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Open Day Rippling Effect Works Well For North

Open Day  Rippling Effect Works Well For North
FNU Labasa Administrator Sebiuta Utoni (Left) with students of Vatuvoni Adventist College in Labasaa on July 21 2017. photo: Peni Drauna
July 22
11:36 2017

The rippling effect of the Labasa Fiji National University Open Day is getting bigger and better every year so says administrator Sebiuta Utoni.

Ms Utoni made the comment following the big turn-out at the Katonivere Park yesterday of which close to 2500 students turned up to draw information and knowledge from the Open Day.

“We are proud to have students from all secondary schools within the vicinity attending the open day,” Ms Utoni said.

“The exhibitions, programmes and counselling offered add value to the success stories of our graduates from Labasa and other campuses,” she said.

“Majority of the students are excited about not having to leave home to further their studies.

She said Labasa campus started in 1995 with short courses in engineering and it had grown big in pulling students within the Northern division now.

“We have numerous programmes from preliminary, foundation, bachelors, diploma and certificate for short course programmes.

“North students do not need to go to Viti Levu and face the consequences of having to live with others to get a tertiary qualification.

“Most drop-out and end up on the other side of the law.

“The newly introduced courses and programmes will definitely boost our labour reservoir here.

FNU hopes to contribute to the Look North programme by equipping its citizens with qualifications to meet the labour market expectation.

Students from Cakaudrove, Bua, and Macuata as far as Ratu Luke Secondary School, Vatuvonu Adventist College, Valebasoga Secondary School, Waiqele College, Saint Bedes College and Naleba College turned up in numbers.

RLSS Year 13 student Laisa Adi, of Bua said the open day in Labasa had expanded her choice with regard to her career choice with the many opportunities offered at FNU.

“I want to become a physiotherapist as this open day is the pathway towards my career,” Ms Adi said.

“Travelling from a far distance for this open day was worth it.”

Pete Vosayaco, a Year 13 student of Vatuvonu Adventist College at Buca Bay in Cakaudrove said the open day was good as it has challenged him to score better marks.

“I want to do Bachelor in Agriculture as this open day makes me to work hard with my school work to achieve my career,” Mr Vosayaco said.

“The beauty of it is after completing the course I can always return home to assist and improve agriculture on Vanua Levu,” he said.

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