The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Kiribati Campus Open Day attended by Year 12 and Year 13 students witnessed an encouraging turnout.
Campus Director, Dr Takuia Uakeia said the huge turnout was a first for the Campus.
“This year was the first time we received an increased number of students of about 1,600 by headcounts. This was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which prevented students from being in the Laucala Campus,” he said.
He emphasised the important role of the campus in facilitating and supporting students’ learning despite the many challenges faced.
Minister of Education, Honourable Alexander Teabo congratulated USP for its ranking amongst the top 10% of Universities in the World in the Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings.
“Such an acclaimed award is a testament that USP is a top University in our Pacific Islands region that continues to offer quality education to our people,” the Honourable Minister said.
“We are so proud of the work of our past and current leaders, academics, students and development partners for their contribution that enabled the University to achieve such a shining and outstanding award,” he said.
The highlights of the afternoon session were speeches from school representatives of the University, the career expo and alumni addresses.
The students were also entertained by the local dance items by the USP Students’ Association (USPSA), talent shows, and touring of promotional booths.
Head-Boy from the Santa Maria High School, Tiim Tiim said, “We really enjoyed the Open Day, and we now have a better idea of what we would like to study when we join Kiribati or Laucala Campus next year”.