University enrolment fair nets early results

The University of the South Pacific Samoa Campus has opened a three-day enrollment fair for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The 17 to 19 February fair will assist those seeking information about studying at the university and offer them advice on which programmes best fit their educational background or professional goals. 

A U.S.P. Samoa Campus Associate Professor in Animal Science, Siaka Diarra, told the Samoa Observer the fair will enlighten students on the different learning pathways available to them. 

He said some students have had problems completing their study programmes due to poor advice at the start of their academic journey, so the U.S.P. Samoa Campus decided to host an enrollment fair to provide advice from the outset. 

"This is not just for agriculture students, this is for students of all programmes offered by the university," Prof. Diarra said.

"They are all offered at the university in Samoa so you can now study any programme available in university from Samoa without going to any of the countries so we offer such services from our students in agriculture as well as in all other programmes."

The programme at the campus will run for three days and Prof. Diarra says feedback from the first day of the enrolment fair on Wednesday showed a good number of applications being processed. 

He revealed that, as of this week, the U.S.P. has already exceeded last year's enrollment figures by 30 per cent.

Nettie Bong –  a second-year student currently studying agriculture at the campus – said since enrolling at the university the campus has begun to feel like home and she has got to know other students and their cultures.

Telecommunications company Vodafone Samoa has the naming rights for the university’s 2021 enrolment fair and orientation programme at its main campus and the Savai’i Centre.

It will provide U.S.P. Samoa Campus with products and services valued at $14,550 and $3000 cash assistance. The partnership will also give incoming students a chance to win prizes from Vodafone.  

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