The first part of the celebrations was at the Annual Heilala Festival Fun Fair which included displays and information for members of the public, an event which attracted close to a thousand people.
Ms Betty Manuofetoa, Teaching Assistant at USP Tonga Campus said there was an overwhelming response and generally the most frequently asked question was whether students can complete their studies in-country.
The second part of the Open Day, named ‘Katoa ki Olokava was more student focused where a total of seven (7) schools participated.
Schools that attended the Open Day included Tonga High School; Beulah College; Liahona High School; Tailulu College; GPS Pea; GPS Tokomololo and Footsteps Kindergarten, resulting in an approximate number of 129 participants.
The ‘Katoa ki Olokava’ event was organized as a journey of the facilities, staff and programmes offered at the Tonga Campus where students and members of the public had to go through ten (10) checkpoints with their tour guides.
There were displays by the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE).
According to Ms Manuofetoa, majority of the students and members of the public commended USP for its role in the region and urged the University to keep up the good work.