USP Alumni Network

Liah Kaltoi

What is your home country? 
Vanuatu

What programme did you graduate in and in which year?
2009 – BA in Sociology and Social Work       
2012 – Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Administration

What was your most memorable moment as a student? 
The honor to present the graduate speech on behalf of the graduates during one graduation ceremony at Laucala Campus.

Describe your experience while studying at USP. USP is a culturally friendly University. 
I get to mingle around and learn from other island people so it feels like home to me. I have never been alone through my studies. I get to express myself anyhow to the students and lecturers alike to boost my learning. There has never been a barrier to my learning at USP. It was just how I used all the resources available. All in all, it will be a lifetime memorable experience to be part of USP at one time.

What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
When I was selected to represent USP Postgraduates in the Inaugural Commonwealth Summer School at the University of Buea in Cameroon, Africa.


After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
Currently I am doing a research on the quality of housing provision in Luganville Town in Vanuatu at the height of massive movement of people into this urban area. The outcome of this research would enable housing stakeholders particularly the government to formulate or revise its housing policies to suit the current situation of high growth of urbanization for the benefit of the residents of this town.

How do you think USP helped you in your career? 
USP has taught us the hard way and I appreciate that. As we were being taught, we were incorporated into the real situation of our Pacific Island countries. Nothing was fictitious. Therefore, at the end of the studies we fit in perfectly to tackle the issues out there in our various countries.

What inspires you and why? 
The lives of the people here in Vanuatu inspire me a lot. Changes are happening rapidly now than before. The population is increasing rapidly, more and more people are without jobs, suitable land for making a living is scarce, moreover, rural population, particularly youths, are moving into urban areas for better life. Therefore, I believe that, as educated people, we should put more effort to help the government and our people to find appropriate solutions to secure a positive future and a good welfare for our people.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
We in the Pacific are very lucky to have our own University. So when you have the chance to study at USP, make the most of your study life. Learn as much as you can, as more of what is being taught is in our very own cultural context. You will never go off the track once you put your mind and heart in your studies for the betterment of our people in the Pacific.


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