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Demand for FBE courses

The University Of The South Pacific
Thursday, July 28, 2016

The University of the South Pacific's (USP) Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) has witnessed an increase in student enrolment this year by at least 10 per cent, with the substantial rise in postgraduate and international student enrolment.

One of the faculty's recent major highlights include the introduction of three new courses this year, two in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) — TS 403 (Festival and Event Management and TS 405 (Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality); and LM 318 (Industry Internship) in the School of Land Management and Development (SLMD).

The faculty's Graduate School of Business (GSB) has also introduced a New Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship Programme which will be offered from 2017.

Other highlights include the STHM achieving international accreditation by THE-ICE (International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education); establishment of a Pacific Centre for Economic Policy and Modeling (PCEPM) by the School of Economics; and the launch of a book titled The New Pacific Diplomacy by the School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA).

For this year's Open Day, the Faculty will display its courses and programmes in the respective School booths in their village complex. Apart from displays, they will have videos, presentations, face-to- face consultations, demonstrations and answers to students' queries. Various activities planned in the FBE village complex include quizzes, games: crossword puzzle games, spin wheel competitions and poster /model competition with giveaway prizes.

The FBE is the largest faculty at USP and offers Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes at Undergraduate & Postgraduate level and PhDs.

Students interested in pursuing a career in Tourism will be interested to note that the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) will be offering marketing materials and information about their programmes and career prospects in tourism, hospitality and hotel management. STHM will also have demo DVD on programmes and representation from Alumni and current students, who will be sharing their experiences.

For those of you interested in learning how Pacific island governments, economies and relations with the world affect the daily life of Pacific peoples, the School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA) also have something in store for you.

They have planned some fun activities like lucky dip games, and the School's very popular values hop scotch game, and photo booth competition.

As for the School of Land Management, there will be demonstrations on how to carry out a closed or open land survey and a display of industrial stakeholders' job opportunities.

The School of Management and Public Administration will use a Pacific Island theme and depict a transition from early cultural heritage to a new modern sustainable Island environment.

The Open Day will be an opportunity for prospective students and teachers to obtain academic and career advice while students can have a firsthand experience of a premier university environment.

Visiting students will also be able to take back posters, other information pamphlets, packages and related organisations like the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FIBOS) and the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) will be part of Open Day Display in the School of Economics booth.

They will also have their own setups, creative displays and giveaways. They will also distribute pamphlets, handbooks, Data/Fact Booklets and other items to interested students.

Information about research prospects & potential supervisors for postgraduate and PhD students can be obtained through interaction with the academic staff.

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