The Fiji National University
(FNU) has extended its mid-semester break for all its students by an additional
week from Friday, 3 April to Monday 13 April.

The decision was made today
during the Senior Management Group (SMG) meeting.

Acting Vice-Chancellor
Professor James Pounder said in light of the global impact of COVID-19 and in
line with efforts by the Fijian Government to contain unnecessary spread in
Fiji, the University is following a similar precautionary approach.

“We have seen globally the
devastation COVID-19 can have on the population and its heart-breaking to see
so many innocent lives lost,” said Prof Pounder.

“The Fiji National University
is totally behind the efforts of the Fijian Government and relevant authorities
to ensure that this virus is contained and there are no more cases that are
recorded in the country.”

“Keeping this in mind and to
safeguard our students, staff and everyone in society, FNU will extend its
mid-semester break till the Easter Holidays,” added Professor Pounder.

This break extends to all FNU
students, including those from study under the Technical College of Fiji (TCF).
It applies to all students studying in the semester, trimester, penster and
quarter modes.

Students are advised that all
Colleges are 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.

Meanwhile, FNU Campuses and
Centres remain closed with essential staff remain on Campus to look after
residential students. FNU staff have, since last Monday (23 March), been
advised to work from home and this will also continue until the Easter break.

The situation will be reviewed
in due course, and staff and students are reminded to follow the University’s
social media page, website and FNUPR for any latest updates.

“I would like to thank you for
being socially responsible and putting the vulnerable in our society first by
practising safe hygiene, maintaining social distance and cutting down on your
movement,” said Prof Pounder.

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