The University of Fiji hosted a successful Student Orientation Day at the Saweni Campus on Monday, February 3 and at Samabula Campus on February 4, 2020.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor
Sushila Chang welcomed the students to the University. Professor Chang told the
students that University life may seem difficult in the beginning but gets better
with time as it did for her when she was a freshman.
“The first week may seem
difficult, it gets better during the second week and only gets better and
better. The first semester isalways the
hardest, the second semester becomes better. The first year is the most
difficult, the second year can be exhilarating and so empowering and thereon
you are the maker of your dreams,” she stated.
She added that The University of
Fiji had students at the centre of its heart.
“Everything we do is about the
students. Therefore, this is not a University per say, it is your family and
your home away from home,” she mentioned.
She advised students to make the
most of their time at the University; to make friends and be sociable; to study
hard and do things that are meaningful to them;
to embrace diversity and the many differences in people and uphold values.
The Pro-Chancellor, Ambassador
Kamlesh Arya spoke about the University’s Founders Policies. He stated that the
University was founded on universal values including respect and discipline.
“It’s a people’s University- it
was founded by the people for the people,” he noted.
The Registrar, Ms. Karishma Mani
addressed the students on student administration matters and Executive Director
Finance, Mr. Ravineet Sami advised the students on the fees and finance aspects
of the University. The Information Technology Services department staff advised
students on important tools such as Moodle, Turnitin, student emails and more. The
UniFiji Student Association (UFSA) Vice- President, Ms. Maca Ratabua spoke on UFSA
policies and procedures.
Ms. Christal Kapoor, final year
student of the University,spoke about her experience at the University. She
told the students how the University and her lecturers had supported her to
achieve all her goals and developed her holistically. Ms. Kapoor was crowned
Ms. Sugar City in 2019 and she credited heroverall success to the lecturers and
The orientation was attended by
over 350 students and parents at Saweni Campus and approximately 150 students
at Samabula Campus.