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Differences Linked To Chand’s Exit

Differences over the future direction of the Fiji National University have led to the leadership change at the top. The Minister for Education and university council chairperson said this, adding
30 Dec 2014 10:59
Differences Linked To Chand’s Exit

Differences over the future direction of the Fiji National University have led to the leadership change at the top.

The Minister for Education and university council chairperson said this, adding that the change was done in a mutual and amicable manner.

In a press conference yesterday in Suva, Mr Reddy confirmed the departure of former FNU vice-chancellor Ganesh Chand. The story was first published in the Fiji Sun yesterday. He also confirmed the appointment of the dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Professor Ian Rouse, as acting vice-chancellor.

Mr Reddy said during the council meeting last Tuesday, the change in vice- chancellorship was agreed.

“Following discussions for a re-direction and consolidation of the university’s strategic focus, the council chairperson, the University Council, and Mr Chand agreed that the vice-chancellor’s employment contract be brought to an end before its expiry,” Mr Reddy said.

He admitted there were some slight divergence in the direction the university was headed and the change in vice-chancellorship was an opportune time to refocus on boosting quality education.

“We discussed and we thought that it is important that instead of having any differences, I think this is the best time that we refocus on boosting the quality,” he said.

“What we want for the next three to four years is to consolidate on what we have on the ground and build on that, improve quality, bringing it to the highest of standards.

“That is the direction we want to focus on. We want to ensure that what we are offering is top quality which is decided by staffing, the overall basic infrastructure and resources, like libraries, labs, workshops,” he said.

The university thanked Mr Chand for his contribution during the last five years including the establishment of the university but felt that “a fresh mind and new direction” was needed to take the university forward.

Dr Chand who still had three years left for his contract to expire was unavailable for comment. Contacts made to his phone were left unanswered. A Fiji Sun team also made another visit to his home yesterday afternoon but he was away.

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 

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