Serve As Leaders, Women Educators Encouraged

Press Release Posted On: April 13, 2024

U.S Ambassador to Fiji, Ambassador Marie Damour with the FNU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba.


“Some of you will decide to serve as principals. I encourage you, especially women – to serve as leaders.”

This was the message delivered by the United States (U.S) Ambassador to Fiji, Ambassador Marie Damour during her official visit to the Fiji National University’s Natabua Campus in Lautoka recently.

Ambassador Damour shared she was thrilled to finally get the chance to visit Natabua Campus and proudly highlighted the ongoing partnership between the U.S and the FNU.

In her address, she particularly mentioned to the women educators that their example of pursuing to be leaders would encourage other students to follow in their footsteps.

“The vast majority of teachers in Fiji are women, but almost no principals are,” she said.

“And also remember that as teachers, the skills you will impart to Fiji’s future generations are critical.”

She commended the current educators of the FNU’s College of Humanities and Education (CHE) and the future aspiring teachers for their collective commitment towards education.

“Your role as educators is integral to shaping the next generation of leaders and innovators in Fiji,” said Ambassador Damour.

“We’re excited to see this growing interest in teaching, which is one of the most important jobs in society.

“The skills and knowledge you acquire during your studies will not only enrich your own lives, but also will have a profound impact on the communities and the individuals you serve.”

She shared that she was also blessed with her teachers who gave her the knowledge, skills, and confidence to embark on her career as a U.S Diplomat.

U.S Ambassador to Fiji, Ambassador Marie Damour meeting staff of the FNU Natabua Campus during her campus tour.

FNU’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba mentioned that the FNU remained committed to the wellbeing of all its students.

“The university will have a profound impact on the country and the region and this College in particular (CHE), the students, programmes and the intellectual landscape of this College is fostering further learning and thinking critically,” Professor Nabobo-Baba highlighted.

“Additionally, this collaboration between the U.S and FNU, will enrich our scholarly exchange but also strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between us.”