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FNU Graduates Record High Employment Rate: Healey

FNU Graduates Record  High Employment Rate: Healey
Korean students performing the Polynesian song ‘Pate Pate’ at the official opening of the International Youth Fellowship World Culture Camp at Thurston Gardens.
June 06
10:00 2018

The Majority of the students from the Fiji National University (FNU) are able to secure paid employment within four months of completing their studies.

Speaking at the opening of the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) World Culture Camp in Suva on Monday night, FNU Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said graduate employability is important because it indicates how the institution was performing in terms of meeting the employment demand.

“FNU is a vocational, dual-sector university and we have put great emphasis on the importance of achieving high rates of graduate employability,” Mr Healey said.

“Our surveys of students graduating each April, roughly four months after they completed their studies, show that 80-90 per cent consistently report being in paid employment and this is in line with many developed countries.

“So this is a good sign for students who are intending to join the Fiji National University.”

Mr Healey said FNU was proud to partner with IYF once again because it shared its noble vision of creating a better educated society.

IYF was established as a worldwide youth organisation and international non-governmental organisation by Pastor Ock Soo Park in South Korea in 2001.

 

IYF’s vision is to;

* raise next generation leaders who possess an intellectual and humble character with a global insight.

*Provide realistic solutions and strive for the development of human welfare through various social service activities.

* Pursue improvement of mutual understanding and unity between countries and nationalities through various international exchange activities.

“As Fiji’s National University, FNU shares this noble vision.  Fiji has a large population of young people.  Half our population is under the age of 29,” Mr Healey said

“Fiji is currently in our ninth year of unbroken economic growth.  To continue at this impressive rate of economic growth, we need to invest in the skills and education of our young people, to develop them into the leaders of tomorrow.”

In South Korea the rapid growth and development was built on investing in the education of its young generation.

In the 1960s, less than 10 per cent of young people enrolled in tertiary education.  From the late 1970s, this percentage increased dramatically, and today over 90 per cent of high school students in South Korea stay on for some form of tertiary education – either technical and vocational education or higher education.

Educating young people created a highly skilled and productive labour force in South Korea, allowing the development of household name companies like Samsung, Hyundai Kia and LG to innovate and export to the rest of the world.

Tertiary education in South Korea is made relevant for the needs of business and its colleges and universities have fostered very close links with the major employers.

“Fiji is on a similar journey of investment in the education of our young people, which is underpinning our rapid economic growth.  Back in 2006, only about 16 per cent of Fiji’s school leavers went on to tertiary education,” Mr Healey said.

“Twelve years later, with the establishment of FNU as the country’s national university in 2010 and the introduction of the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) to cover tuition fees and living costs in 2014, the percentage of young people who enroll in tertiary education has leapt to 60 per cent

“This is a four-fold increase.

“FNU has sought to emulate the Korean example, by building and maintaining very close links with industry to ensure that our graduates are highly-employable and ‘day one work-ready’.

“All our programmes are co-designed with ‘Industrial Advisory Committees’ to ensure they meet employers’ needs and all our students undertake an attachment to prepare them for the labour market.”

More than 1000 people gathered at Thurston Gardens on Monday night for the opening of the IYF Fiji Camp.

The guests, the majority of whom were secondary school students, enjoyed a night of empowering speeches and entertainment.

President of Fiji, His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote conducted the official opening and also present was the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou and other invited guests.

The IYF Fiji Camp will be held for three days. The FNU team will be present during the three-day event to provide academic counselling to students and the general public.

 

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