The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Solomon Islands Campus celebrated over 200 students who graduated with certificates, diplomas, degrees, postgraduate and master’s degrees last week.
Speaking at the event, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia highlighted that a total of 243 students from the Solomon Island Campus completed the requirements for their respective programmes.
Professor Ahluwalia added, “Of those graduating, 55 per cent are women. 22 students are from our Pacific TAFE programmes and 179 or 74 per cent are awarded from our Undergraduate programmes.”
“I am also extremely pleased to announce that we are awarding 40 Postgraduate Certificates of which nineteen have completed their Master’s.”
The USP Vice-Chancellor also announced that a proper USP Campus was currently being constructed in Honiara.
He said, “I am also very pleased that I have been able to witness first-hand a dream of all Solomon Islanders come to fruition, that we have a proper campus in Honiara. I am pleased to say the campus is nearing completion, we hope that it will be finished sometime next year. It is also the campus that we have designated to host our Public Health and Health initiatives.”
Professor Ahluwalia also touched on some of USP’s accomplishments.
“USP has achieved global rankings in the highly prestigious Times Higher Education (THE). This year we were ranked again making it twice in a row for the University validating the excellence of USP and the resilience of our people,” he stressed.
The Vice-Chancellor encouraged the graduates and said, “May your experiences with USP serve as a guide as you work to realise your potential and fulfil your mission for the benefit of your local communities, national economies, and the Pacific region.”