USP Alumni Network

Tomwa Tehumu

1. What is your home country?
Kiribati

2. What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
Postgraduate Diploma for General Managers (School of Business Administration) finished in December 2007, graduated in April 2008.

3. What was your most memorable moment as a student?
To be part of the program that engaged experienced and high quality Lecturers from the region and outside the region (Australia, Canada, and America), and establishing network with students whom most of them are civil servants and private entrepreneurs from around the region. This is a privilege and priceless memorable moment for me as a student that I would always and continue to treasure. 

4. Describe your experience while studying at USP.
My experience while studying at USP was more like a small fish ready to venture into a big ocean among the big fish. At the end of the day the small fish became big and able to swim along other big fish. 

5. What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
Establish good relationships with leaders (classmates) from around the region under one roof (USP Statham Campus).

6. After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
Prior my study at USP I was the Senior Assistant Secretary at the Government Ministry, after graduating from USP I was given a promotion to a Deputy Secretary, six months after that promoted as a Director to the National Human Resources Management Center (Department of the Public Service Office), two and half years after that become a Chief Executive Officer for the Kiribati Housing Corporation (State Owned Enterprise under the Public Service Office) up to date.

7. How do you think USP helped you in your career?
My study at USP has prepared me to be a qualified leader which I cannot disagree with especially with the many opportunities available for me out there. With a span of just three years, I found myself marketable and changed careers without any problem. The School of Business Administration Program USP provided was a choice not so attractive to me at first but now so thankful I took it and did not regret every second I spend while in the program.

8. After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
After graduating from USP, personally my greatest achievement is a choice to return and work in my home country Kiribati.

9. What inspires you and why?
Climate Change inspired me to continue assist my government, people, and country in whatever I may still have in me to cope and adapt to Climate Change impacts.

10. What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
School of Business at USP is a high class and appropriate program I should encourage future Postgraduate Level Students to attend.

11. Please share your top three tips that you think are most important for our current students or recent graduates that will help them when starting out on their career paths.

  • “Be the change” Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Ask for what you can do for your country and not what your country can do for you” President John F Kennedy
  • “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it” Margret Thatcher 

These are my guiding principles in my family and career life. I know they motivate and work for me.

12. What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated? 
In capacity as Director for National Human Resources Management Center has closely work with them on improving failure rates with establishment of Kiribati Fiji Mission Student Support Officer a position created from 2008 up to date.

13. Any other information you would like to share?
Well … if one asked where I would send my kids to get their tertiary and formal education … USP is the place.


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