TWENTY five students graduated with professional diploma in business leadership from the University of the South Pacific's Labasa Campus on Friday.
The students, mainly civil servants, pioneered the six-month program at the campus.
In his official address, permanent secretary for Ministry of Youth and Sports, Joseva Sania said the event was a time to celebrate the achievements of the graduates who were now equipped with specific skills and updated knowledge in cutting-edge management skills.
"These graduates will be in a better position to assist in the transformation of operational management in their various organisations," he said.
"The program is now formally part of the Public Service Commission's qualification framework and requirements for those at senior management and leadership positions.
He said qualification, together with the right attitude, would help enable the graduates to mediate changes within their workplaces.
"A certificate is just a piece of paper and it needs good attitude, basic human skills, dedication and commitment."