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USP’s high achievers after being awarded at the Laucala Campus.

A total of fifty-two (52) graduates of The University of the South Pacific (USP) were awarded gold medals in a special ceremony at the Laucala Campus on 19 March 2019.

During his welcome address, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, the Vice-Chancellor and President, said the gold medalists had excelled in their respective studies and it was a pleasure to recognise their hard work and achievements.

He also extended a special welcome to H.E. Taneti Maamau, Chancellor of USP and the President of the Republic of Kiribati saying his presence was greatly appreciated and has made this event extra-special for the awardees and the University community.

“We sincerely appreciate that you have taken the time to join us this evening to recognise and to celebrate this momentous occasion in the lives of our students,” he said.

“Tonight is a celebration where we honour a very special group of young, talented and promising future leaders. These students have proven that our Pacific region is full of brilliant and talented individuals, who have the drive to excel and compete against other students, anywhere in the world.

“We pay tribute to you for your hard work, dedication and achievements in your respective fields of study. You will be graduating this week, with the recognition as top and outstanding students in your areas,” he commented.

Professor Ahluwalia said they were determined from the very beginning and have raised the bar higher for others to aspire. He said they would now go out as agents of change after graduating from USP.

“You have shown us that anything is possible if one has the right mindset, attitude and inspiration to achieve. Many congratulations for bringing credit to yourselves, your families, countries and the University,” he stated.

Professor Ahluwalia also congratulated parents, guardians, spouses, families and friends, who have given the awardees such a strong foundation to excel.

“I know this is a proud occasion for you as well. You have stood by our stars in their paths to success. Equally I want to thank our staff who have been dedicated to supporting these remarkable people,” he noted.

Professor Ahluwalia confirmed that a total of 2,026 students would be graduating in a two-day ceremony to be held at the FMF Gymnasium on March 21-22, 2019.

“Tonight we are acknowledging top achievers in 57 categories. It is pleasing to note that thirty-two (32) out of our fifty-two (52) awardees tonight are females. No doubt, this is a proud moment for all of you – to see you excel in your chosen fields of study,” he said.

Professor Ahluwalia particularly commended the sponsors and the partnership between the private sector and the University, which has seen greater collaboration with students gaining practical knowledge and research opportunities with the best organisations in the region. 

“We appreciate the trust and confidence that our sponsors have in USP and your faith in the potential of our students,” he stated.

He added that students are central to USP and “therefore we hold a firm moral and academic commitment towards their future”.

“We are proud to be ranked amongst the top 50 universities in the Oceania and ranked globally and our aspiration is to move up the global rankings.”

Professor Ahluwalia also announced the University’s proposed new Vision, Mission and Values, which he said staff, students and stakeholders have been requested to prepare feedback on during the online consultation on 26 March 2019.

Event sponsors include Munro Leys, Westpac, Signzplus, Quality Print, Fuji Xerox, Fijian Competition & Consumer Commission, ANZ, Five Squares, Tanoa Hotels, Credit Corporation (Fiji) Ltd, Fiji Institute of Accountants, Reserve Bank of Fiji, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Formscaff Fiji Ltd, Fiji Development Bank, Vinod Patel Ltd, Superdrug Pharmacy PTE Limited, IXOM, Vodafone (Fiji) Ltd, Datec, Tropical Garments (Fiji) Ltd, Energy Fiji Limited, Telecom Fiji Ltd.

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