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USP ready to welcome its new students: Orientation Week starts 22 February, 2021

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The University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus is looking forward to welcoming new students to its 2021 Orientation Week that will take place from 22 - 26 February 2021.

Orientation sessions for all Schools and other academic units will be held at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre.   The transition workshops will be held at the N111 Lecture Theatre. These workshops are offered to students to assist them in a smooth transition to University Life and covers topics such as Managing Studies; Academic Reading and Writing; and Starting off Strong and Information Research Skills.

USP Orientation Week is especially designed to assist new students and to introduce them to the learning and teaching environment, help them get familiar with the Campus and to learn about the services available to them.

Presentations, information sessions, transition/skills workshops, tours, activities have been planned during the week. The students will also get an opportunity to connect with their Campus Life First Year Experience (FYE) Buddies who will be helping them get settled with their campus surroundings and assist them with the use of the University’s online learning portal, MOODLE.

The Orientation Week is about having lots of fun! The Orientation Week Village will host entertainment and fun activities for students. This will provide a great opportunity for students to meet USP staff who will be supporting them in their academic journey and also meet and get acquainted with fellow students.

Students can download the USP Orientation Week Event App on their mobile phones to stay up to date with information regarding programmes and activities offered during the week. The App provides details of School Orientation Sessions, workshop details and also gives students an opportunity to post stories and pictures of their orientation experience.

Only three simple steps are required to join the APP:

  • Download the Attendify App from Play Store
  • Search for USP Orientation Week
  • Click on JOIN

USP looks forward to seeing you during its Orientation Week at the Laucala Campus next week, so come down and get acquainted with your Schools and with the Campus.

Those students who have yet to enrol for any programme this semester still have time until 20 February.   Get your applications in at the USP Student Administration Enrolment Hub currently set up at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatres. Applications can also be made online through the University website portal.  

School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE)

This week, we focus on the School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE).  SPACE offer programmes in the disciplines of Education; Language, Arts and Media; Oceania Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies.


If you’re thinking of becoming a communications professional or becoming a journalist, The University of the South Pacific’s Journalism Programme offers exciting career prospects for graduates in various fields. The 18-month Diploma programme and the three-year Degree opens the pathway to becoming a communications professional in various media and communication fields.

Graduates of the USP Journalism program emerge capable of working in media across the Pacific and beyond. In addition to the career path of journalism, our multi-skilled graduates will find employment in the fields of communications and public relations with government, regional and international NGOs and the private sector.

USP’s award-winning Journalism programme is intensely practical but differs from short-term training courses in the breadth and depth of instruction achieved over two (diploma) or three years (degree) of study. In addition to training students in vocational skills, it strives to educate them in journalism ethics, which are essential to instilling a sense of professionalism.

The Journalism programme covers news writing for print and broadcast media; media law and ethics; production techniques for newspaper, online media, radio and television; international journalism theory; and research methods. It consists of eight Journalism courses, all of which are required for a single major (six for the diploma). Students pursuing a second major in a subject such as economics, education, psychology, geography, history and politics, literature and language, Pacific language studies, tourism, management, or sociology must take eight journalism courses.

Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies

As a discipline under the University of the South Pacific School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE), the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies offers programmes that brings the best of the region’s talent to learn more about Pacific cultures.

Pacific Studies Programme

If you are looking for an opportunity to learn more about the pacific and its people, Pacific Studies is the programme for you. Students will gain cultural and cross-cultural awareness, develop a broad knowledge of the pacific and acquire a distinct set of research skills critical for engagement in the islands.

Pacific Arts

You have the opportunity to enrol in the various art classes which cover exciting range of non-formal art classes in Oceania dance, visual arts and music through in-house trainee artists in residence programs with the Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika Voices. The Centre also conducts community social art classes.

Oceania Dance Theatre (ODT)

Dance at the Oceania Centre focuses on original choreographic innovations. Our repertoire of dances is inspired by the history and heritage of Oceania.

Dancers from the Oceania Dance Theatre (ODT)performing during the Orientation Fair at Laucala Campus.

Pasifika Voices (PV)

The Pasifika Voices Choir is built on the rational that the creative arts can inspire and empower. Our performances are deeply imbedded in Oceania ways and its people, which has led the group be recognised regionally and internationally.

Call for Audition:

The Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika Voices are calling artists for auditions as follow:

Date:11 March -  13 March, 2021

Venue: Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pasifika Voices, Laucala Campus, USP

Time:10am – 12noon

For more information, call: 902 7387 for Oceania Dance Theatre and 2811267 for Pasifika Voices.

Community Social Classes for Music and Dance.

The Centre also offers piano, guitar, vocals, children’s dance and ladies dance workout classes for students and the working community. Classes begins on 22 February, 2021 at the Oceania Centre. For more information, email

This news item was published on 18 Feb 2021 03:51:48 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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