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Day 4: USP Orientation Week: Successful Orientation for PTAFE Students

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(left) Director PTAFE, Ms Susan Sela, (middle) Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Jito Vanualailai and Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Dr Giulio Paunga

25 February, 2021: Pacific Technical and Further Education (PTAFE) successfully concluded their Orientation today at the Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre, Laucala Campus.
The Pacific TAFE team was pleased to see an increase in the number of enrolments this year, compared to last year. 
Speaking at the event, Dr Giulio Paunga, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President said, “Should you ever get stuck, or in the process of growing, feel isolated and lost, please remember that you are not alone. Our fantastic staff and students are all here to support you on this new journey. Our goal is to make all of you succeed in your chosen field of study. We have amazing facilities and student support services to ensure that you achieve your goals.”

Director PTAFE, Ms Susan Sela speaking at the Orientation.

He said USP’s utmost priority is to see students focused on their studies and succeeding academically.   There is also a social and fun-side that I encourage you to find a balance for. 
“With our sporting facilities, fantastic Oceania Arts Centre and our cultural & academic student clubs, there are many extra-curricular activities you may want to sign up for that will enrich your student life and experience here at USP,” said Dr Paunga. 
Director PTAFE, Ms Susan Sela congratulated the students on choosing the premier university in the Pacific region. Having working at USP for over 20 years, and being a Foundation student herself in the late 1970s, she has witnessed the transformation of the University in infrastructure and in the quality of its programmes.
“In becoming a student of USP you become part of the biggest University that spans across 12 Pacific Island countries” she said. 
Ms Sela explained that Pacific TAFE is currently transitioning from its old structure into a new one. 
“The old PTAFE was 3 Colleges based on major discipline areas: Arts, Business and Science. From this year our programmes fall under two colleges based on levels which are the College of Foundation that has both Foundation and Preliminary programmes and the College of Continuing, Vocational Education and Training (CVET) that includes Certificate III and IV, Diploma (Level 5) and Professional Diploma (Level 6) programmes.” Ms Sela further elaborated that each College is led by a Head of College, and has Course and Programme coordinators who are responsible for the programmes.  They create programmes, revise and update courses, prepare assessments, prepare the final exam, collate results and final grades and submit the grades for scrutiny and approval at the end of the semester. 
Orientation Week officially ends tomorrow.

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