The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus has reached a milestone this year having registered 1,023 new students. The total number of students to study at the campus in 2021 is 1,671. This is an increase of 91 percent compared to the same period in 2020.
According to the Student Administrative Support Services (SASS) the increase could be attributed to the Vanuatu National Provident Fund’s (VNPF) financial assistance through the Member’s Education Support Scheme (MESS) and the fact that many of these students will not be travelling to Laucala Campus in Fiji or Alafua Campus in Samoa for studies this Semester 1 2021.
The number includes students studying in other four USP centres in the Provinces (Torba, Sanma, Malampa and Tafea). The Emalus Campus Acting Director Mr Ruben Bakeo Markward revealed the increase in his address during the Student Orientation day held Thursday February 25, 2021.
Mr Markward welcomed the students: “On behalf of the USP and especially Emalus Campus I say welcome and congratulations to our new students on your acceptance to study at USP. We thank you for choosing USP. We are excited to welcome you into the Emalus learning community in 2021.
“As new student at USP, you are bound to have questions. This orientation is designed around your needs, helping you find answers to the questions you have.
“By the time you leave orientation, you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful university student,” he said.
He further stated that the orientation was to provide the students information about the campus resources, programs and services that are available.
Following the Campus Director’s address representatives from different schools, departments and sections within the USP took turns to address the students. They provided information on their organization’s operations as well as the services that they provide.
The organizations represented in orientation program included the Student Administrative Support Service (SASS), Finance Office, IT Office and Campus Life.
Mr Markward has three messages for the students (1) it doesn’t matter what your passion is, as long as you follow it, (2) don’t be afraid to try new things, to branch out in different directions. Flexibility and adaptability are fantastic qualities; and (3) have confidence in you own abilities. Not arrogance or over-confidence, but a clear sense of belief in your own strengths. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do something. With drive, determination and hard work, you can excel.