ABOUT 30 people in the Western Division have enrolled in a Chinese language course.
Launched on April 8, the USP is the first tertiary institution in the region to offer education in the Asian language.
Lautoka Campus director Dr Pramila Devi said the new language course was established after the university's West campus received numerous requests from the public.
Facilitated by the Confucius Institute at the USP, the first batch of students includes members of the local Chinese community, lawyers and individuals from the business sector.
"Lautoka Campus appreciates this move and is proud to be the first regional campus to offer Chinese language courses," said Dr Devi.
"We are very excited about the Chinese language offering in Lautoka and the fact that a member of our staff has also enrolled."
USP Confucius Institute director Professor Denggui Li said apart from increasing trade opportunities, the language education program would also foster better relations between China and Fiji
"I hope it will be as successful here as it is in the Laucala Campus," he said.
"This course could present opportunities to successful students, upon recommendation by the institute, to travel to China on scholarship for further training."