USP Alumni Network

Mareta Taua Kaiteie

1. What is your home country?
Kiribati

2. What programme did you graduate in and in which year?
Degree in Economics and Public Administration - 2007

3. What was your most memorable moment as a student?
The cultural day in USP where we got a chance to learn and understand various cultural values, customs and traditional local dances of students from different countries.  

4. Describe your experience while studying at USP.
It was a blast being with and making friends with different students from different countries. At first, I was the type of person who is so reserved and stick to my own race,but as days passed, during lectures, tutorials and other USP functions and activities, I adapted myself to being with and around colleagues of my class from different countries. Thanks to USP as it exposed me and opened doors to my career after I completed my undergrad study. I am looking forward to continue exploring more of USP side – of which I did not discover during my undergrad.

5. What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
I realized during my working career that what was taught at USP (theoretically) were concepts necessary and useful to the needs and development plans of my home country. I was able to utilize the skills and knowledge taught throughout my course where applicable and necessary.  

6. After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
I fortunately got a permanent position (after proper screening and interviews) at the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Cooperatives as an Intellectual Property Officer. Being a graduate student from the field of Economics and Public Administration has enabled and broaden my marketing opportunity in various Ministries and especially this unique and most interesting area – Intellectual Property Division. The field encompasses trademark, copyright, and patents to mention a few. The field relates to Economics hence enables me to apply what I have learned from the courses at USP.

7. How do you think USP helped you in your career?
If I have to write a book about all of USP’s program and assistance, I would, however would just summarize everything to cut short of the story telling. USP is a place where the teaching varies from academic, sports, cultural interaction, intrapersonal involvement and most importantly, for us reserved people – it enhances our participation to being with the crowd and overcome our fear of stage fright and silence just to mention a few.  

8. After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
The opportunity to fully understand the use and right concepts learned at USP on the national development of my country. The interesting part is that it allows me to link and apply theoretical concepts to real life. My greatest achievement is the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge taught during my undergrad study – to secure my permanent position as an Intellectual property officer.    

9. What inspires you and why?
My program – Degree in Economics and Management. Economics really inspires me in various ways as it teaches me the value of scarce resources and time. What I value from this course is the strong lesson about – USING limited and SCARCE RESOURCES wisely to achieve efficient and effective output. It’s all about using the right resources at the right time and at the right place wherever and whenever possible.     

10. What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Yes, I have been longing to share this ever since I wished to further my studies simply because of my low academic profile. After fortunately being awarded a scholarship and with the new and independent life away from family, I was too carried away that I did not value my time in school. I did not devote my time academically and neglect most of USP activities, hence leading to poor results and performances. At the end of the day I realized how embarrassing it is to present poor transcripts to any institution and organization I wish to apply to, for any career or future academic study. I regretted this and would turn back time if I could, but time has passed and I believe that nothing is too late if we have the will to be in the right path. 

USP is a fun, friendly and multiracial institution –but doing things at the right time would only make us proud graduates of USP. It’s a challenge and an exciting experience. 

I take this time to wish students of USP the best of luck during your studies. May this year and the years to come be an exciting and memorable one for you.  

11. Any other information you would like to share?
Efficient and effective effort and actions of TODAY determine our name of TOMORROW.  


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