exciting event in 2018 that will celebrate USP’s achievements and regionality, and secure its future as a world-class University that the leaders, the Pacific people, and the University’s partners can take genuine pride in.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Derrick Armstrong delivers his address at the USP Lautoka Campus Graduation.

Lautoka Campus Director, Dr Pramila Devi said that staff and students at the Campus had been really excited about this first ever Lautoka graduation ceremony.

“This graduation ceremony is a historical one for the University as we witnessed our students become pioneers of the first ever Lautoka Campus graduation,” Dr Devi said.

Dr Devi acknowledged the assistance of the Student Administrative Services (SAS) team from Laucala Campus who helped in the organisation of the event, adding that they have travelled all the way from Suva to be part of the graduation.

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