FNU’s CMNHS Hosts Flag Raising Ceremony

Press Release Posted On: April 9, 2024

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji His Excellency Joseph Maáhanua with the staff and students at the CMNHS Flag Raising Ceremony.

The Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) regional students gathered in the spirit of unity and solidarity to celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures that grace the university with their beauty and diversity last Wednesday.

In a world marked by division and discord, it is more important than ever that we come together to celebrate our differences and embrace the common humanity that unites us.

High Commissioner of Solomon Islands to Fiji Honourable Joseph Ma’ahanua.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji and Chief Guest at CMNHS Flag Raising Ceremony, His Excellency Joseph Maáhanua encouraged students to work hard to achieve their dreams.

‘Events like “Celebrating Cultural Connections” serve as powerful reminders of the transformative power of dialogue, mutual respect, and cultural exchange in building bridges of understanding and cooperation across borders,” His Excellency Maáhanua said.

While students work hard at learning how to learn at a tertiary level, he said students should not forget to make the most of your opportunities to learn about other cultures, make new friends, and share the uniqueness of your own selves while you are immersed in Fijian culture and society.

“As we embark on this journey of exploration and celebration, let us not only revel in the beauty of our diverse cultural heritage but also reflect on the responsibility that comes with it. We must strive to be stewards of our cultural traditions, preserving and cherishing them for future generations while also remaining open to the richness and vitality of other cultures.”

CMNHS Acting Dean Dr Donald Wilson.

CMNHS Acting Dean Dr Donald Wilson said the flag-raising ceremony has been an important event in the college’s history over the years.

“FNU has produced quality doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals  over the years for our region, and our commitment remains the same—to guide you, support you, and provide you with all the resources you need, to help you excel in your field of study,” Dr Wilson said.

He said he was sure each of the students would excel if they worked hard, were committed and dedicated towards their goals and their country.

Frances Martina Delainukunawa

“We want all our students to feel at home, and we are all here to help you build your future, as your own countrymen and women have high expectations of you ultimately contributing to the health workforce of your country and the region as a whole.”

American Samoa student Faalaa Sela Lauina, who is a second-year student in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, said it was a proud moment for her to be the flag bearer of her country.

“We have American Samoa Flag Day on April 17, and unfortunately, we will not be able to be there physically, but we were able to raise our country’s flag on the international stage,” the 27-year-old said.

“The flag represents a rich history, cultural heritage, sacrifices, and aspirations of our people, and this reminds us why we are here today and the purpose for which we are here today.”

The Fiji National University is committed to serving the social and economic well-being of Fiji and the wider Pacific region. We achieve this by providing high-quality, employment-focused education and training, fostering a vibrant student experience, conducting impactful research aligned with national and global priorities, and actively engaging with stakeholders across communities, nations, and the region. Additionally, FNU demonstrates leadership in sustainability, promoting responsible practices for a brighter future.