Founded on the principles of excellence, quality and education opportunity for all Fijians as well as our regional neighbours, 2020 marks a significant year in the Fiji National University’s (FNU) timeline as the tertiary institute celebrates its 10th-anniversary.

A series of events have
been planned which will highlight the University’s academic contributions and
historical achievements. Although it was formally established in 2010, the
institution is proud of its origins dating back to 1885 through its former
national institutions.

The University was
created by virtue of the FNU Act 2009, which amalgamated six government higher
education colleges, each of which had a long and distinguished academic
history. These institutions are Fiji School of Medicine (1885), Fiji School of
Nursing (1893), Fiji College of Advanced Education (1947), Fiji College of
Agriculture (1954), Fiji Institute of Technology (1963), Lautoka Teachers
College (LTC) and the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (1973).

Following the creation of
the University, the organisation structure was rationalised into five colleges
and one national centre – College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF),
College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS), College of
Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST), College of Humanities and Education
(CHE), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) and National
Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC).

FNU Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Nigel Healey said the University has remained true to the academic
tradition of vocationalism inherited from its founding colleges.

“All our programmes are
co-designed with employers, include a compulsory workplace attachment or
internship and are aimed at preparing “day one, work-ready” graduates.”

“At the same time, the
University has focused on developing a portfolio of academic qualifications –
from Certificate II to doctoral level, which reflects international best
practice and gives graduates the transferrable skills they will need to prosper
in the era of Industry 4.0.”

According to Professor
Healey, in its first 10 years, FNU has made great strides in establishing
itself as a leading university.

“Innovations in learning
and teaching include much more student-focused learning and problem-based
learning, supported by a range of digital technologies.”

“With generous financial
support from the Fijian Government, the University has invested heavily in upgrading
its facilities and constructing new state-of-the-art buildings,” he said.

To mark the 10th-anniversary
of the national university of Fiji, the institution will be opening a new
gymnasium complex and a new four-storey business school at the Nasinu Campus
and a new three-storey teaching building at the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA).

In parallel, a major
program of renovations is currently underway which will see all the
University’s halls of residences and catering facilities receive a facelift.

“FNU is embarking on its
second decade with confidence, committed to ensuring a world-class vocational
education, which is accessible to all Fijians – regardless of age, location or
physical ability, underpinned by socially-impactful research, which addresses the
country’s policy priorities,” Professor Healey added.

The 10th-anniversary
celebrations will officially be launched on Saturday, 15 February 2020 at the
Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva during a ceremony with invited guests.

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