Dean’s Message

Welcome to the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies at Fiji National University.  The establishment of the College, following from the School of Commerce in the former Fiji Institute of Technology, is based on years of exposure to the needs and gaps of human resources in Fiji and the region.  In our business, we are committed to quality and excellence, for example, outstanding teaching, high-quality research, and active community and policy engagement.

In doing so, we are building bridges—bridges that make dynamic connections between higher education and the world of business, bridges that link research output with the policymakers and policymaking process and bridges that connect you with all the general public.

As Dean of the College, I am continually impressed and inspired by the positive contributions of our alumni, students and faculty in shaping the growth trajectory of Fiji and beyond.  Our graduates have integrated, applied, and added to their higher education to bring economic, social, and environmental improvements to communities within and outside Fiji since the days of the former Fiji Institute of Technology. Scholarly and intellectual contributions by College academics, finished products in the form of accountants, financial analysts, economists, tax specialists, human resource managers to marketing specialists are helping people do business better.

As a dynamic learning environment, we continually review and refine our curricula to meet the needs of our students and their employers. We offer traditional full-time programmes, as well as evening programmes for working students. Our general business programmes in each of the core business disciplines include Accounting, Economics, Insurance, Taxation, Finance, Valuation, Customs, Merchandising, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Hotel Management and Marketing. Amongst the TVET stream programmes, we also offer highly specialised programmes in the areas of Front Line Management, Merchandising, OHS, Retailing, Pastry, Cookery, Restaurant Services, Rooms Division and Front Office Operations.

We teach our students that while the world is continuously facing different and difficult economic, political and natural challenges, creative application of the newly acquired body of knowledge will present new opportunities and solutions with which success will have no limits.  In the teaching programme, we will prepare students to recognise and seize these opportunities, keep reading and searching for new knowledge, continuously develop the talents and skills necessary to face and devise solutions for the challenges of our day. This challenge of preparing a student’s lifelong success also poses our College a challenge to deliver this overarching learning outcome.

This new model of education makes our Business College distinctive among our competitors. With a highly productive faculty, the College of Business is distinguished for its innovative educational programmes. The vast majority of our faculties have both a Higher education qualification (Masters or PhD degree) and years of experience in the business world. They publish in refereed academic journals and the courses they teach integrate this academic knowledge with their business experience to train future leaders.

Under my leadership, the College of Business will focus on the evolution of our programmes to meet the needs of the future. We will undertake original research, continuously incorporate this new body of knowledge into teaching, produce ethical graduates who will have a curious mind. They will be critical thinkers, take existing boundaries as temporary and be strategic in their transactions.

In the years ahead, I want to build on our reputation as a leading provider of business, hospitality and law programmes. The areas I am especially interested in developing further include our research profile, our regional presence and our corporate connections. With the right people and programs in the right place, we’re creating a new standard in business education. We encourage you to visit our distinctive learning community in person to see what sets us apart and thus consider FNU as your University of first choice for tertiary education.

 

Professor Arun Elias

Dean for the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies