Hundreds of students took advantage of the Fiji National University’s (FNU) Orientation sessions to learn more about their campus and facilities and meet their peers and College staff during Orientation sessions held yesterday.
FNU’s College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) and Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) held information sessions for first-year students at the Koronivia and Nasese campuses respectively.
First-year CAFF student, Torika Vucago said she was grateful to be part of the Orientation so that she could be well prepared before the start of semester studies.
“I really enjoyed Orientation as I met so many new and old friends. This session has also given me so much information, which will help me and guide me through my journey,” the 19-year-old said.
Vucago, from Serua in Deuba, is enrolled in the Diploma in Animal Husbandry (Level 5) programme. “My advice to other students is to be vocal and always work hard, because there is no success without any struggle,” she added.
CAFF Dean, Professor Paul Iji emphasised that students needed to work hard and smart from their first day of their studies at FNU.
“Agriculture is now a business. Do not forget that you need to get your hands dirty, to get your pockets full,” he shared. “Our profession (Agriculture) was there from the beginning. Today, we still produce food, fibre for clothes, and ingredients for medicines. However, our profession has been greatly modernised. We still work outdoors most of the time, but now we also work smart,” he said.
Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) CEO Captain Rajitha Semage added that it was encouraging to witness parents attending the Orientation with their children to understand their children’s study and career pathways.
“Maritime is an important sector in Fiji and with Fiji being an island, I think sea and sailing is within everyone’s DNA. It is embedded in your genes. It is just a matter of polishing it and bringing it out to become a career for you,” Capt Semage said.
Tuberi Turaga said the FMA Orientation was educational and gave him the added confidence to begin tertiary learning. The 18-year-old from Lau said he looks forward to studying at FNU as a Marine Engineer to fulfill his passion of sailing across islands.
“A quote about wisdom that is close to my heart is – Do not lose your soul gathering gold, because wisdom is better than gold,” Turaga said.
FNU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lyn Karstadt said she was eager to meet the incoming students on campus.
“Being a university student is really an important and exciting journey of your life. Therefore, it is vital that you enjoy this journey and stay dedicated towards your studies to succeed in your journey”.
FNU’s Labasa Campus will be conducting its Orientation session today, 8 February 2023 at the LTD Town Campus Lecture Room from 9.30 AM.
For ease in admission and registration, FNU has dedicated Enrolment Centres to serve new and continuing students at the Koronivia, Nasinu, Derrick, Ba, Natabua, Namaka and Labasa campuses. Students can visit these campuses to complete their application process.