Chief Guest Mr Paul Jaduram, Labasa businessman (being garlanded) and Dr Samuela Bogitini, USP Labasa Campus Director during the official opening ceremony.
A total of 1652 secondary school students attended The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Open Day at the Labasa Campus on 26 July 2019.
Dr Samuela Bogitini, Campus Director said they had a very successful USP Open Day with attendance from 28 secondary schools from all over Vanua Levu. More students from year 10 and 11 turned up towards the end of the programme. This year’s theme is USP-Shaping Pacific Futures.
In his opening address, Dr Bogitini welcomed the Chief Guest Mr Paul Jaduram (MBE), a local businessman and former Mayor of Labasa; Ms Iliseva Volai, the Acting Divisional Education Officer Northern; members of the USP Labasa Campus Advisory Committee; invited guests; principals; teachers and students.
He also welcomed the representatives from the Faculties, schools and sections of the University from Laucala including alumnis and friends of the University.
USP he said, has shaped many people’s lives and “we often hear life changing stories from many of our students who had successfully reached top positions in government, professional and corporate world including international scholars”.
“The USP Open Day is an annual event that provides opportunities for Faculties and Schools and other sections of the University, to showcase their programmes and initiatives,” he said.
He mentioned that one of the reasons that USP embarks on this yearly event is to ensure that its programmes and services are disseminated widely to communities, so that opportunities of getting quality high education can be evenly distributed to all.
Secondary school students in Vanua Levu attended the USP Labasa Campus Open Day in numbers
Chief Guest Mr Paul Jaduram (MBE), a local businessman and former Mayor of Labasa, commended the organising committee for a well-organised event.
“As highlighted in the theme, I believe that USP is playing crucial role in addressing common development challenges faced by member countries of the University and especially for us in the Northern Division,” he said.
“The theme is indeed fitting, as USP has more than 50 years of experience in Higher Education and it has shaped the future of many students in Fiji and the South Pacific region. USP will continue to shape the future of its prospective student some of which are sitting here today,” he said.
He stated that the programmes offered through USP provide a firm and lasting foundation with assurance of a secure future in diverse fields of study of their choice.
“I am aware of USP’s unique modes of delivery that are supported by the USPNET that makes teaching and learning accessible to all USP member countries and we are very fortunate indeed in the Northern division to have a USP campus at our door step,” he stated.
“USP is a well-established and a premier high education provider for Fiji and 11 other countries in the Pacific Region,” he added.
As a member of the USP Labasa Campus Advisory Committee, he said he is familiar with the standard and the quality of programmes offered by USP.
USP has always been a very important partner in terms of the development of human resource and community development and I would strongly suggest to continue with this effective and strategic relationship.
“I am also aware that Government continues to encourage all civil servants to improve their qualification with the intention that a well-qualified workforce will be able to deliver excellent services to the people.
“USP might be able to provide assistance in the area of climate change and sustainable development and environment, which are areas that will be of great assistance to our people and government,” he said.
He added that given the knowledge and the depth of experience of USP’s Labasa Campus has, he is confident that USP will continue to demonstrate its intellectual capacity and create new and innovative ways of reaching out to our isolated, rural and remote communities.
“USP Labasa Campus will continue to play a major role in the development of human resources of the Northern Division and impact on the future of our young generation,” he said.
Civil servants, parents and members of the public also visited booths and enjoyed their time with prospective students at Subrail Park. The representatives from the 3 Faculties and PacTAFE and including heads of government departments also attended the event.
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