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MBA students for cluster 5

The deadly COVID-19 global pandemic is redirecting a number of individuals to further their academic qualification.
The increase in numbers at the orientation session for the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme at The University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus on 29 August is an indication that many individuals are now deciding to further their education, either after losing their employment or working reduced hours. A decline in their busy work environment is giving people an opportunity to further their academic path.
USP Lautoka Campus Director, Dr Pramila Devi said they have now made the orientation session mandatory in order for new students to know what facilities and services are available to support them in their study.
Dr Devi told the students that the two-year academic journey at USP will thoroughly boost their personal and career development. She however also reminded the students that their journey will be challenging but full of excitement and they should all embrace the challenges to sail out victors.

MBA Student Emily Billings introducing herself

Guest motivational speaker at the orientation, Ravineet Sami, who recently completed his MBA through USP’s Lautoka Campus urged all the new entrants in the MBA programme to capitalise on the positive effects of COVID-19. Sami is the Executive Director Finance for University of Fiji.
He emphasised that the students should focus on the various positive effects of the pandemic rather than the negative. If there was no COVID-19, many of the students present in the room for the MBA orientation may not have been there, he said.  He said that the pandemic had provided an opportunity to many individuals to realign their academic qualifications. 
According to Sami, graduating with an MBA was the “most beautiful achievement” of his career. He however reminded the new students that during the two-year tenure of the MBA programme, a lot of dedication, hard work and sacrifice is needed. 
 “As a working student you will have to properly manage your time, and family support will play a vital part towards your success in this course.
“If you have children, your spouse will have to take a lot more responsibility of the family in order to allow you to devote 100% of your time to your studies,” he reminded the students.

Head of the Graduate School of Business (GSB), Professor Gurmeet Singh said the GSB has assisted the Lautoka campus in launching another new cohort of MBA starting with the PGCBA(HR). Social marketing by GSB and the marketing drive by the Lautoka Campus has  proven successful as the launch saw 29 students registered for the first two courses from the 37 offers made. 
Keeping the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the courses are being redefined to allow classes to continue should restriction of face to face classes be made in future, said Professor Singh.   All MBA classes are being recorded via zoom and a copy made available to students to assist in revision. The Zoom platform will also be the platform to interact with students and deliver a course remotely should there be a need.  

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