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Programme Boost For Our Tech Colleges, Universities

Staff from the University of Newcastle in Australia will soon visit Fiji to assist in the enhancing of programmes offered here at our universities. This was revealed by the Minister
01 Apr 2016 11:43
Programme Boost For Our  Tech Colleges, Universities
Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy

Staff from the University of Newcastle in Australia will soon visit Fiji to assist in the enhancing of programmes offered here at our universities.

This was revealed by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, following a meeting with representatives from the Australian university.

Minister Reddy said that delegates from the University of Newcastle have also agreed to send in their staff to assist with the programmes offered in the 11 established Technical College campuses here, as part of their outreach programme.

Mr Reddy also proposed that the university assist the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in enhancing quality programmes that were being offered by Fiji’s tertiary education providers.

“Our concern for some time now has been the quality of graduates coming out of the universities,” Mr Reddy said.

“Thus, we need to ensure that our HEC is focused on this and has the required technical expertise to assist in this mandate.

“There is a lot of knowledge out there in communities which is not picked up by universities.

“There are people who don’t have higher qualifications but are experts in different thematic areas.

“We need assistance in mainstreaming this knowledge before it is lost.”

University of Newcastle Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Kevin Hall, and the chair and director for Global Centre of Environmental Remediation, Professor Ravi Naidu, were part of the meeting.

The two representatives assured Mr Reddy that they would provide all their support and assistance to strengthen the quality of education in Fiji.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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