THE USP has announced the appointment of Hasmukh Lal as the manager of the university's Regional Centre for Continuing and Community Education (RCCCE) based at the Statham Campus in Suva.
Mr Lal, who took up his position last December, will manage and lead all operations of RCCCE under Director Commercial Operations.
Mr Lal said his new role would help him to develop continuing and community education at USP, an area that he is passionate about. "I feel privileged to be given an opportunity to grow vocational and professional training at the regional level," he said.
"I will try my best to work with internal and external stakeholders to help the centre reach its full potential."
Highlighting the importance of continuing and community education, Mr Lal pointed out that continuous training was the way to curb complexities at workplaces.
He said that practical TVET training could offer a possible solution to the growing youth unemployment in the region.
Given RCCCE's capacity in the vocational area, Mr Lal said the centre had the potential to provide TVET training in the region using various modes of teaching and learning at USP.
His immediate plans are to set up proper governance structure of RCCCE. This involves working with the university's faculties to work out credit transfers for RCCCE programs and pathways into academic programs.
Mr Lal said his team is working to provide continuous improvement to the centre's programs to ensure that these are in compliance with the processes of international accreditation.