Turning dreams into reality at USP Pacific TAFE
SUVA, Fiji – September 27, 2018: 3.30pm (USP MEDIA): “We all have dreams and aspirations of being someone we are currently not and USP’s Pacific TAFE is the way to go if you want your dreams to become reality”.
This was the sentiment expressed by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) graduate, Jasveer Singh during USP Laucala Campus graduation on 20 September 2018.
A Finance Officer by profession, Jasveer graduated with a Professional Diploma in Business Management from USP’s Pacific TAFE.
“My overall experience with USP Pacific TAFE was very good,” he said. “Coming back to school after a break of ten years I was able to adapt well given the experience of the lecturers, administrative staff and the way the programmes were carried out.”
Another delighted graduate, Nizarat Naushad, who also graduated with his Professional Diploma in Business Management from Pacific TAFE, highlighted he was able to complete his programme through the support provided by Pacific TAFE lecturers.
“As working students, at times we need extra support, and understanding from our lecturers and I must say that the teaching staff at USP’s Pacific TAFE excel in this area,” Nizarat said.
He added that he is glad that he chose to pursue his Diploma through Pacific TAFE because of the quality of the programmes and its relevance in the workforce.
“I believe the programmes offered by Pacific TAFE is very relevant to the needs of employers in the workforce and I applaud the University for making the extra effort in getting almost all of its programmes internationally accredited and recognised,” he said.
Meanwhile, an elated Shaleshni Singh who graduated with Diploma of Office Management (level 5), said USP Pacific TAFE provided an excellent environment and opportunity for individuals to further enhance their competencies.
“At Pacific TAFE age does not matter,” she said. “I have been working as a Bursar at a prominent college and had been thinking of pursuing further studies for a very long time.” “Being a mother it is always hard to juggle between family, work and studies however USP Pacific TAFE provides you with a very flexible environment to balance between work and studies.”
Another graduate, Ateca Narogo, who is an employee at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, graduated with internationally accredited Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations from USP’s Pacific TAFE.
She encourages youths to enroll in various internationally accredited programmes offered at USP Pacific TAFE.
“These days we see a lot of vulnerable youths not pursuing tertiary studies,” she said. “Many have not been able to complete their formal education due to ranging issues such as poverty, family instability and dysfunction, unstable school environment, poor community resources and adverse childhood experience.”
Pacific TAFE provides avenues and pathways for many to get a second chance at education – basically a second chance to life, she said.
“Many a times we see our youths left in isolation causing them to opt out,” Ateca said. “These youths are then prone to addiction, violence, substance abuse and many more needless activities. Our youths have a lot of potential and talents and with a bit of guidance just as I received at USP Pacific TAFE, I am sure they can find a second meaning to life and also provide for their families.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, USP Pacific TAFE, Hasmukh Lal congratulated the 379 graduates from USP Pacific TAFE and wished them the best in their future endeavors.
“At USP Pacific TAFE we promote inclusivity and accessibility to all our students,” he said. “We have a very flexible learning environment that provides avenues to meet student’s current needs and wants. We have an integrated learning approach that provides high quality learning support, resource materials and environment to all our students.”
He further said there is a high demand amongst regional labour market for Pacific TAFE graduates at entry and para-professional levels as most of the programmes are internationally and locally accredited.
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