Eleven students studying under the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Foundation Programme) at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.)Alafua celebrated sweet success yesterday.
They were honoured during an award ceremony where Rev. LetupuMatautia of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Papauta conducted a prayer service.
The award winners were congratulated by the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies Pacific Outreach Coordinator, Seiuli Alan AloVaai.
“Today we will witness the 11 graduates hard work and endless nights but as we commemorate this milestone in their lives we wish them all the best in their endeavors for they have a great future ahead,” he said.
Some highlights of the Pacific T.A.F.E. Foundation Award Ceremony included:
• Tasman Henry Lene Milo who was awarded the 2016 U.S.P. Foundation’s most outstanding student in Politics in the Pacific region
• GataiolefanuafouTonumaipeaas the first student to complete a full Foundation Programme at the U.S.P. Savaii Centre.
• PuasinaSiaosi Luna who has received agovernment scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Agriculture at the U.S.P.Alafua Campus
Seiulialso acknowledged the support of the Rotary Club of Apia.
“Tasman, Gataiolefanuafou and Puasina were awarded Rotary Club Apia Foundation Sponsorship to complete their studies,” said Seiuli.
“In addition to these sponsorships, Rotary Club Riccarton & Ashburton through Rotary Club Apia donated 12 laptops to the Pacific T.A.F.E.Alafua Campus to assist more Foundation students complete their studies on 2017."
“Rotary Apia has committed to continue their financial support to assist more foundation students complete their studies in 2017."
The Pacific Technical and Further Foundation (Pacific T.A.F.E.) is a strategically amalgamated and integrated learning and teaching section which offered high quality skills based qualifications and the U.S.P.Savai’i Centre, Salelologa.
The Preliminary and Foundation pre-degree programme provides progressive pathways to higher programme at U.S.P. or most International Higher Education Providers.
Students who have not performed well in their Yr. 12 & 13 examinations can take the Preliminary courses with the aim of moving onto the Foundation Programme.
The programme also prepares mature entrants who have been out of school system for a number of years and do not have the basic entry requirements to pursue tertiary studies.