USP wins quiz challenge

University of the South Pacific (USP) team with their awards after winning the European Union Fiji University Quiz Challenge 2018. Picture: USP MEDIA/SUPPLIED

THE University of the South Pacifi c (USP) has more reason to celebrate after they won the European Union Fiji University Quiz Challenge at the university’s Japan Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre, Laucala Campus, on May 7. The win came just when the university was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Team captain Neekhil Singh said the win was one way in which the students could give back in terms of adding to the university’s many achievements in the past fi ve decades.

Neekhil further acknowledged the support of team coach Valda HoerderHoward from the Strategic Partnerships, Advancement and Communications (SPAC) office for mentoring them through group meetings, provision of reading materials and generally guiding them throughout.

He said preparations were intense and stressful as they had to juggle those with their assignments, report submissions, mid-semester tests as well as preparations for final exam, adding that “despite all these, the team took out their time and effort to meet every day to revise as a group”.

USP vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra stated the EUFiji University Quiz Challenge provided an excellent platform for the three universities to test their knowledge of European history, EU-Fiji Cooperation, COP23 and the Ocean Conference.

“This is indeed a very innovative and progressive way to ensuring that our young generation remains engaged and acquires the needed knowledge of the development needs and partnerships with the EU for addressing these needs in the Pacific region,” Prof Chandra said.

He said the success of the last quiz gives a clear indication of the level of interest among the universities and how this contributes towards creating better awareness of EU’s contributions to the social and economic development of the Pacific, in particular, to the EU-Fiji co-operation.