The Fiji National University (FNU) will work together with academic and writer Dr Mohit Prasad to compile a history of the University, primarily focusing on the first 10 years, but paying tribute to its roots in the six tertiary colleges that date back to the 19th century.

The work, which is set to commence later this week, is part of the 10th-anniversary celebrations of FNU to be marked next year.

Dr Prasad was commissioned to lead this project following a public call for Expressions of Interest by the University last month.

FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said the project is significant in terms of tracing the footsteps of iconic institutions which laid the foundations of Fiji’s higher education system, as well as supporting neighbouring Pacific Island countries.

“The Fijian higher education system is very rich and interesting when you study it in detail. FNU is very proud that we have strong legacy of institutions that provided higher education to the people of Fiji and the wider region, who have helped shaped today’s economy and society,” said Professor Healey.

“Given the uniqueness of the way FNU was formed and knowing that we celebrate our 10th anniversary next year, we are undertaking this important project to map our birth dating back to the last century.”

“At the end of this project we hope to have a documented research portfolio of the history and significant milestones of FNU and the former national institutes that combined to form the University in 2010,” VC Healey commented.

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