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Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services presents the certificate to a graduate.

A total of 256 students who successfully completed their Foundation studies at The University of South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) were awarded the Certificate in Foundation Studies in Arts, Business and Science at the University’s Laucala Campus on 7 December 2018. Of this number, 62% were females.

The graduates were from Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and non-member countries of Papua New Guinea and China.

While officiating at the ceremony, Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services, congratulated the students for a job well done.

“Today marks a special day for all of you graduating and I wish to convey my hearty congratulations to you all,” Professor Coll said.

However, he said that learning does not stop here; learning is a life-long process and with the wealth of knowledge that the students have, they can pursue Degree Programmes at USP or elsewhere and subsequently make a demonstrable impact in their career and workplace.

Professor Coll also took time to highlight Pacific TAFE’s achievements and in particular on its growth in Registration and Placement.

“Pacific TAFE had seen a growth of 5.05% in its registrations till October 2018 compared to December last year and it has placed over 249 students into workplace attachment this year,” he said.

“It has also produced top achievers and recorded an increased number of graduates while at the same time allowed its students, to showcase their talents to high profile dignitaries as well as to take part in competitions such as Moffat National Salon Culinaire this year where three (3) students won medals compared to one last year.”

Graduate, Ms Sejuti Saha while moving the vote of thanks on behalf of the graduates congratulated all her fellow Foundation awardees on their achievements and thanked the foundation coordinators and facilitators for their support.

“Prior to the commencement of this year at Foundation, I was told that there would be limited interaction with the teaching staff in comparison to high school,” she said.

“But when we arrived here, it was the complete opposite. We ran to our facilitators and coordinators with every minute problem we encountered and someone was always there with open arms to assist us with our numerous queries.”

She also encouraged other students to pursue foundation studies.

“Pursuing Foundation Studies was without a doubt one of the best decisions we’ve made,” Ms Saha said.

“It taught us the importance of being independent as well as being a team player in group work and discussions.”

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