FNU Hosts Second National TVET Forum

Press Release Posted On: May 29, 2024

The Minister for Education, Honourable Aseri Radrodro (with garland), next to the Fiji National University Chancellor and Chair of Council, Semesa Druavesi Karavaki, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, members of the FNU’s Senior Leadership Team, industry partners, sponsors, stakeholders and participants at the 2024 National TVET Forum at the FNU’s Namaka Campus in Nadi.


The Fiji National University’s 2024 National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Forum kicked off successfully on Monday at the university’s Namaka Campus in Nadi.

The theme for this year’s forum which is ‘TVET in Fiji: Focus on the Future’, is attended by representatives of the various industries and institutions.

The Minister for Education, Honourable Aseri Radrodro who officially opened the forum, highlighted in his address that TVET in Fiji has made significant progress over the years.

Honourable Radrodro acknowledged the FNU for standing at the forefront of Fiji’s TVET efforts as one of the largest providers of TVET education in Fiji and the Pacific region.

He said the theme resonated with the aspirations and dreams of the nation.

“FNU’s commitment to hosting forums like this is critical for fostering dialogue, collaboration, and capacity building,” he said.

“By bringing together stakeholders from various sectors, FNU helps create industry-relevant programs that meet our economic needs.

“FNU is instrumental in conducting research, developing new training modules, and setting standards that elevate the quality of TVET in Fiji.”

He shared sentiments that Fiji faced a significant skills gap that affected the livelihoods of the nation’s citizens including the competitiveness of Fiji’s industries.

“Employers play a pivotal role in addressing TVET challenges,” highlighted Honourable Radrodro.

“Their involvement is crucial in shaping curricula that reflect real-world demands. By fostering partnerships with industries, we ensure that our training programs are aligned with market needs, enhancing the employability of our graduates.”

He said the Ministry of Education was prioritising TVET as a cornerstone of Fiji’s educational strategy.

“Our focus includes, strengthening partnerships with industries, promoting research and innovation, and supporting professional development for TVET educators,” he said.

“The Coalition Government is fully committed to revolutionising TVET in Fiji. We are implementing comprehensive plans to modernise facilities, update curricula, and expand access to training programs across the country.

“Our vision is to create a TVET system that is inclusive, innovative, and integrated with industry needs. This includes substantial investments in infrastructure, technology, and capacity building for educators.

“We must ensure that TVET education is inclusive and accessible to all Fijians, including women and people with disabilities.”

Honourable Radrodro is encouraging institutions to continuously engage with industry stakeholders, adapt to emerging trends, and embrace new teaching methodologies to stay relevant and effective in the market.

FNU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba mentioned that the FNU was steadfast in its mission to be the leading provider of TVET education in Fiji and the Pacific.

“This forum is a celebration of our diversity, a platform where we honor the rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and perspectives that make up our beautiful nation and the Pacific as a whole,” said Professor Nabobo-Baba.

“As the leading TVET provider in Fiji, we are committed to ensuring our graduates are well-prepared for the workforce and can compete on an international stage.”

She said the FNU was also dedicated to advancing TVET for everyone, including women, people living with disabilities, and those residing in the rural and remote areas.

FNU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor TVET, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata said some of the key sectors that would be focused on at the forum included automotive engineering, construction, agriculture, and hospitality and tourism.

“It is a network opportunity for us to come together – industries, stakeholders and institutions, and the Fijian Government, to talk about key issues to take the next step forward,” added Dr Tagicakiverata.