USP Alumni Network

Jayati Prasad

What is your home country?  
I am from Ba, Fiji, but currently reside in New Zealand. 

What programme did you graduate in and in which year?
Diploma in Educational Admin (1990), BA (1991), Postgraduate Diploma in Geography (1993)

What was your most memorable moment as a student?
When I was told that I was possibly getting a Gold Medal but missed out!

Describe your experience while studying at USP.
Very challenging courses but very helpful  lecturers, a lot of resources in the Library, private study rooms in the library was very good, lecturers were very approachable. Highlight was when Randy Thaman took us to “Gau Island” for a field trip with a group of 45 students and of course can’t forget the news of success and graduation.

What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
Achieving three qualifications in 3 years with work overload – 4 Units of study each semester, especially when doing Level 4 courses.

After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
I received promotion as HOD Social Sciences at Indian College, Acted as Deputy Principal at Indian College and eventually promoted as Assistant Principal at MGM High School, Suva. When I migrated to NZ, I got a job straight away due to my qualifications and experience and after 5 years, I was awarded an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from Ministry of education, NZ. Then in 2004, I was promoted as HOD Social Science at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate-Senior School and even acted as Assistant Principal for a short while. I have stayed at the same school for the last 16 years!

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
USP qualifications are highly recognized and regarded in NZ and assessed as being in par with any University in NZ, my teaching experience at USP boosted my confidence in adult education and seminars helped a lot in getting ideas how to handle difficult students/at risk students which is very handy here in NZ!

After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
Excelling in my career in terms of awards and promotions! I would have been the Principal of MGM high School if I had stayed in Fiji – this would have been a dream come true!

What inspires you and why?
I still have fond memories of the lecturers and my colleagues with whom I studied at USP. The broad knowledge and approach to teaching which most of my lecturers had inspired me and still regard them as Role Models in teaching! The real teachers were Professor Rajesh Chandra and  Professor Randy Thaman!

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
All students should work hard, never give up, take help from lecturers and tutors, make full use of Library resources and go for the highest level of achievement. Do not settle with just passing the courses but pass with better grades A /A+ … USP life is so enjoyable besides being so challenging! Whatever qualifications the students achieve, they are all highly regarded by overseas countries due to the high standard of teaching and course structures.

I miss my USP days!!! It is a great feeling to be part of USP, an institution which I have a very high regard for!


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