USP International Office hosted Orientation Week from 3 – 8 July for International students joining USP in semester 2, 2017. A total of 74 new students have registered to study at USP this semester. During the week a series of events were conducted to welcome, inform and orient the new students. Staff, interns and volunteers of International office played their respective roles to run sessions on academic, visa and immigration, support services, security and USP International Students Association to ensure the new students were well informed.
‘The orientation week for the International office is a highlight each semester, as we are excited to meet new students. We meet students from different walks of life and see the world through their eyes, here we show them why the Pacific Culture is so Unique and that they made the best choice studying with us’, Lillian Fuata, Manager International Office.
The information session was followed by a guided campus tour and a traditional Fijian lunch. The afternoon was spent with new students getting a guided City tour by student volunteers. Later that evening the new students were hosted to a welcome reception held at the USP Oceania Center. The evening was also attended by the Acting Vice Chancellor of USP, Professor Derrick Armstrong, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Learning and Teaching Services, Professor Richard Coll and members of the Diplomatic Corp –Mr. Seong-in Kim, Ambassador to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Ms. Judith Beth Cefkin, Ambassador to the United States of America and Mr. Gu Yu, Counsellor to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Professor Armstrong in his address highlighted that we have 21 nationalities this semester – including Australia, NZ, Guam, USA, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, China and Korea and we also have 4 students from Australia who are studying at USP on the The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program. The rest of the week was spent doing registrations and assisting the new students with logistics (getting ID cards printed, approving courses and finalising accommodation). The Orientation week programme concluded with a village tour and a picnic. During the Village tour the students experience the cultural kava ceremony, a Fijian breakfast, Sigi-drigi (singing and dancing), mingling with the locals and sharing of Fijian facts and myths. The group enjoyed a beach picnic in Pacific Harbour where they had team building activities and a BBQ lunch.