The
excited chatter of newly-enrolled students could be heard throughout the hall
during the Fiji National University’s (FNU), first Orientation session which
began this morning at the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF)
in Koronivia.

Students
were officially welcomed by FNU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey, who
informed the fresher’s that they were entering University at an interesting
time in their lives.

“We
welcome you as the newest members to join our ranks, you’ve worked very hard to
reach this point in your lives,” Prof Healey said.

“I’m
sure you’re excited to be embarking on a new venture. University is your
opportunity to grow intellectually and personally and become who you want to be
in life.”

“The
good news is that the FNU family is here to support you in your journey. Our
academic staff are here to teach, mentor and guide you in your studies. Our
student services team is here to give you and the counselling and advice you
need to access the help.”

“Our
professional services divisions in areas like the library, finance, catering
and accommodation are here to ensure you have the resources and facilities to
succeed in your studies.”

Prof
Healey advised the students that the FNU Students’ Association (FNUSA) would
also be on hand to support members with a range of social and cultural events
to make their time at FNU as enjoyable and enriching as possible.

Dean
CAFF, Professor Paul Iji, added that students studying at the College in the
Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Veterinary Science fields would be
provided high quality education and experience hands-on learning.

“These
are outdoor professions and so we are here to train you for the outdoors,” Prof
Iji said.

“You
have made the right choice to choose this place to study. We are teaching you
to create your own jobs, set up your own farms, set up your own forestry
business. Be a vet doctor with your own white coat in your clinic.

“We
place emphasis on entrepreneurship. We want you to create your jobs.”

Prof
Iji said the newly-enrolled students would be assisted by the staff, current
students and alumni to adapt to their new learning environment to ensure they
succeed throughout their study period at the College.

“You
have made the right choice to choose this place to study. We are all here to
help you succeed.”

“University
is a fun place. I want you to study, have fun and be open to new experiences,
ideas and challenges.”

Brief
presentations by the various divisions and support services at the College were
made so students were aware of the services and facilities available to them. A
campus tour was also organised, with current students conducting site tours to
laboratories, library, common areas, cafeteria and classrooms.

Among
the students being welcomed on campus were trio Deepshika Prakash, Namarata
Maan and Kritesh Kumar.

The
former Tilak High School students from Lautoka said the orientation provided
them with the information they needed to begin their higher education journey
at FNU.

The
three are enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry,
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Higher
Education Diploma in Animal Health
programmes respectively.

“We
chose to study at FNU because of the quality and range of programmes they offer
us,” Prakash said.

“We
were happy to hear the Dean say during his speech that students will get
hands-on learning because that is the best way to learn. We will also be on
industrial attachment before we graduate so by the end of our programmes we
will have the skills and qualifications needed,” Kumar added.

Orientation
sessions will be held at all FNU Campuses and Centres throughout the week.

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