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MoU Signed for a New Centre of Excellence in IT

MoU Signed for a New Centre of Excellence in IT
From left: Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor Nigel Healey, Joint Director Centre of Development of Advanced Computing Abhinav Dixit, and Indian High Commssioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal after signing the Memorandum of Understanding at the Fiji National University Nasinu campus on August 7, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 08
12:11 2018

A Memorandum of Under­standing was signed be­tween Fiji National Univer­sity (FNU) and India’s-Fiji Centre for Development of Advanced Com­puting (C-DAC) yesterday.

The MoU will set out the opera­tional requirements for the new India-Fiji Cantre of Excellence in Information Technology.

This new partnership is a major leap forward by FNU in its digital capability.

The India-Fiji National Centre of Excellence in IT will be housed in dedicated facilities in A Block at Derrick Campus, Suva.

Under the partnership between FNU and C-DAC, the Government of India will fund the equipment for computer laboratories.

FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said they are delight­ed to be partnering with C-DAC, supported by the Government of India, to establish the India-Fiji Centre of Excellence in IT.

“C-DAC has a remarkable history in leading the development of IT, both hardware and software,” Mr Healey said.

“C-DAC will provide blocks of in­tensive six-month training, at one of the C-DAC teaching centres in India, for six FNU IT staff to allow them to upgrade their skills and qualifications and teach at the new Centre.”

“This training will be fully funded by the Government of India, in­cluding tuition, flights and accom­modation,” he said.

He said C-DAC will base its own experts at FNU to help launch the new India-Fiji Centre of Excellence in IT and develop a suite of IT train­ing programmes.

Mr Healey further said this year they have:

 Established a centre for distance and flexible learning to allow more course content to be accessible on­line from anywhere.

 Worked with Walesi and the Dig­ital Fiji project to provide compre­hensive Wi-Fi coverage across all their campuses.

High Commissioner of India to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said they are looking forward towards this pro­ject to witness the progress happen­ing.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the commitment to establish Centre of Excellence in IT in all 14 Pacific island countries under the umbrella of Forum for India-Pacif­ic Islands co-operation,” Mr Sapkal said.

“This Centre of Excellence in IT will become a hub for implement­ing a Telemedicine centre project so once the Centre of Excellence in IT will be established it will con­nect the best of the hospitals from India and you will have the best doctors from best hospitals from a click of a mouse.

“The best universities will also be connected with this network, so we are looking forward to successfully implementing this project and I don’t have any doubt that with the excellent co-operation by the Vice Chancellor and the team of FNU this will be a good thing happening in the near future,’ Mr Sapkal said.

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