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Rawaico, Vosailagi Tell Why They Chose Engineering

Rawaico, Vosailagi Tell Why They Chose Engineering
Fiji National University engineering students Rupeni Rawaico (left) with Litiana Vosailagi on July 12, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar
July 13
11:00 2017


Meet some students of the Fiji National University’s College of Engineering, Science and Technology at Derrick Campus in Samabula, Suva.

The students who are pursuing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering spoke to Fiji Sun as part of the build-up to FNU’s Open Day on July 20 and 21.

They believed that engineering is not only for men but women also.

The students interviewed were Rupeni Rawaico, 21, of Tubou, Lakeba in Lau and Litiana Vosailagi, 22, of Vanuaso, Gau Island.

Mr Rawaico is pursuing a Diploma in Automotive Engineering while Ms Vosailagi is pursuing a Diploma in Road Transport Technology Engineering.


How was the transition from high school to university life like?

“From high school to university life, you have to learn to be more realistic and focused in life and career goals,” Mr Rawaico said.

“The university life is filled with challenges and life’s lessons whereas high school life is more relaxed and more fun because university life requires your attention, focus and dedication,” Ms Vosailagi said.


Why did you choose FNU?

“FNU has more options for engineering,” Mr Rawaico said.

“FNU is not only theory based but has more practical work involved to have an idea of what can be expected in the work field with different types of vehicles and engineering problems,” Ms Vosailagi said.


Why did you choose to study engineering?

“Engineers are well recognised in their field because engineers meet the human resource need of Fiji to work in cars, buses, airplanes and infrastructure as well. It’s not just concentrated to one section but the whole engineering field,” Mr Rawaico said.

“Engineering is not an easy field because it requires a lot of knowledge and dedication as one small mistake can be a risk and that’s why I chose FNU because our lecturers help us with not only the theory but practical work as well,” Ms Vosailagi said.


What is your best advice for high school students who wish to join FNU to pursue engineering?

“Engineering is a field that does not require high marks in high school because it is very different from what we learn in high school. FNU has a lot of programmes in the engineering field that you can choose from and level up as you go.

“It also provides you with more of practical work that you get to experience in the daily work life with all the tools and necessary knowledge.

“Engineering is not only for male students as it was known before. There are now more females who are interested in engineering. All you need in engineering is dedication, motivation, patience and good memory to memorise the necessary equations of engineering,” they said as they shared their thoughts on the issue. Edited by Naisa Koroi



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