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Students Thrive On Infomation At FNU Open Day

Students Thrive On Infomation At FNU Open Day
Students at the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Animal and Husbandry shed. Fiji National University Industrial Art student, Krishal Prasad (left) left explains a solar powered irrigation system for multipurpose use to Antonio Kumuaiwalu (right) a student of LDS College during the FNU Open Day at Nasinu Campus on July 19, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar LDS Year 10 student, Maciu Nilabuka (right) with fellow students during the Fiji National University College Open Day at
July 20
11:00 2018

Excited secondary school students dressed smartly in their uniforms arrived bright and early at Nasinu Cam­pus, one of the three venues that is hosting the Fiji National Univer­sity (FNU) Open Day.

They were eager and ready to discover the wide range of pro­grammes on offer and also to firm up on their choice of study at uni­versity.

The FNU Open Day which began yesterday will end today. It is be­ing hosted at three centres, Nasinu Campus (Central Division), Na­tabua Campus, Lautoka (Western Division) and Labasa Civic Centre (Northern Division).

Fiji National University vice chancellor professor Nigel Healey in his welcome remarks reminded the students of the importance of spending quality time at each of the display booths.

And to interact with senior aca­demics and current FNU students so they are able to get a better un­derstanding of the programmes of­fered at FNU as well as the correct pathways towards achieving their respective career goals.

“Think of the open day as the academic equivalent of an interna­tional car show,” Mr Healey said.

“All our colleges and all our pro­grammes are on show here.

“You can browse the exhibitions, talk to our staff and students, and find out more about what each pro­gramme entails and the job pros­pects when you graduate.”

Since FNU’s programmes have a strong vocational focus Professor Healey said it was important for prospective students to think care­fully about the career they wanted to have and need to choose the right programme and major.

“For example, if a student wants to become an accountant, they need to select the right courses to meet the requirements for a Certi­fied Professional Accountant ac­creditation,” he said.

“While changing programmes and majors is possible, it often prolongs the period of studies for students.

“Open days are a good way for stu­dents to browse, while deciding a broad area of study.

“For example engineering, ag­riculture, medicine or business. Students can then focus and decide which particular course they are interested in for example in engi­neering programmes are offered in the fields of civil, mechanical or electrical.”

Professor Healey also highlighted good news for current and future students.

Because under the ‘digitalFIJI’ initiative led by Walesi, which recently launched the free-to-air digital boxes and the Walesi mobile app (which allows digital TV to be viewed on a smart phone), the Gov­ernment is funding Walesi to work with FNU to install high-speed wifi across all campuses and centres.

“We are investing having in tech­nology, to reach more students with blended learning programmes to help people study in their own com­munities,” Mr Healey said.

“We recently connected the uni­versity directly to the Southern Cross submarine cable, which means our broadband speeds are now superfast.

“We are working with Walesi to ensure that all our campuses and teaching centres have comprehen­sive wifi access, wherever you are on campus.”

All three FNU Open Day venues feature displays from all five col­leges of the Fiji National Universi­ty namely the College of Humani­ties and Education (CHE), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS), College of En­gineering, Science and Technol­ogy (CEST), College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS) and the College of Ag­riculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF).

In addition to this there are dis­plays set-up by teams from the sup­port sections of the university.

These include the library, student services, the FNU Students’ Asso­ciation as well as several impor­tant stakeholders such as the Ter­tiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB).

Students can get important infor­mation from TSLB if they need fi­nancial assistance as they plan to pursue their tertiary education.

More than 100 secondary schools will visit the three open day ven­ues. Together with members of the public, the total number of visitors to this event should be more than 10,000.

The FNU Open Day continues to­day Friday 20 July from 9am – 5pm at all three venues.

SOURCE: Fiji National University

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