Day 3 of Orientation and USP Sees Another Huge Turnout and Interest from Students
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(left) Dr Giulio Paunga, Acting Vice-Chancellor & President of USP with Professor Jito Vanualailai, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the SPACE and SoLaSS Orientation.
24 February, 2021:The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre was filled to the brim with new students turning up for orientation by the School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE) and School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS) this morning
Dr Giulio Paunga, Acting Vice-Chancellor & President welcomed the students and congratulated them for their decision to study at USP.
“This is your opportunity to make lifelong friends. Soft skills are equally important and you will develop this when you meet and engage with everyone at USP,” he said.
Head of SPACE, Professor Sudesh Mishra delivering his address.
Dr Paunga said the amazing facilities at USP and staff blend well together to ensure that students are successful in their studies.
Professor Jito Vanualailai, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), when addressing the students commented on the role of his office which is to ensure that students graduate with life-long learning skills.
Head of SPACE, Professor Sudesh Mishra and Acting Head of SoLaSS, Associate Professor Sandra Tarte advised students to aim high and always strive to do their best.
The two Heads of Schools gave an overview of their respective Schools to ensure that students are well versed when they begin their studies.
Both SPACE and SoLASS admission numbers have increased this year when compared to the same period last year.
Acting Head of SoLaSS, Associate Professor Sandra Tarte addressing students.
Professor Mishra said that he was excited to see so many students in the auditorium, adding that USP is about providing opportunities for everyone in the Pacific who want to further their education.
He urged the students to attend lectures with a positive attitude and learn as much as possible.
Professor Mishra reminded the students that their parents, guardians and relatives have sacrificed a lot to earn them a place at the premier University.
Associate Professor Tarte said students have to work very hard to fulfill their dreams.
“Whenever you want guidance and advice about your programme of study, it is very important to go to the right people. The key people in your academic life are your programme or discipline advisors as well as your course coordinators. Whatever twists and turns you take in your academic journey, the main thing is that you get to the finish line with your degree or diploma,” she advised.
Orientation continues this week until Friday.
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