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Rouse To Lead

Professor Ian Rouse says he is ready to face challenges and steer Fiji National University in a new and better direction. The new acting vice-chancellor said: “FNU has something like
30 Dec 2014 11:00
Rouse To Lead
Fiji Sun journalist Farisha Ahmed interviews Fiji National University’s newly-appointed acting vice-chancellor Professor Ian Rouse in Suva yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Professor Ian Rouse says he is ready to face challenges and steer Fiji National University in a new and better direction.

The new acting vice-chancellor said: “FNU has something like 35,000 students, these are young people, have their dreams and aspirations.”

“What the university should be about, is how I provide the best education so that these students can graduate and do what they want to do.

“For me as the acting VC, that is the critical issue; we need to look at what we are doing, how we provide the best quality education.”

The highly experienced Professor Rouse held top academic and university administration roles in Australia before coming to Fiji in 2009.

He has replaced Ganesh Chand whose contract was ended early before it expired by mutual agreement, said Mahendra Reddy, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and chairperson of the university council.

He confirmed the leadership change first published in the Fiji Sun yesterday.

Mr Reddy said Professor Rouse brought with him vast international experience.

Professor Rouse was the dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science.

He is being replaced in this role by Professor Rajat Ganeshwar as acting dean.

Professor Ganeshwar is the professor for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the college.

Professor Rouse said he was privileged to be given the opportunity to head the country’s locally owned university.

He said Fiji was a competitive place where people needed to work together.

“I think one of the great things about FNU and Fiji is that we provide a great service of education to the region,” he said.

“I think challenges are ahead for the university but I think they are going to be significant challenges and we need to work through those.”

Professor Ganeshwar said he was looking forward to maintaining the record set by the medical school so far.

“I do not have new plans as of now because Professor Rouse

was very good as the dean and I have a lot to learn,” he said.

“I have long association with the medical school as I was the acting dean when the first Military coup happened in 1987,” he said.

Professor Ganeshwar joined the medical school in 1980. He said after that he went to Sydney before returning to the country three years ago and rejoining the medical school.

“I have a deep attachment with the school and I feel that it has contributed a lot to Fiji as well as the Pacific Region,” he said.

He hopes to maintain the standard and record set by his predecessor.

Feedback: farisha.ahmed @fijisun.com.fj

 

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