The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) held its inaugural executive management team (EMT) meeting, after the amalgamation of Preliminary, Foundation and Skills Programmes under Pacific Technical and Further Education of Pacific TAFE on 9 February 2017 at the Pacific TAFE boardroom.
The EMT comprises of the Director as Chair, all Heads of the 3 Colleges and all Managers, and is a forum where Strategic issues are deliberated and endorsed for further approval from the Board. Members of Pacific TAFE’s EMT met to discuss and deliberate on reports and approve requests for business improvement.
Since Pacific TAFE will be administered by a Board consisting of academic and industry representatives, the Board Logistic Consultant, Mr Mesake Nawari, presented on the Board logistics, its composition, sub committees and most importantly the Board reporting template. The Board will meet on a quarterly basis to provide strategic guidance.
Pacific TAFE Director, Mr Hasmukh Lal noted key steps which were being undertaken by Pacific TAFE to ensure that they continued to deliver quality learning programmes.
Mr Lal also acknowledged the members for their commitment as the meeting lasted for more than six hours, and said that, “meeting hours itself denotes business magnitude of the new entity,” he said.
Members agreed that effective marketing would be essential to the continued success of Pacific TAFE and they planned to do this through the use of advertising campaigns and latest social media strategies.
A report by the Manager Quality and Accreditation highlighted that six (6) accreditations of 2016, and a further six (6) accreditations as the target for 2017. It revealed Pacific TAFE's continued excellence through external accreditations.
Report from the Manager Finance and Corporate Services noted the sound financial performance of Pacific TAFE in 2016, as well as the approved 2017 financial targets, highlighting the need to be entrepreneurial in order to be financially sustainable.
The report also focused on the target based model of Pacific TAFE. The Nadi Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Programmes is well on track to be commissioned by mid-April, which will include a training kitchen and a restaurant.
In addition, the logistics for renting space in the heart of Labasa town for the Labasa students is also currently being worked on.
The meeting noted reports by the respective College Heads, highlighting the admission and registration status for each College, and ended on a high note, with members noting the growth and recent developments at Pacific TAFE.