Visitors at the USP50 Travelling Exhibition.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 50th Anniversary Travelling Exhibition was part of the week-long “Moment to Shine” at the University’s Laucala Campus from 23 – 27 July 2018.
The exhibition, which is referred to as the USP50 has been created as a celebratory, touring exhibition that is interactive, and of a quality that reflects the 50th Anniversary.
The exhibition demonstrated the success of the University by showcasing interviews with prominent alumni, staff and current students thatoffer an authentic voice through film.
Affirming USP as the premier University of the region by identifying its unique strengths, the exhibition engaged students and the community through a range of mediums. Reflecting the role the University plays in the Pacific, the exhibition has the ability to host public programmes involving talks, film, regional history and photos.
Ms Moana Davey, Exhibition Curator said that she believes the best way to discuss the success of USP is through the people, in this case, the alumni.
Therefore, she developed the themes of Honour, Achieve andAspire as a way to discuss USP’s history and to demonstrate the success of its alumni.
“The interviewees were selected by the Anniversary Steering Committee and campuses so there was representation from the member countries,” Ms Davey mentioned.
She further highlighted that the University’s 50th Anniversary is definitely a milestone achievement, adding that it is a history that should be cherished, not only because of its ambitious vision but also because of its success.
According to the curator, the three (3) significant aspects of the exhibition included, twelve-member countries supporting the development of USP to meet their tertiary education needs; the impact of USP within the region; and Pacific leadership.
Ms Davey shared that for her; the most enjoyable part of the project was visiting the campuses and interviewing USP alumni throughout the Pacific.
“There are many inspirational leaders throughout the Pacific who proudly claim their USP connection, and I hope by presenting some of these leaders on film, it may offer current students a sense of pride and inspiration,” she said.
She confirmed that there wasvery positive feedbacks from the visitors and added that the students enjoyed seeing their country represented in multiple ways while learning.
Ms Davey acknowledged the composer of the soundtrack of the USP50 Exhibition, Calvin Rore and performed by New Sounds from the Oceania Centre, School of Journalism students namely Koroi Tadulala, Mereoni Mili, and Laiseana Nasiga who were the camera crew and editors for the films.
The marquee, graphic design, print production and fabrication have been made in Fiji.
The Exhibition will travel to the University’s regional campuses, where it will be on display for the staff, students and the general public.
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