A special three-day get-together was organised for a group of former students of the Nasinu Teachers College (NTC) by Fiji National University (FNU), with the aim to create a platform for the alumni members to reconnect, rekindle fond memories, re-establish and strengthen connections with the University.
The Nasinu Teachers College (NTC) Alumni Reunion for 70s graduates which was held at FNU’s Nasinu Campus was opened by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Honourable Rosy Akbar on Sunday 30 June.
The event has attracted 120 Alumni members from this decade, most of whom currently reside overseas.
Majority of the former students, who were past the age of 60, have opted to stay on-campus for the duration of the get-together event, showing their great affection to their previous institution.
Nasinu Teachers College was established in 1947 following the 1946 Education Plan after World War II. There was a need to further enhance the educational needs of the locals and this meant the replacement of small mission and government teacher training colleges with a large government college Nasinu Teachers College. The institution was built specifically to train teachers. The establishment of the Nasinu institution resulted in a marked improvement in the quality of primary school teachers, and in 1982 it underwent some changes and re-opened as the Nasinu Residential College for students.
Later in the 1990s, an Australian Aid programme helped establish training for secondary teachers and in 1992 the College was renamed as Fiji College of Advanced Education (FCAE). In 2010, FCAE became part of the Fiji National University under its College of Humanities and Education.
All the participants worked as teachers in schools around the country and then progressed to climb higher ranks in the civil service while some migrated overseas later in their careers.
The three-day event included a cocktail and dinner, presentations by the alumni members as well as tours around the campus and Suva City.