996 stu­dents grad­u­ate

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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

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