SOEd hosts Postgraduate Evening for Lautoka Campus students
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Sitting from L-R: Dr Jeremy Dorovolomo, Professor Govinda Lingam, and Mr. Adrian Kumar with Lautoka thesis candidates.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) held a Postgraduate Evening for its students at the Lautoka Campus on 6 October, 2017.
Fourteen (14) thesis candidates of the SOEd attended the session and were briefed by Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of School and the Chair of the SOED Research Committee, Dr Jeremy Dorovolomo, and Mr. Adrian Kumar, Postgraduate Officer.
Professor Lingam emphasised that the School wanted to see thesis candidates succeed and do so on time, adding that it will take serious commitment from students and diligently working with supervisors.
Learning he said, should be driven by candidates but guided by supervisors.
Professor Lingam assured candidates that the School will provide necessary support, even if supervisors and expertise can be sourced from partner universities overseas.
The SOED is the largest postgraduate School at the University and Professor Lingam said that such visit and forum was aimed at hearing from thesis candidates and identify opportunities where the SOED can assist.
“No supervisor will write for you and as candidates you should build expertise in the area you are doing studies on,” he stressed.
Professor Lingam advised them not to underestimate what is involved in writing a thesis and to push for timely completions which means a lot of reading and hard work.
Candidates talked about the advantages they were enjoying for instance being independent and the opportunity to pursue their topics of interest.
They also raised issues they needed support in such as in data analysis, resources and supervisory matters.
Professor Lingam assured students of support for orientation, visits and symposiums reiterating that the SOEd aimed to have a high completion rate.
Dr Dorovolomo mentioned that postgraduate studies, is a burgeoning area at the SOED highlighting that in 2007 the SOEd had only 3 PhD candidates enrolled, while there are currently 27 enrolled this semester.
Dr Dorovolomo emphasised that it is not just about completing a thesis but it is also about publishing student outputs.
“The SOED has avenues in which both staff and postgraduate students can publish their work. The School has an edited book series, runs the Directions Journal, and publishes proceedings from symposiums it convenes,” Dr Dorovolomo explained.
“Therefore, the SOED believes in providing the necessary support that is rigorous and positive,” he added.
The occasion was also an opportune time for postgraduate students to meet Mr. Adrian Kumar, the SOED Postgraduate Officer, the contact person for postgraduate matters for the School.
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