More than 300 students attended The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus Open Day in Vaiaku Maneapa, Funafuti.
Student Learning Specialist, Mr Isikeli Naqaga, said Tuvalu was fortunate to be COVID-free, allowing for a face-to-face event.
He noted that the USP Tuvalu Campus Open Day was a significant event on the University’s calendar.
“The major goal of this event is to provide our Tuvalu communities the opportunity to learn more about USP, courses and programmes we offer and meet the faculty and students.” Mr Naqaga continued.
“It’s an opportunity to learn about the six different schools and its offerings.”
He added it was also an opportune time to meet representatives from USP’s Student Association (USPSA), current students, and alumni who can share their experiences and answer questions.
“USP is very fortunate to have the support of the people and the Government of Tuvalu. May this partnership grow strong and become the beacon of light and truth,” Mr Naqaga said.
“To our kids, seize this chance to invest in your future and make us proud of your accomplishments. As a team, let’s pledge to provide the most outstanding service to our students.”
Deputy Secretary for Education and Chief Guest, Dr Taniela Kepa emphasised the importance of education for Tuvaluans.
“At our institution, we have mentors, tutors, and educators who can provide us with the assistance we require. You must use them to succeed in your studies,” he advised.
“Education is the key that will open the doors of prosperity for us. Education is the only thing that can bring many men and women closer together.”
He encouraged young men and women to concentrate on their education.
“Education will provide you with the integrity to become Tuvalu’s ‘Kings’ in the future,” Dr Kepa concluded.
The presence of students from Seventh-Day Adventist Primary School, Na Uti Primary School, and Fetuvalu High School, in addition to USP students, alumni, and the greater Tuvalu community, was encouraging.
Throughout the day, students from the USP Tuvalu Campus performed cultural performances and entertainment. The students performed in their individual USPSA organised island community groups. Fetuvalu High School students also performed a couple of numbers.