Held at the ODEC Beach, the programme was participated by 151 students from four new programmes offered at the Forestry Complex, FSSA.
The programme was aimed at strengthening ties between lecturers and students as well as fostering a ‘forestry spirit’ in themselves.
Advisor of the programme, Dr. Maria L.T. Lardizabal who represented the Dean of FSSA, Professor Dr. Baba Musta in her opening speech of the Forestry Complex Family Camp 2015 said the three-day camp was organised to provide ideas and exposure to the students about the programmes offered at the Forestry Complex, FSSA.
”This will open the minds of students on the importance of the forestry sector today and in future.
“Development will continue to grow, thus the role of researchers and experts should indeed be parallel and complementary,” she said.
Meanwhile, the programme director, Lee Yew Leung praised the university’s administration particularly the Student Affairs Department that authorised the organisation of this camp, adding that this programme was important as a start for new students who will study for four years at FSSA.
“For 3 days we gathered at this camp, group activities and discussions were carried out with the lecturers and students. This gives more variety of ideas and perceptions in the field of sustainable forestry.
“Skill slots were also applied to let the students experience the real world as a forester,” she said.
The highlight of the programme, Campfire Night witnessed the success of the students’ group presentation followed by a competition for Best Group and Best Student of the programme. - (fl)
Source: Kenny Uwai, FSSA