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Tonga Campus hold Retreat to Prepare for new Academic Year

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Staff of USP Tonga Campus after their two-day retreat in January to share knowledge, plan, reflect on past practices and to inspire each other in preparation for the start of the University academic year on 1 March.

Staff of USP Tonga Campus held a two-day retreat in January to share knowledge, plan, reflect on past practices and to inspire each other in preparation for the start of the University academic year on 1 March.

“Olokava Fungani” was the theme for the retreat, symbolic to the aspirations that the Campus staff had set out to achieve this year, in “giving their very best all the time”.

English for Academic Purpose Assistant Lecturer at the Tonga Campus, Ms ‘Ana Heti Veikune, explained the meaning of the theme.

Fungani is the best and most beautiful or valuable item or the most fragrant and eye-catching of flowers,” she said. “It is usually placed as a top layer of a gift presentation or a fragrant garland kakala.” 

“What one places on the top of a presentation of cultural artifacts, or on a fragrant garland tells its own story and places significance on the wearer and occasion”, she added. 

Olokava is the name of Tonga Campus.  Therefore, Olokava Fungani is simply giving your best.

The staff of USP Tonga Campus therefore aspire to give and provide this year, the best.  Putting one’s best foot forward and presenting the best in everything.

The participants agreed to continue with the Campus’ Vision and Mission Statement which is Quality and Sustainable Education Provider (Ko e Ako’anga fungani mo tu’uloa ma’a Tonga) and to create an independent environment for USP Tonga Campus (Ke namoa ha ‘atakai ako ‘oku tau’ataina ma’ae tamasi’i mo e ta’ahine ako kotoa pe).

USP Tonga Campus Director, Dr Robin Havea, described the retreat as a favourable event for staff to meet and discuss their role in elating the standard of service provided by the Campus.

He added that the “staff had an important role to play and that the Campus’ success depended on the ability of its staff to work together and do their best in all the tasks that the University has entrusted them to do.”

"The retreat was organised so staff from all sections could come together to reflect and to discuss ideas to assist them in their strive to serve students coming to study at the USP Tonga Campus," he said.

“I think this purpose was achieved in the two-day retreat”.

Part of the program was a session in which staff were divided into their various sections and asked to reflect on their own practices and services provided in the last year and to discuss issues and situations faced and how it could be dealt with effectively.

This gave an opportunity to all sections to look at their own practices critically, strategise and improve in the coming year to bring forth the best in their services to echo the theme of Olokava Fungani.

Ms. Ane Veikune from the Finance Section said, “I really enjoyed the first day when we did the activity on Reflection, where we had to identify a situation encountered at work that could have been dealt with more effectively”.

Ms. Ana Feiloaki from the SAS section was in agreement, stating “I really liked our reflection session where everyone was sharing ideas on how to improve their own sections in the future.”

Staff were given refresher presentations from the USP Human Resources, Student Administrative Services, Finance, Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific-TAFE), E & I, Marketing & Communications including each department’s Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for the year.


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