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Team FALE victorious at Alafua-Campus 50th Debate Series

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Mr Winston Thompson, USP Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Associate Prof. Mohammed Umar, Acting Alafua Campus Director (centre), Mr Sia Le Mamea Matalavea, IT Manager at Alafua Campus (far left) with the winning team from FALE.

The team from Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Alafua Campus in Samoa were declared winners at the finals of the Alafua Campus Golden Jubilee Celebrations Debate Series on 13 June 2018.

The debate series was divided into four (4) parts and constituted students’ contributions to the Golden Jubilee celebrations hosted by the Alafua Campus.

Team FALE was for the motion that “USP promotes cultural enrichment among its students and member countries” while the team from Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) was against the motion.

The team from FALE was represented by Law students studying at the Alafua Campus including Simeanamulu Laupu’a, Victory Tuala and Leva’ula Titimaea, while the team from FSTE comprised Seira Tofete, Caroline Fuaiava Ili’ili and Tolofa’i Isaia.

The winning arguments highlighted by Team FALE included the promotion of cultural enrichment through USP’s curriculum; Open Day, orientation, social nights, and cultural night.

The opposition, on the other hand, cited the non-inclusion of all Pacific languages in the USP curriculum and the non-promotion of the Pacific research frameworks in USP, as their main arguments.

Mr Winston Thompson, USP’s Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, and Associate Professor Mohammed Umar, Head of School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SFAT) and Acting Campus Director were among the members of the audience.

The first debate topic for this series was “USP Has Lived up to its Ideals in the Last 50 Years”, which was supported by the team from Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) and opposed by Team FALE. The winner of the first debate was Team FALE.

Meanwhile another debate on the topic: “USP Qualifications Are Relevant for Meeting USP Nations’ Priorities” was debated affirmatively by the team from Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and opposed by team FSTE.

The third debate was on the topic, “USP can be more successful as a paperless University” and speaking for the motion was Team Pacific TAFE and speaking against the motion was Team FBE.

The Debate Series actively engaged students from the three (3) Faculties and Pacific TAFE and prompted them to research about USP and its achievements over the last 50 years.

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