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Shortage Of Civil Engineers: Ravai

There is a shortage of qualified civil engineers in the country, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has revealed. WAF chief executive officer, Opetaia Ravai revealed this during the signing
25 Mar 2017 10:40
Shortage Of Civil Engineers: Ravai
Fiji National University vice chancellor Professor Nigel Healey (second from left), and Water Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai (middle) at the MOU signing at Novotel Suva Lami Bay Convention Centre, yesterday.

There is a shortage of qualified civil engineers in the country, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has revealed.

WAF chief executive officer, Opetaia Ravai revealed this during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between WAF and the Fiji National University (FNU) at Novotel Convention Centre in Lami yesterday.

Mr Ravai said Fiji needs about 2000 civil engineers – and we have just over 200 of them.

At WAF, the company offers paid study leave to their staff who would like to study civil engineering to boost the numbers in the country.

“Looking at the current labour market, we are short of engineers.

“With the MOU between FNU and WAF, we are providing industrial work attachments to students as required by the university in order for them to graduate in their programme.

“It also provides opportunities to students to relate their academic learning in their areas of work,” Mr Ravai said.

FNU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey said the MOU provides opportunities for their students to participate in industrial attachments in civil, electrical and electronic and mechanical engineering.

“We will also have senior project managers and supervisors to assist the students as a part of the industrial advisory committee to allow better monitor of our students when they are on attachments,” Professor Healey said.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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