Chancellor confers degrees on over 1,000 graduands
Samoa's Head of State and The University of the South Pacific (USP) Chancellor conferred certificates, diplomas, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees on over 1,100 graduands at the Laucala Campus this week.
His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II flew to Fiji for the graduation this week which was arranged in three sessions spread over two days, stated a press release issued by the Government Press Secretariat on Thursday night.
Graduands came from the university’s various Schools of Agriculture, Geography, Oceans and Natural Resources, Business Management, Information Technology, Engineering, Technical and Further Education, Environment and Sustainable Development, Law and Social Science, Accounting and Finance, and Pacific Arts, Communication and Education. Out of the total number of graduands, 64 per cent were females.
The Head of State was joined by Masiofo, Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano, Samoa’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia as well as the CEO of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo, Aide-de-Camp, Superintendent Le Mamea Norman Tuafale, and Samoan Students Counsellor Taito Louis Ofele.
The USP Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia presented his report on the University virtually. In his report, the VC acknowledged the hard working graduands who had to endure the unprecedented challenges of studying in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, unwavering support of parents and guardians, dedicated management staff, and Heads of Schools and staff of the University, in helping the students accomplished their academic aspirations.
The graduands were from 17 member countries and eight non-member countries which is an indication of how the University has continued to promote cultural diversity and partnerships.
Mamalu and Masiofo were received by the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellors and Senior Management Staff earlier in the week at Laucala Campus. After a brief meeting, they were taken on a tour of the University’s library, ICT Centre and the Oceania Centre and Art Gallery.
Mamalu also paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Williame Maivalili Katonivere. The two leaders reflected on the importance of education to the Pacific, and the continued relevance of strong cultural ties to the Pacific family.
The Head of State and Masiofo had the opportunity to meet with Samoan students attending the USP and the Fiji National University (FNU) School of Medicine. A total of 61 Samoan students are currently pursuing various degrees at USP and FNU.
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