Creating a Strong Culture of Research at FNU

Press Release Posted On: June 1, 2022

FNU students in a lab class.


As a future-focused, dual-sector tertiary education institute, the Fiji National University (FNU) undertakes research with real-world impact, aligned to national priorities and with global relevance.

The university supports research in a broad range of areas relevant to Fiji in partnership with the government and industries to grow our research activities and achievements for the transformation of our societies and economy.

FNU’s Director of Research Dr Ronald Kumar said that guided by the Strategic Plan 2021-2026, the University is building a strong foundation to promote and support research work in all its cognate disciplines.

“The focus of our research at Fiji National University is applied research, addressing issues pertinent to national development,” said Dr Kumar.

FNU is an institution of influence fostering a research community defined by global connectedness and networks with national and international research peers.

“Research is an important pillar for all universities and we at FNU are providing adequate support to ensure we enhance not only our research portfolio but also form partnerships or collaborate with reputable universities to undertake joint research which not only is beneficial to researchers involved but also lifts our profile on the international stage,” Dr Kumar explained.

“Research is a never-ending process of discovering new things at multiple levels creating new knowledge or using existing knowledge in new and impactful ways. Our researchers are deeply committed to their work which has helped us achieve an Impact Ranking.”

FNU’s PhD and Masters by Research students form a valuable part of the University research community. Research students can work on real and important issues for Fiji, as they drive a significant percentage of the University’s research output.

“FNU will continue to identify a small number of key interdisciplinary themes that are aligned with national priorities and have international relevance, where FNU can develop strength and depth in research in areas such as climate change adaptation, e-commerce, low-input agriculture, sustainable and eco-tourism, noncommunicable diseases, artificial intelligence, and inclusive education,” Dr Kumar stated.

“Through training and mentorship programmes for research supervisors and early career researchers, we will build our research capacity. We will also invest in our research facilities, infrastructure, and culture by providing targeted assistance to priority areas and staff development.”

“We are highly focused on creating productive research partnerships with local and international universities, governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and funders to support internationally competitive, collaborative and challenge-based research. We will also aim to recognise and reward research that informs policy and practice via new initiatives.”

FNU aims to be the premier national University providing relevant higher education, technical and vocational education and training, and research and development in Fiji.

Prospective students can visit the Fiji National University website to view the wide range of study opportunities available. For enquiries relating to applications or minimum entry requirements for programmes please send your email to .