A Vanuatu student studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) was awarded a gold medal during the graduation ceremony in Suva, last week.

Nelson Kalo from Lupalea Village in Tongoa topped all students around the region as the most outstanding student in Geography in his class.

Speaking to Daily Post in Suva, the proud young Ni-Vanuatu student says his goal is to pass with a high grade but to achieve such an outstanding award was a surprise for him.

“I never believed I would win such an award.

“I’ve always aimed to pass with higher grades but this award is really a surprise and I know it is a reward for my dedication and commitment to studies,” he said.

Speaking from his experience Kalo says any student can achieve similar grade and award if they utilize and manager their resources, including time, well.

He said Geography has always been his subject of interest and this was the motivation which drove him in his studies and finally earned him the prize.

Kalo is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at USP sponsored by the Vanuatu Government. His plan is to finish by the end of this year and to return to Vanuatu and find a job to help sustain his family.

“I would like to dedicate this award to my late father who passed away few years ago, to my mum and other siblings, the Vanuatu government, Scholarship Unit and most importantly I would like to thank the Almighty God above for his plans and purpose in my life,” the Vanuatu student concluded.

Minister of Finance, Gaetan Pikoune, congratulated the student for the award and said the Vanuatu Government is proud as the sponsor behind the success.

A total of 1,680 students graduated at the Vodafone Arena, Suva, last week, the highest number ever recorded in the history of the University.

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