19 Aug 2009

USP in Fiji to provide additional support after 44 students lose scholarships

10:58 am on 19 August 2009

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji will be offering additional support to its students after 44 Solomon Islands students at the Laucala campus in the capital, Suva had their scholarships revoked.

It's the second time students from the Laucala campus have had their government scholarships revoked, after 80 students lost their awards at the beginning of the year.

The recent termination's means the number of Solomon Islands students on scholarships to the USP in Suva has dropped by seven percent to 543.

The Vice Chancellor of the USP Professor, Rajesh Chandra, says some students find the transition from high school to tertiary education difficult, while others find it hard adjusting to a foreign country.

"What we have decided to do is distribute an increased level of support for the first year students and also ensuring the students will get support for their learning in their own residential areas this year."

Rajesh Chandra says another issue that needs to be addressed is providing sufficient campus accommodation to foreign students.