Message from the Vice Chancellor

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Professor Nigel Healey

Bula!

A university’s alumni (graduates) are its most important stakeholders.  As a university, we are judged by the quality of the graduates we produce and by the contribution our alumni make to business, government and society.  In turn, the value of a degree or diploma on a graduate’s curriculum vitae depends critically on the reputation of the awarding university.  There is symbiotic relationship between a university and its alumni – if one is successful, the glitter rubs off on the other; and vice versa.

Here at Fiji National University (FNU), we are proud of the achievements of our many thousands of alumni.  In turn, we aspire to make you, our alumni, proud of your alma mater.  Our university dates back to 1885, when Suva Medical School was founded.  FNU was founded in its current form in 2010 – like many modern universities around the world by the merger of long-established tertiary colleges.  In 2020, we will celebrate the 135th anniversary of our foundation as an educational institution and our 10th anniversary as Fiji’s national university.

As a ‘dual sector university’, FNU offers both technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education from diplomas through to doctorates.  In addition, FNU is home to the National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC), which provides in-service training for employers, so that they can continually upgrade their skills and qualifications.  With 20,000 students enrolled in our five colleges and another 10,000 students taking short courses at the NTPC, FNU provides a comprehensive system of post-secondary education and training that reaches every part of the Fijian society.

We are pleased to work with the Fiji National University Alumni Association (FNUAA) to better support our global family of alumni and, in turn, to reach out to our alumni for your support in making FNU even stronger in the years ahead.  There are many ways in which our alumni can support current staff and students.  Many of you enjoy successful careers and can give something back to your alma mater by mentoring current students, giving guest lectures and seminars or hiring our students as interns or employees.  You may like to offer some financial support, by supporting our hardship fund for students or helping us with scholarships.  Please let me know if you are interested in contributing in any way to the work of FNU.

Vinaka vakelevu!

Professor Nigel Healey

Vice Chancellor

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