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The place to be

Friday, November 30, 2012

THE University of the South Pacific is an exciting place to be in the next year. USP students have access to state-of-the-art ICT facilities, benefit from high-quality, innovative teaching and the opportunity to interact with classmates from around the region and from overseas.

With 14 campuses in 12 countries, USP is accessible and convenient. Three campuses in Fiji—in Lautoka, Labasa and the main Laucala Campus in Suva offer Fiji-based students a wide variety of courses within their home country.

USP has been in existence for over four decades and has many alumni who are prominent decision makers around the region and beyond. The 'USP Community' of teachers, alumni, and current students has much to offer prospective students, and is committed to the education of future leaders in the Pacific. A USP education continues to be recognized as a passport to meaningful and lucrative employment, and still offers students regional exposure and opportunities that they cannot get elsewhere.

USP is also known for its high quality standards. The academic offerings of the university are rigorously monitored and constantly revamped so as to remain relevant and responsive to the region's needs. USP obtained accreditation from CPA Australia for the Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting programme in 2010, and the Tourism and Hospitality Programme was also accredited. These accreditations demonstrate that the quality of the university's programmes is comparable to that of programmes offered overseas, and USP offers much better value for money.

USP hosts by far the largest number of Pacific Island students of any university. This regional composition of staff and students, augmented by colleagues and students from outside the Pacific region, gives the university a healthy diversity of nationalities, religions, cultures, ethnic groups and languages. This diversity enriches the educational experience at USP and contributes towards lifelong friendships and connections within the region and internationally.

USP is student—centered. Students are among the most important stakeholders of the university and USP works closely with them to move the university forward. Students are represented on most of the important bodies of the university. This gives students the opportunity to have their voices heard and to discuss issues, especially those relating to improvements to the student environment, and student welfare and support services.

An important aspect of student welfare is the provision of comfortable and affordable on—campus accommodation. The University's Laucala (Suva) Campus has Halls of Residence which are safe, secure, and conveniently located. The Halls have 24—hour security provided by the University, and wireless internet access in the Halls of Residence enables students to complete assignments and communicate with family and friends from the comfort of their rooms.

In order to smooth the sometimes difficult transition from high school and home to university and campus life, the Halls separate first year students from returning students. In the first year, special programmes and support services are provided. The Halls of Residence also organise a variety of events and activities designed to build students' talent and leadership skills. Staff are committed to working with students to make their stay at USP enjoyable through involvement in extra—curricular activities. Events such as Pacific Market Days and sports competitions help ensure that students have exciting and healthy recreational options on the weekends.

While Halls of Residence and Campus Life organise a range of recreational activities for students, the Student Learning Support at USP offers a range of services to support academic achievements. Their professional assistance, through online resources, seminars, workshops and interactive activities equip students with essential tools for success and develops them into independent and active learners.

USP remains committed to quality, relevance and sustainability. It provides world-class education to Pacific people, it carries out relevant research for Pacific people, and it works to embed knowledge within Pacific people that will sustain the region for the foreseeable future.

With high-quality courses, a solid reputation with employers, many regional and international links and partnerships, beautiful campuses with exciting extra-curricular activities, and a comprehensive range of support services designed to ensure student success, USP is a first choice university.

USP also offers courses and programmes via online or DFL mode. At USP there are options to suit your circumstances and preferences of study. So why go anywhere else? USP is the place to be!

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