Schoolteacher Inspires, Graduates with Master’s in Climate Change Among 1000+ USP Graduates

More than 1000 students graduated from the University of the South Pacific in the August-September session.

Among the 1196 graduates last week, 65 percent were female, including Roslyn Dass Nand, a schoolteacher who earned a Master’s Degree in Climate Change.

She dedicated her thesis to inspiring women to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.

Born and raised in Fiji, Nand realised the importance of education early on and pursued an undergraduate degree in Science at USP.

She later became a secondary school teacher but returned to USP to address climate change as a positive force. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change and received a prestigious scholarship from the EU to pursue her Master’s degree, focusing on gender equity in small-scale fisheries for food security resilience in Fiji.

Nand expressed gratitude to USP PACRES and the EU for their support and encouraged other students to pursue academic opportunities at USP.

“The EU USP PACRES scholarship allowed me to become a full-time student, making my educational journey smoother and more focused. I want to thank Professor Elisabeth Holland and Lau Dr. Viliamu Iese and the entire USP PACRES Team for their unwavering support throughout her academic journey,” Nand said.

“I encourage other students to join PaCE-SD in their academic pursuits. The warm, vibrant, diverse, and accommodating atmosphere of PaCE-SD fosters an environment where students can thrive and achieve their goals.”

Over 1000 students recently graduated from the University of the South Pacific in the August-September cohort.

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