Graduates from the Fiji National University’s College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST) were challenged to become advocates for change by the chief guest, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate.

Speaking to 312 graduating students Minister Usamate said the world was changing rapidly through technology and everyone needed to be on par with these advancements.

“You must be able to exhibit the potentials that you have acquired throughout your training period at FNU.

You must not be scared to wade into new waters and new depths,” said Usamate.

“You must not allow yourself to remain idle for a long period of time but you must have the courage to join the workforce or create jobs in the workforce, and make a difference.”

“Get a job – or create a job – but keep investing in your growth – be aware of the changes taking place in your area of speciality, so that you remain relevant.

Be willing to start from the bottom and work your way up,” the Minister added.

Usamate acknowledged CEST’s contribution towards the development of Fiji’s workforce.

He said there was a huge demand of skilled trade people in the country and encouraged more people to take up technical and vocational studies.

“Today, the University is punching well above its weight in terms of producing such skilled human resources.

Today, all of us can be proud that our National University is doing well, that the CEST is doing well.

We can be proud that many people in Fiji, who now hold executive positions in many of our organisations, are former students of the University,” Usamate added.

FNU Chancellor, Ikbal Jannif said the 97 programmes that are currently being offered by the College have been established using the ‘staircase Model’ which allows students to progress up to the highest level.

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