Students recognised for outstanding performance in Semester Zero programme


Thirty-four first-year students were recognised for their outstanding performance in the Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) Semester Zero programme after receiving their offer letter from The University of the South Pacific (USP) earlier this year.

This year’s Semester Zero programme witnessed an impressive engagement from a diverse group of 2,900 active participants across the Pacific.

The CFL team at USP said that out of a staggering 2,900 active participants, 1,222 students engaged in all course activities and excelled in their commitment to academic excellence.

CFL Director Dr Rajni Chand thanked the thousands of students who participated in the programme and acknowledged the dedication and commitment of those who successfully completed Semester Zero with excellent results.

“This programme was born during the COVID-19 lockdown to help students familiarise themselves with how the university operates and how to go about their studies when there was little to no movement or face-to-face interaction.”

“The content provided in the Semester Zero programme is the first step into your university study. It also familiarises students with the support services available at USP like the Student Learning Support (SLS).”

Highlighting the commitment to academic excellence, 23 students emerged as frontrunners, achieving more than 80% in their overall course scores.

Eliza Sami, who scored the highest grade and was the first to complete the Semester Zero programme, was awarded a tablet at the Laucala Campus in Suva yesterday.

The Software Engineering student said, “I was excited when I was informed that I am one of the award recipients, but I didn’t know that I would receive the main award, a tablet, that will help me a lot with my study.”

“Semester Zero was helpful. It taught me how to use Moodle, navigate my way around university websites, and most of all prepared me to start my study at USP on a high note.”

The stellar performance of the Semester Zero participating students sets a high standard for their peers and exemplifies the dedication to learning that the University fosters.

USP would also like to encourage all new and existing students to take advantage of the SLS services, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), library resources and other services available to help them excel academically.

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