USP Alumni Network

Winifereti Nainoca

1.What is your home country?
Fiji

2.What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
BSc and Graduate Certificate in Education in 1983.

3.What was your most memorable moment as a student? 
On graduation day – Dec 1983 when I graduated!

4.Describe your experience while studying at USP. 
I studied in the old wooden bulidings at Lower campus (lecture & labs). We sat our exams in the big old wooden hangar.  It was great learning experience – in the Chem & Biology labs, lecture rooms, out in the forests and in the sea. We then moved up to the new School of Natural Resources (SNR) Building in Upper Campus.

5.What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
I believe it was that piece of paper (degree) and the priceless friendships & networks that were created while studying that I still value & utilise now.

6.After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
Teaching at high school for 6 years before moving to FIT (now part of FNU) later becoming Head of School of General Studies for 6 years (later became School of Applied Science). Am blessed to be working for UNDP now as Team Leader - Environment.

7.How do you think USP helped you in your career?
The understanding that I gained from the learning experience at USP helped create a strong knowledge base. As a teacher early in my career I drew upon the teaching styles of my USP lecturers. There are USP graduates everywhere that have also helped me professionally because of the networks that were formed at USP. In studies, my Chemistry lecturer for BSc at USP later became my Masters (Env Sc ) supervisor (Professor John Morrison – Uni of Wollongong). Professor Bill Aalbersberg helped me after my Masters and I got involved in FLMMA work with the Institute of Applied Science Staff. Dr Bale Tamata was recognized by Massey University as my PhD mentor in-country.

8.After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
Firstly I would like to say that I strongly believe that USP played a pivot role in launching my studies & career!

For studies – it would have to be graduating with a PhD from Massey University (NZ)

For family – blessed marriage of 35 years with three wonderful children (Filipe, Mesu & Eceli) who have brought 3 great spouses (Taka, Makelesi & Osea) & now having 4 precious grandchildren.

9.What inspires you and why?
For higher powers - it would have to be the Almighty above – continuously inspiring, uplifting & guiding. For humans on earth it would have to be my late mum, my husband Vivian & my siblings especially older sister Litia Mawi – they invested so much in my life.

10.What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
For students (especially for Postgrad students) – don’t give up studying  – it will all be worth it in the end. 

11.Any other information you would like to share?
One of my  Bible favourite verses: Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”.


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