Ni sa bula vinaka, Namaste and Greetings! FNU’s alumni (graduates) are an integral part of the FNU family, and among our most important stakeholders. You serve as ambassadors – to the community, the region and the wider world – of the education provided by FNU, through the contribution you make to society. Your achievements bring credit to FNU, just as we hope that FNU’s continued success enhances the value of your relationship with us.
Our university dates back to 1885, when Suva Medical School was founded. FNU was established in its current form in 2010, and recently marked its tenth anniversary as Fiji’s National University. As we embark on the second decade of FNU’s journey, we re-affirm our commitment: to fulfilling the aspirations of our students and their families; to supporting the economic and social development of Fiji and the wider region; and to working in partnership to create a better future for our planet. Our alumni have an important part to play in helping us realise these ambitions.
As a ‘dual sector university’, FNU offers both technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education from certificates and diplomas through to doctorates. This is a feature of FNU to be proud of, and something for the University and our alumni to promote to the wider community. With 20,000 students enrolled in our five colleges and many more taking short courses at the National Training and Productivity Centre, FNU provides a comprehensive system of post-secondary education and training that reaches every part of Fijian society. The role of FNU is especially important now as people look to up-skill and re-skill to meet the challenges posed by Covid-19.
We are pleased to support our global family of alumni and, in turn, to reach out to you for your support in making FNU even stronger in the years ahead. There are many ways in which you can support your university, such as mentoring current students, giving guest lectures and seminars, or hiring our graduates as interns or employees. Given the current challenges, we especially value any financial support our friends and well-wishers might be in a position to provide. Whatever your interest in the continuing work of FNU, we look forward to a warm and friendly association. Come back and visit us, and please stay in touch.
Professor Toby Wilkinson