Varanisese Leweni has locked her sights on becoming a successful ship captain after enrolling in the Fiji National University’s (FNU), Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) Diploma in Nautical Science programme.
The 18-year-old was part of the FMA Orientation Programme at the Nasese Campus this morning, whereby the students were introduced to staff and briefed about the important aspect of learning at FNU.
“It is my dream to become a Ship Captain and I believe FNU will help me to reach my dreams,” she said.
“The orientation helped us a lot to understand about the programmes and processes involved in our studies at the Fiji National University. After secondary school, beginning tertiary studies can be a difficult transition for many of us. By attending the Orientation session and hearing of the support services provided by the University, it has made it easier for me.”
FNU Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Dr Jimaima Lako said the Fiji Maritime Academy was a family that helped each student attain success in their academic ambitions.
“The ocean is both a source of beauty and a force of nature to be respected. Let your passion for exploration fuel your drive, but never underestimate the power and responsibility that comes with navigating its vast expanse,” Dr Lako said.
“You have the potential to become not just seafarers, but leaders, innovators, and guardians of this precious ecosystem.
“I wish each one of you a transformative and fulfilling academic journey. May your time at the Fiji Maritime Academy be marked by discovery, growth, and the realisation of your dreams.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor TVET, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata said students should embrace the challenges, celebrate their successes and approach each day with enthusiasm.
“Your education here is a steppingstone towards a future filled with possibilities,” Dr Tagicakiverata said.
“The Vice-Chancellor and the entire university senior leadership team believe in your potential to make a positive impact on the world.
“Thank you for choosing us to turn your dreams into reality.”
FMA Acting Director, Captain Tevita Rabanakadavu said the Fiji Maritime Academy did not merely produce graduates; it moulded leaders, innovators, and guardians of the seas.
“The Academy goes beyond imparting knowledge; it instils fundamental values. Integrity, responsibility, and adaptability are not mere abstractions inscribed on whiteboards; they are the very lifeblood of a successful mariner,” he said.
“These values will serve as your anchor, guiding you not only on the treacherous seas but also through the tempestuous tides of life itself.”
“The ocean awaits, and we, the Fiji Maritime Academy, are here to provide you with the tools and knowledge to conquer it.”
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