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Dr Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean of FSTE, welcomes all new students.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) at The University of the South Pacific, held yet another successful orientation at the University’s Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre at the Laucala Campus on 30 January 2019.

Dr Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean of FSTE welcomed all students to the Faculty and talked about the Faculty’s vision, mission, disciplines and programmes that are on offer by the different schools in the Faculty.

USP’s FSTE includes School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, School of Engineering and Physics, School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment, School of Marine Studies and two Institutes namely the Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) and the Institute of Marine Resources (IMR).

While talking about the programmes available, Dr Sharma emphasised on a new programme through the School of Engineering and Physics – Bachelor of Civil Engineering, and was pleased to note that a good number of students have enrolled into this programme.

He also spoke about accredited programmes, Online Mathematics Diagnostic Test (OMDT) and the FSTE Orientation Online Tool (FOOT) which he noted although mandatory tools for students are not assessed.

Dr Sharma stressed the importance of mLearning and urged new students to use mobile apps, which he noted will also be part of the free tablets that all first year students will later be getting.

As part of the orientation, the team from FSTE gave special awards to outstanding first year students of 2018, to motivate new students to strive to do well in studies and also launched Facebook competition to encourage students to be connected with FSTE’s Facebook page for latest news and announcements.

Dr Sharma told the students to make the most of the orientation week to ensure that they got their programmes and courses right.

“We are here because of you, and you are the most important people for us, so never feel shy to ask anything you are in doubt about,” Dr Sharma told the new students.

He also acknowledged his staff for making the event a successful one. 

“I encourage you all to continue inspiring and helping our new students in every step of their academic journey with FSTE,” Dr Sharma said.

Meanwhile, Mr Aisake Lalahi, a Tongan student enrolled in Bachelor of Networks and Security said his choice of University was driven by the availability of the programme that he wanted to pursue.

Mr Lalahi shared that he chose USP because of its regional nature, therefore studying in another country and adapting to USP will not give him a culture shock.

He acknowledged that the FSTE orientation was very clear and precise, and one that was really helpful to him.

His message to prospective students back in Tonga is to be rest assured that USP as an institution is providing quality tertiary education.

“Thank you USP for accepting me to study here, and over the course of my programme, I will try to do my best to be among the best,” he said.

Ms Lice Marama, who is enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science said she chose to study at USP because she felt that USP is different from the rest, in that it is internationally recognised and is the top University in Fiji.

Ms Lice, a former student of Votualevu College said that the orientation was a good one, with a lot of information shared by the Faculty staff.

Ms Lice was accompanied by her mother, Ms Keresi Marama, who said that the Laucala Campus provided a totally new environment, adding that she is so proud to enrol her daughter at USP, who is the first from their family to study at here.

“Coming all the way from Nadi, to a very different environment that USP presents, I can say that I am a proud mother, whose daughter has made the right choice of her tertiary studies,” Mrs Marama said.

The trip to USP, which was a first for the mother and daughter, caught them by surprise on all that was on offer at USP.

She urged prospective students to think about the wealth of programmes that USP has to offer and make the right decision in choosing to attend USP in future.

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