Fiji National University
(FNU) has launched a new online learning platform in partnership with Crystal
Delta.

FNU today announced the
launch of its new online learning initiative called “FNU Online”.

As the national university,
FNU has been responsible for educating generations of Fijian doctors, nurses,
teachers, mechanics, engineers and much and accountants, through FNU’s existing
colleges and core values “New Skills, Practical Experience, Real
Opportunities”
.

The opportunity for FNU to
expand and create “FNU Online” will create pathways for any learner to enjoy
life-long learning through FNU regardless of their career pathway, programme or
geographical positioning. The University expects that FNU Online will further
enhance the educational experience and opportunity for students throughout Fiji
and Pacific nations, enabling the
University to continue to provide courses and content that will enrich the
real-world opportunities for Fijians and Pacific nations’ people.

By partnering with Crystal Delta to develop the FNU Online
digital learning platform, the University
will be able to target and enter new markets, bring all university content
online to improve accessibility and ensure continuity of learning.

Acting Vice-Chancellor,
Professor James Pounder said “I see this as a milestone initiative for
FNU. With Crystal Delta as our partner, we will be able to offer full
programmes and individual courses for working professionals who will not need
to leave their place of work to enhance their qualifications. Crystal Delta has
an excellent track record in providing a platform for in-company on-line
programmes coupled with a cashless payment system and I feel we are
partnering with the best in the business in this area”.

“Crystal Delta is proud to be part of the FNU Online journey, it is
a pivotal achievement for the growth and development for both the University
and the entire Pacific region,” said Mr Balaji
Baradhazhvar, CEO of Crystal Delta.

“As an Education
Technology company, it’s in our DNA to actively partner with universities and
particularly those in developing regions to improve, enhance and deliver online
learning that is relevant and connected. Crystal Delta has significant ties to
the region with our five Directors being proud Fijian and this is an exciting
moment for Fijian futures.”

FNU Online, allows the university to reach new students that are
not currently enrolled in the university, provide new online short courses that
meet industry needs for professional development, enabling new pathways for learners
to upskill, retrain, and transition into new career pathways. An FNU Online
will also enhance the ability for currently enrolled FNU students to study part
or all of their current degree program online through blended and/or fully
online learning models.

Through
this partnership, FNU and Crystal Delta will open up opportunities for just-in-time learning, learning on demand and
micro-credentialing from a reputable and digitally enhanced institution with a
track record of educational provision for transformative learning experiences
for a variety of learners and learning contexts.

Although the University has been working on its digital learning
strategy for some time, in the light of rising concerns about the spread of
COVID-19 and the effects of social distancing measures on teaching and
learning, it is now clear that learners need flexible and resilient education
systems. FNU Online offers a significant opportunity for the university to
effectively offer post-secondary education in a way that minimises the impact
on the success of our learners during such widespread global events.

The University through the
Centres for Flexible & E-Learning (CFEL) and Learning and Teaching
Enhancement (CLTE) is taking a leadership role in driving learning transformation.
The CFEL is especially committed to effecting this transformation through
digital capabilities – thereby bringing about a reconstructed university
business model and significantly enhancing the student experience.

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