Fiji National University (FNU) has extended its break for all its students till Friday 17 April, with online classes now scheduled to commence from Monday 20 April.
The decision was made during a
Senior Management Group (SMG) meeting yesterday.
Professor James Pounder said the decision was in line with measures being
implemented by the Fijian Government to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in
According to Professor
Pounder, FNU is also concerned with the welfare of its students and staff and
is following a similar precautionary approach.
“We are working closely with
our line ministry, the Ministry of Education, government agencies and with
other tertiary institutions to safeguard everyone from this pandemic,” said Professor
“Fiji National University
applauds the continued efforts of the Fijian Government and all agencies
involved in battling COVID-19.”
The break extends to all FNU
students, studying in semester, trimester, penster and quarter modes and including
those studying under the Technical College of Fiji (TCF).
All Colleges are currently
working on updating their Moodle course sites with online content and
activities for students. Students and academic staff have been circulated
relevant guides and resources in preparation for greater online learning and
teaching. The University will be using this extended break to further pilot the
online mode to ensure a smooth transition.
For online postgraduate
programmes, the online delivery will continue. Assessment modification will be
considered where appropriate for this group of students. For online
undergraduate courses, the delivery may continue but assessments procedures and
timings need to be modified to suit all enrolled students wherever possible. For
any queries, please liaise with your course coordinators and HODs.
A gentle reminder to all Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates that
their programme continues with online delivery of research preparatory courses
and regular online meetings with their supervisors. HDR candidates are not
entitled to a mid-semester break, however, full-time HDR candidates are
entitled to 20 days annual leave, and part-time candidates are allowed 10 days
The Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research is contactable via email
to organise online candidature confirmation; mid candidature confirmation and
Meanwhile, FNU Campuses and
Centres remain closed with essential staff only on Campus to look after
residential students. FNU staff have, since Monday 23 March, been advised to
work from home and this will continue until further notice.
The University operations are
being reviewed regularly and staff and students are reminded to follow the
University’s social media page, website and FNUPR for any latest updates.
Students and staff are also
advised to strictly adhere to the movement restrictions that have been
implemented by Government, including the 8pm to 5am daily curfew hours.