FNU partners with Aspen Medical

Press Release Posted On: July 20, 2023

 The Fiji National University (FNU) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Aspen Medical to enable student placements in healthcare and other clinical settings at the medical institution.

The MoA was signed at the Nasinu Campus by the University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba and Aspen Medical’s Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Whiteside.

The partnership will benefit students and staff from the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) in providing them with first-hand industry attachments at the Lautoka and Ba hospitals.

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba highlighted that the collaboration would allow both institutions to empower the students with practical skills, critical thinking abilities, and a deep sense of compassion.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the fruits of our partnership are accessible to all, regardless of their social or economic background. Through our joint efforts, we will strive to improve healthcare delivery in remote areas, address the pressing healthcare needs of vulnerable populations, and promote health equity across Fiji,” she said.

“Aspen Medical Hospital’s stellar reputation for excellence in medical care and its unwavering commitment to innovation align perfectly with the core values of Fiji National University. Our institution has always strived for academic and professional excellence, aiming to produce highly skilled graduates who can make a significant impact in their respective fields.”

“This partnership holds great potential to enhance the quality of education and healthcare services in Fiji and uplift the standards of both institutions.”

Aspen Medical CEO, Gavin Whiteside said the MoA would enhance its Lautoka and Ba hospitals as training campuses and become a centre of excellence for the healthcare workforce within Fiji.

“Our modern digitised health systems that we currently have in place will provide the FNU students clinical experience that will prepare them for the future, not only in Fiji but abroad,” he said.

“Highly qualified and experienced clinical staff from Fiji National University will positively, contribute to the quality of clinical care and patient safety through support, promotion, and evidence-based treatment for patients.”

“The robust stimulating learning environment will provide career advancement and professional development to all involved, not only our students, but certainly our teachers. Access to training resources and upskilling of clinicians will promote a culture of continuous learning improvement.”

CMNHS Dean, Dr William May added that the MoA signing emphasised FNU’s commitment towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 3 – Good health and Well-being and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

“FNU has always been committed to fostering academic excellence, innovation, and transformative education. We strive to provide our students with the best possible opportunities and experiences that equip them with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in an ever-evolving global landscape even after they have graduated,” he stated.

“Our collaboration with Aspen Medical represents a step forward in realising this vision. To the students who will benefit from this collaboration, seize this opportunity to learn, grow, and become agents of positive change in our healthcare system.”

“Remember that the knowledge and skills you acquire will shape the future of healthcare in Fiji. Embrace this partnership as a platform for your personal and professional development,” he noted further.