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Niuean Australian Awards Scholarship Recipients Encouraged to Continue Online Studies

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Australia's High Commissioner to Niue, Ms Susan Allan (2nd from right -front row),with staff from the Niuean Government Human Resource Development and Training Unit and USP and FNU Australia Awards Scholarship sponsored students.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Niuean Government representatives successfully concluded a meeting with the Australian Government representatives to discuss the status of its Australia Awards Scholarship sponsored students who are currently studying online from Niue.

There are currently five Niuean students studying at USP’s Laucala Campus in Fiji who are sponsored through the Australian Awards scholarship. Two new Award recipients are to begin their studies at the Laucala Campus in Semester 2, this year.

The five USP students had returned to Niue, in Semester 1, 2020 following the COVID -19 outbreak. The students have not been able to return to Laucala Campus since then. 

With the latest COVID-19 development in Fiji, the Australian High Commissioner to Niue, Ms Susan Allen discussed various options with the students, including when it would be safe for the students to return to Laucala Campus. The students were also encouraged to continue their studies online from Niue Campus

The students were also informed that they will continue to receive their allowances whilst studying online from Niue Campus provided they are enrolled in at least two or more courses. The Australian Government has also agreed to cover local tutorial costs for the students if needed.

USP’s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Jito Vanualailai said the University is aware of regional students who are unable to travel to Laucala due to the COVID 19 travel restrictions and have ensured that these students can access their study materials and continue their classes online without any hindrance.

The University has various online study resources to help students cope and he requests any regional student facing any issues to discuss with their respective curse coordinators or Campus Directors on the ground.

Professor Vanualailai thanked the Australian and Niuean Government representatives for their discussions and for assuring the Niuean students.


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