USP Lautoka Campus orientation session


Day one of The University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus’ first-semester orientation session started on a very positive note last week, Monday, February 26.

A jam-packed lecture room saw students from throughout the western division as well as a sizeable number of students from the prominent schools in the southern division like Suva Grammar, Marist Brothers High School, Ratu Kadavulevu High, Adi Cakobau School and Tailevu North College were present to become student members of the USP Lautoka family.

Whilst welcoming the first-year students, the USP Lautoka Campus Director, Dr Pramila Devi, urged them to do their best to start the new chapter of their educational journey on the right path.

She congratulated them for gaining entry to study at the region’s premier tertiary education provider and emphasised that the orientation session is crucial in adapting to a new learning environment.

“This orientation session will assist you immensely in settling well with your studies at the university. The learning environment at the university is much different than what students had experienced at the high schools where you had teachers regularly monitoring you and guiding you with your studies.”

“At university, things are different as students must take charge and be responsible for their learning. Students will be expected to find out their learning schedules, attend classes on time, prepare classes, attend tutorials, do their readings, complete assignments and submit them on time.”

“No one will be monitoring you students daily, and it’s your responsibility to complete all your given tasks on time,” the Lautoka Campus Director added.

Dr Devi also reminded the students that time management is crucial to succeeding in their tertiary-level studies.

She stressed that those who manage their time could easily handle their personal and professional life, urging students to set their goals and work towards them with proper monitoring and focus.

Those who attended the orientation sessions were made aware of the various modes of learning at the university, and proper training was provided on using the Moodle platform.

They were also thoroughly briefed on other services available at the university, including the Student Administrative Services and the Student Learning Support system.

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