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USP Labasa Campus 50th Anniversary Celebrations Launched

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Dr Samuela Bogitini, Labasa Campus Director (second from right) and other distinguished guests cut the Anniversary cake during the launch.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Labasa Campus launched its 50th Anniversary celebrations during a cocktail event at Takia Hotel on 1 June 2018.

While launching the celebrations in Labasa, Dr Samuela Bogitini, Campus Director said that 50th Anniversary at the Labasa Campus will provide positive vibes that will set the momentum and dynamics of a spirit of celebration and reminiscence on the 50 years that USP has created education excellence for the Pacific region.

Dr Bogitini talked about the 50th Anniversary logo and stated that it entails a sailing canoe element which is amplified from the existing USP logo.

“Also known as vaka drua, kalia or tongiaki in the Pacific, sailing across the ocean and its sea of islands symbolises the strive for education, of the progress of its people through time and space, and the journey of USP as it navigates its way into the future together with its stakeholders,” Dr Bogitini said.

Mrs Unaisi Lekenaua, retired Education officer and part time tutor at the Labasa Campus shared her experiences of how she had been on her way to Suva with her father, when the announcement over the boat radio echoed that a new university called The University of the South Pacific, had opened in Laucala back in 1968.

“To this, my father told me to be one of the first iTaukei girls to graduate from the University and these words did not leave her mind,” Mrs Lekenaua said.

Dr Samuela Bogitini, Labasa Campus Director (third from left) with some members of the Advisory Council and other invited guests.

A former student of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Memorial School, she was chosen to attend USP and become a school teacher.

Together with that experience, she held the alumni’s attention by vividly recalling her experiences as an educationist in Fiji and at the same time striving to continue her studies.

She graduated in 1975 with a Diploma in Education, until 2008 when she attained a Master of Commerce in Public Administration and Management.

Also, present was Ms Ajeshni Ashika who is the first student from Savusavu Centre to have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. (ECE)

Ms Ashika shared her struggles from early days in life with her family, which did not dampen her spirits to continue her education at USP.

Starting with Certificate in Early Childhood Education up until her graduation with her degree in 2017, Ms Ashika’s story has seen her rise from being a housewife to now an empowered professional woman.

Ms Ashika acknowledged USP in changing her life and thanked the University for supporting her in terms of her lecturers, staff and many other support services which contributed to her success story.

The Campus Director, acknowledged everyone who contributed to the success of the event, and looked forward to the continued support for the Labasa Campus Moment to Shine from 17 – 20 July at Subrail Park Ground 1, Labasa.

The launch was attended by Heads of Government Departments, Secondary School Principals, USP alumni, and staff of Labasa Campus and Savusavu Centre.

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