Last year Tereora college students Zhera Vunibaka (left) Josifini Wong and Shalom Moetaua are keen to continue with further education next year. 22102007
Tereora College final year students Shalom Vunibaka, Josifini Wong and Zhera Moetaua were among those who attended the University of the South Pacific (USP) open day at its Cook Islands campus in Takamoa, Avarua yesterday.
“Our teacher Mrs
Barrett encouraged us to come here after school to listen to what USP has to
offer, studying from here and not having to move overseas sounds good too,” said
All three students
would like to continue further education next year and were excited to see and
listen to what USP has to offer.
university opened its doors to students from the Pacific Islands in 1968 at its
main campus in Laucala bay, Suva, Fiji. It offers students the opportunity to
pursue post-secondary education within the region.
Since then over
800 Cook Islands students have graduated from USP, including 114 students who
celebrated their academic achievements with a graduation ceremony at the
National Auditorium last year.
USP Cook Islands
campus director, Dr Debi Futter-Puati, who opened the open day event, expressed
the benefits of studying from home.
“For NCEA students,
USP can pre-approve your study for next year – subject to your NCEA results
coming out – so if you are still at school, USP can pre-approve your study and
enroll you now so that you are ready for next year,” noted Futter-Puati.
And if a student
does not have enough level 2 or 3 credits, they can undertake a preliminary
business, arts and science course (same as level 2) or a foundation course in
business, arts and science.
qualifications give you entry into university with USP or at New Zealand universities.”
Members of the
Cook Islands USP Students Association including president Stephanie Vaiimene
and colleagues shared their experiences of studying from home.
University of the
South Pacific Students Association (USPSA) president and Cook Islander Mani
Mate delivered a presentation on the student body organisation.
“The vision of
USPSA is achieving the best experience possible for students as they navigate
through university,” said Mate.
With a membership
of over 30,000 across 14 campuses (including international student member), the
USPSA is supported by 12 Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Fiji,
Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau,
Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
USP offers courses
in finance, economics, accounting, marine science, the arts, history, Cook
Islands Māori language, education, geography, Pacific studies, Law, climate
change, social work, counselling, politics, development, fisheries and more.