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Monday, February 19, 2007

First lot of USP SIG sponsored students flew into Fiji over the weekend

A first lot of Solomon Islands Government sponsored students at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva have arrived safely over the weekend, and are currently undergoing registration before classes begin on Monday next week.

It is understood more than sixty students including both new and continuing scholars arrived at Nadi on Saturday night in a Solomon Airlines flight. Remaining students in Honiara are expected to fly to Fiji tomorrow and on Saturday.

According to the USP Calender, this week is the orientation and enrolment week for new students. So far, other regional students have already arrived in Suva awaiting commencement of semester one classes next week.

From past experiences, this coming few weeks will be a difficult time for regional students to secure off-campus accomodation as there will be a significant influx of rental property student seekers, resulting in a drastic rise in demand and costs of rental flats closer to the university. The problem is severe with SIG sponsored students as they usually arrived late and have to wait at least within two weeks before their allowance is paid.

Meanwhile, all classes at the Fiji School of Medicine where other Solomon medical students are studying are believed to have already commenced with the latest starting today.

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