FNU was established in 2010 with the following objectives: to promote scholarship, research, free inquiry, academic excellence, and trade competence and in this process create, disseminate, maintain, and advance knowledge and productivity by teaching, training and other means, for the welfare and needs of the communities of Fiji and those from any other overseas communities who may wish to receive tertiary education. The University shall be concerned with education and training at the post-secondary levels, including technical and vocational education and training, consistent with international standards of teaching, research, and other academic activities in institutions styled as institutions of higher learning.
The functions of the University are:
(a) to provide for, and encourage the creation, advance and dissemination of knowledge, through scholarship, research and teaching to the standards acceptable by the University Council;
(b) to provide courses of study or instruction, at the levels of achievement the Council considers appropriate, to meet the needs of the community, including technical and vocational education and training;
(c) to confer higher education awards and awards at other levels as determined by the Council;
(d) to provide, arrange for or regulate the appropriate training of persons or classes of persons, whether by way of apprenticeship or otherwise, to assist such persons or classes of persons in connection with employment;
(e) to assist and contribute towards the cost of training, and the promotion of training, of any person or class of persons;
(f) to participate in community discourse through the application of knowledge generated and advanced at the University to society, industry, and government in an environment where the rights of all are respected;
(g) to perform other functions given to the University under this Decree or under another Decree, or as determined by the Council.
The University aims to be the premier university for higher education, technical and vocational education and training, (research and development in Fiji and the Pacific region, and to be the national centre of excellence in Fiji for all things to do with training and productivity.
The University shall provide leadership in all intellectual pursuits in higher education, research and development, and the development and acquisition of relevant and quality technical skills in all trades and soft skills that are necessary for development of nations, businesses, and communities.