From the Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Engineering, Sciences and Technology (CEST), a story of determination and triumph unfolds.
Meet Michael Aisea, a seasoned mechanic of two decades, now a FNU Diploma in Transport Technology and Management (Roads) (Level 6) student, defying age norms and pursuing academic distinction.
Recognising the need to upgrade his academic qualifications after two decades in the mechanical trade, he enrolled in the programme under CEST’s School of Transport in 2022.
“I believe that education is the key to progress and success in life. I realised through my studies that the curriculum aligned well with my practical experience,” said Aisea.
“There is also a wealth of knowledge learned in the classroom that you will never be able to learn in your field of work.”
Aisea who is a Fleet Officer at the National Fire Authority, shared he initially faced challenges returning to university after taking a hiatus in 2006.
“Over time, I was able to cope having managed my time wisely and making use of the resources and support services FNU offered.”
His determination and perseverance earned him the CEST Student Award for one of the best-performing students in the college in 2023.
“I am really happy to be recognised for my efforts by the college and to be awarded this after an academic gap of 18 years, makes this a proud moment for me.”
Aisea now aims for the gold medal award for the programme as he approaches the final year of his studies.
Undeterred by age, he encourages others to view education as an essential component of success.
“Education is important for personal growth and professional success. Age should never be a hindrance. I am past 40 years of age, and it has been 18 years since I last studied at the tertiary level with TPAF (now the National Training & Productivity Centre).”
Aisea’s story also sheds light on the lesser-explored field of transport technology and management.
“Many students settle for the more common technological and engineering fields. The interesting bit about this course is that it comes with a promise of automatic job placement with the Land Transport Authority of Fiji (LTA). So, for aspiring LTA officers, and legal inspection and enforcement officers, the School of Transport at FNU is your pathway to success.”
Aisea now looks forward to completing his programme and working for a year before pursuing further studies at the degree and master’s level.
For further information or queries, students can also text (toll-free) to 857 for Vodafone and Inkk users.
Continuing students can also register for their Semester 1, 2024 units via the link https://www.fnu.ac.fj/student/
Alternatively, applicants can visit our Koronivia, Nasinu, Derrick, Namaka, Natabua, Ba and Labasa campuses to submit applications.
FNU is conducting its final roadshow at the following venues;
February 1 – 3; Nausori (Max Val-U Carpark), Navua (Shop N Save supermarket), Sigatoka (Wishing Well), Ba (Bus Stand), Tavua (Max Val-U), Rakiraki (Old Market) & Nadi (FNPF Plaza)
February 1; Labasa CJ Mall
February 2; Seaqaqa town
February 3; Lautoka (Tappoo City) & Savusavu town