Orientation- Students during the Opening Ceremony
More than 300 new students were part of The University of the South Pacific (USP) Tonga Campus Semester 1 Orientation programme that was held at the Olokava Campus from 23– 24 February, 2021.
Tonga Campus Director, Dr Robin Siale Havea welcomed the new students and encouraged them to do their best.
He said the University was pleased with the increase in enrolment numbers for the Campus, one of the highest recorded numbers in the last five years.
“We look forward to assisting with your queries and we hope to provide you the best service so that you can have a wholesome experience whilst studying here.
You, as students also have a role to play and that is to be successful in your studies,” he added.
Dr Havea also thanked the parents for sending their children to USP for tertiary education, assuring them that they had made the right choice.
“USP is an internationally acclaimed institution and prepares students for lifelong success, and your children will surely benefit from what the University has to offer with regards to their academic studies,” he said.
The Orientation programme focussed on informing students about USP’s standards, processes on Campus and options for online mode of learning.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, USP has enhanced its online learning platforms to give students more options and ease when undertaking their studies.
Orientation- students during campus tour
Guest speaker, Ms Sulia Makasini, who has been a recent graduate of the USP Bachelor of Law programme, said she completed 80 per cent of her studies online and encouraged students to adapt to new ways of learning.
“Studying online has its challenges but students should adapt and they too can successfully complete their studies with good grades,” she said.
“COVID-19 has made online mode popular for tertiary studies and students can be successful, if they put more effort into their studies,” she added.
Campus based Student Learning Specialist (SLS) gave a presentation on Independent Learning to teach students about campus learning environments, pace and academic standards.
There were also presentations from other sections such as Student Administrative Services, Pacific TAFE, Library, Information Technology section, Estates & Infrastructures and Finance.
The Orientation program ended on the second day with a Campus tour, including the library and the science laboratory.
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