THE University of the South Pacific's Lautoka Campus plays a huge role in the economic and social growth of the Sugar City as more people sought to further upskill themselves.
Speaking at the USP open day last week, Lautoka City Council CEO Jone Nakauvadra said the campus played a significant part in developing individuals who would contribute to economic and social growth as more people undertook studies at the Western Division centre.
"USP's role in shaping the economic and social landscape for Lautoka City will be very critical in terms of human resource development," Mr Nakauvadra said.
"The people of Lautoka and indeed the whole of the Western Division will be looking toward the university in this regard as development and economic progress is often measured against the level of education of its citizens."
Mr Nakauvadra said Lautoka had a population of about 100,000 people and having a campus in Lautoka worked well for those interested in studies but could not afford to leave work or finance living costs in the Capital city.
USP Lautoka Campus director Dr Pramila Devi said the open day was held over two consecutive days and extended hours to cater for workers who had expressed interest in furthering their education.
About 4500 people attended the two-day event.