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Rouse Steps Into Action

The acting vice-chancellor for the Fiji National University Professor Ian Rouse has his priorities set on students. Professor Rouse said his main focus was to make sure that everybody was
03 Jan 2015 11:23
Rouse Steps Into Action

The acting vice-chancellor for the Fiji National University Professor Ian Rouse has his priorities set on students.

Professor Rouse said his main focus was to make sure that everybody was ready the new academic year.

“In a couple of weeks we will have close to about 35,000 students across all campuses in Fiji, so the highest priority is how we are starting the programmes,” he said.

“For me, it is to make sure we understand which students are coming in which programmes. We have the right staff, and all the facilities ready.”

He said every university had to firstly focus on the students on whatever level they were and provide quality education.

“These students should feel, whether they are returning students or are new students, that this is an exciting place to be.

“My highest priority is to ensure that all the facilities are ready so we can welcome the students.”

He said the students were the life of the university and wished students got enrolled in the right programmes.

 

Programmes

This year the university does not have many new programmes, however one of the significant areas that would see some development is the surgeries.

“One of the significant one of which we have received the approval is for surgery programme which we have completely re-written for Diploma, Postgraduate and Masters,” Professor Rouse said.

 

Facilities

The university is about to go through a quick review of all teaching spaces to make sure that the right facilities are available for the students.

“We have to make sure we have the right number of lecture theatres, tutorials, labs spaces are properly equipped so that students from day one can have the best experience.

“The university has certain programs where we need to develop new campuses and new programme facilities within campuses and they going to be looked as a priority.

“Some things are currently in the process of being developed, in the business school, teaching facilities in the hospitality and tourism.”

Part of FNU’s 2020 strategic plan is Government’s Look North Policy.

“There is a programme to develop a campus in Labasa and to further develop the facilities in Lautoka and Nadi.”

 

Intakes

The university is not anticipating any increase in the number of intakes, but hopes to maintain the record number of intakes from last year.

“With the changes in Government policies with the toppers scheme, the available of loan scheme there had been a significant increase in the numbers in some areas last year but we could not take any more,” Professor Rouse said.

“There may be some space in some fields like education, business and hospitality, tourism and engineering, but I don’t think there would be any vast increase in numbers.

“We might have similar numbers like last year,” he said.

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 



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