Former Politician and USP Alumni Mr Togia Sioneholo, Maritime Officer Ms Lynsey Talagi & Tourism Officer Manager and USP Alumni Mrs Sisimoka Laufoli during the debate.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Niue Campus facilitated a healthy debate session recently as part of its “Moment to Shine” to mark the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations this year.
Mr Hima Douglas, the Moderator introduced the topic: Development in the South Pacific has significantly improved in the last 50 years because of USP’s contribution, who challenged the alumni representing both the affirmative and negative sides.
USP Alumni representing both sides of the debate topic included senior members from both the public and private sector in Niue, including the Director of Education and Head of Police.
While the affirmative team could proudly put forward its views on USP’s contribution in the past 50 years, the negative team in a very “Pacific way” apologised for their critical views before questioning the roles of not only the University but also its alumni.
They highlighted key problems including political instability in the region saying that USP and its alumni are not doing enough.
Mr Seone Lolesio, USP Niue Campus Director said the debate itself was very healthy with both the teams equally prepared and it certainly created the interactive platform as a part of Niue Campus’ 50th anniversary celebration.
“While USP alumni in Niue are playing a key role, the debate session highlighted the need for a great and more active role by them,” he added.
Participants thanked USP Niue Campus for such an interesting initiative.
Vice President Regional Campuses and Estates and Infrastructure, Dr Giulio Paunga in his closing remark thanked the Niue Campus and alumni for their active role during the “Moment to Shine” saying that such initiatives further enhance the role of USP and its alumni.
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