Education is a powerful tool for nation-building – Vakalalabure

Press Release Posted On: April 20, 2024

Executive Chairman Fiji Pine Limited, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure shared a powerful message about education being a powerful tool in nation-building to the 528 graduates of the Fiji National University (FNU) yesterday.

“This graduation ceremony is a celebration of sacrifices and the unwavering belief in the power of education. Congratulations to the 528 graduates!” Vakalalabure exclaimed.

Vakalalabure, who holds extensive experience in business and trade, was the Chief Guest on the third day of FNU’s April 2024 Graduation ceremony at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

“Education is a powerful tool for change. It is a proven tool that empowers individuals socially, economically, politically, and culturally,” he further added.

“Therefore, it is a powerful tool for nation-building, and it is the safest platform to develop our nation’s education pathways for bright and prosperous future.”

FNU’s College of Engineering, Technology, Vocational and Education Training (CETVET) led the graduation ceremony today with 320 graduates. The cohort included 134 graduates from the National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC), 59 from the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS), and 15 from the Pacific Centre for Maritime Studies (PCMS).

Vakalalabure further commended FNU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba for empowering the future leaders of Fiji to attain quality education.

“The world you are about to enter is dynamic, ever-changing, and filled with both challenges and possibilities. Embrace each experience with an open heart and a curious mind.”

FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Unaisi Nababo-Baba reaffirmed FNU’s commitment to answer to the call of the nation, to serve what the communities and the people demand from its university.

Congratulations for choosing FNU! The University celebrates you, you as a graduate of FNU, deserve every happiness you will receive, and as you celebrate, we celebrate as well!

“To the graduating Class of 2024, I am extremely proud of all the graduates in this arena, and as the Vice-Chancellor of this university, and I am proud of the gowns and the salusalu you are wear. Honour and serve the nation well!”

Divikesh Chand, a dedicated officer at the Fiji Police Force’s Forensic Science Unit, with a Bachelor of Information Systems from FNU’S CETVET today.

Chand’s accomplishment was made even more special by the presence of his mother, who travelled from Ba to witness this significant milestone.

“Having my mother here today to see me graduate has been a dream of mine for a long time,” Chand shared.

“She is my role model, and this achievement is a direct result of my mother’s perseverance. We live in a remote village in Ba, and from kindergarten until today, my mother has played a key role in my education.”

Having embarked on the programme in 2018, Chand faced obstacles that delayed his completion, however, his determination prevailed, and he is now a proud graduate.

Chand aspires to join the Cybercrime Unit, leveraging his newfound knowledge and longstanding interest in computers and criminal investigation.

“Education is the key to unlocking a brighter future, for those seeking to escape poverty, education is the answer. It empowers you to build a fulfilling life.

“The practical knowledge I gained at FNU has equipped me with invaluable skills that will undoubtedly benefit me in my career.”

1459 students have graduated in the three graduation ceremonies held in the last three days. Another 133 students will graduate at your graduation ceremony in Labasa that will be held on 24 April 2024 at the Civic Centre.