USP ‘Out­reach Com­mons’ in Davuilevu, Walu Bay

Fiji Sun - - NATION - WATI TALEBULA Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: wati.talebula@fi­jisun.com.fj Ronald Ku­mar

Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific stu­dents no longer have to travel to the main cam­pus in Lau­cala Bay to ac­cess the com­puter lab. Thanks to the open­ing of the univer­sity’s out­reach com­mons in Walu Bay and the Hexagon Build­ing in Davuilevu, stu­dents can now ac­cess on­line ser­vices from there.

These two lo­ca­tions were opened on

Wed­nes­day.

USP Vice-Chan­cel­lor and Pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Pal Ah­luwalia said there was a need for this.

“We thought that it would be good to start small, to cre­ate a com­mons where they (USP stu­dents) can come rather than go­ing all the way to the main cam­pus,” he said. “The idea is to re­lieve some of the pres­sure for our labs in Lau­cala Bay and to give more op­por­tu­nity to stu­dents to be here. “Many of our stu­dents live in these cor­ri­dors and this would be a re­lief to them, es­pe­cially when it comes to trans­porta­tion cost.

“We cur­rently have re­stric­tions and we are mak­ing sure that we have so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Stu­dent, Zac, Katai­tini, ap­plauded the univer­sity for com­ing up with the idea. “Be­fore, I had to get on two bus be­fore I reached the main cam­pus. Now, I can save money and time be­cause what I can ac­cess at the main cam­pus, I can do it right here.” The out­reach com­mons’ open­ing hours are 8am to 8pm from Mon­day to Fri­day, and from 9am to 6pm in the week­ends.

Photo:

Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Vice-Chan­cel­lor and pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Pal Ah­luwalia (stand­ing third from left) with stu­dents dur­ing the open­ing of the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Out­reach Com­mons at Hexagon Build­ing in Davuilevu, Nau­sori on Au­gust 5, 2020.

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