Mr Ruveni Gacala, a representative from the University’s Student Administrative Services with some prospective students during the enrolment drive.Photo SUPPLIED
With only twenty-four (24) days remaining for The University of the South Pacific (USP) to begin classes, the University’s 2018 admissions have increased by seventeen per cent (17%) compared to last year.
A total of 7,517 prospective students have so far applied for admissions compared to 6,427 students last year.
This increase is reflected in all academic sections of the University, including, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE), the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) and Pacific Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD).
For FALE, new applications have gone up by twenty-one per cent (21%); FBE has an increase of eight per cent (8%); FSTE applications have stepped up by twenty-three per cent (23%), while Pacific TAFE applications have strengthened by twenty-six per cent (26%) compared to last year and PaCE-SD received twenty-one (21) new applications compared to nineteen (19) last year.
“The significant increase in admissions this year is a reflection of the increased reputation of the University, USP’s outstanding facilities and student experience, and excellent employability of our graduates,” said the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra.
Professor Chandra also said that admissions are similarly strong at regional campuses, where the University is offering increasing numbers of in-country programmes.
Professor Chandra further said that the twenty-six percent (26%) increase in admissions in Pacific TAFE reflects its remarkable progress in getting international accreditations of its programmes, its strong links with industry, and the strong employability of its graduates.
According to Professor Chandra, these statistics are provisional as the final situation will only become clear after registration—but the indications are that 2018 will see a higher increase in enrolment than last year’s increase.
The University will continue to enroll new students until 19 January and existing students until 26 January 2018.