Welcome Message to New and Continuing Students of the University of the South Pacific in 2012
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President
1. Greetings and Welcome
Greetings to all of you.
Welcome to the University of the South Pacific! On behalf of the Council, Senate, my SMT colleagues, and the university community as a whole, I extend a very warm welcome to all new and returning students. The University recognizes that its existence depends on students knowing that it provides excellent quality in everything it does and that it puts students first in its operations.
Let me assure the new students that you have made the right choice by coming to USP as USP will provide you with the best internationally recognized and regionally relevant academic programmes, campus life experience and overall foundation for life-long success.
2. Making a Successful Transition from High School to University Studies
For the new students, being away from home is a major change. Campus Life and Faculties will make every attempt to assist you settle comfortably. Senior students from your countries and the USPSA will join Campus Life and Faculties to assist you in this transition.
You will also be more independent in your learning at USP than you were in high school. You will be treated as adults and you will make important choices that will have major consequences. Recognize that you are here with the aim of completing your studies while also enriching yourselves through inter-cultural friendships and activities, and developing other skills and values of integrity and high ethical standards, you will be successful. While the University will do everything it can to assist you, you will be the main person determining your success or failure.
3. Attend Classes, Use Facilities and Ask Questions
You will have difficulty succeeding if you do not attend lectures, tutorials and laboratories or do not undertake your research diligently. Please also make sure that you plan your time properly and hand in your assignments when they are due. Non-attendance of lectures has been a problem with our students, so please realize that your governments, sponsors and families are supporting you at USP to attend classes and succeed.
USP has excellent library, computing, sporting, cultural, and sporting facilities. Please use them fully. You will depend greatly on computers and the Internet, so use these fully and wisely. The Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture, and Pacific Studies is leading a major effort to promote art, culture and Pacific Studies. I encourage you to explore these cultural opportunities.
Please ask questions if you do not understand anything. Staff members are there to help you.
4. Valuing Diversity, Life-Long Friendships and Universal Values
What distinguishes USP from other tertiary institutions is its regional nature and the diversity of its students and staff. We should value this diversity, understand it, and use it for life-long success.
We are also working hard to ensure that USP campuses are clean, green and safe places for students and staff. Please contribute to this through your own commitment and actions. I would like to especially appeal to all students not to litter the campuses.
5. Students Studying through DFL
A significant proportion of our students study through DFL. I extend a warm welcome to all of you. We have improved our systems and facilities and are committed to giving you all a learning experience that is equal to that experienced by face to face students. Please take full advantage of campus facilities where you can.
6. Creating an Excellent Future
As we journey together through 2012, the University will be busy preparing the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan that will take USP to its 50th birthday celebration. The main theme of the new plan is transforming USP from being a good university to being an excellent university. Your input and suggestions are very welcome, so I hope that you will attend and contribute to the planned open forum consultations on the new Strategic Plan.
I am always impressed by the dedication and diligence of USP students, and am certain that your academic achievements, research activities, and involvement in productive extra-curricular activities will distinguish you as some of the best students USP has seen. It is important to remember that the University community is all committed to your success; be sure to ask for any support you need.
I wish you all the very best for 2012 and during your entire stay at USP.