996 students graduate
Atotal of 996 students from 23 different nationalities received certificate, diplomas and degrees from the University of the South Pacific (USP) yesterday. USP Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra said 64 per cent of graduates were females which was a nine per cent increase from last year’s figures. He said USP had achieved 16 accreditation within the last six months. He said they included Bachelor of Engineering, Pacific TAFE’s, Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification and Certificate III in Community Development.
He said the accreditation of the university’s programmes gave students confidence that they were internationally recognised. “This helps make our graduates highly employable ensuring high returns on the investments made in their education,” he said. Mr Chandra revealed that USP and the government of Solomon Islands signed US$15.4million (FJ$31.56m) loan for the construction of the Solomon Islands campus. He said plans were also in place to convert the Mar Long Island Hotel in the Republic of Marshall Island into a new campus which costs US$1.6 m (F$3.27m).
The campus is expected to be completed by 2018. Edited by Maraia Vula