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Two Fijians Graduate From China University

Two Fijians Graduate From China University
From left: Fijian Embassy Second Secretary Amelia Cobona, Esala Niubalavu, Elina Lomaloma, Fijian Embassy Counsellor Ratish Singh Photo: Supplied
July 14
11:00 2018

The scholarship was funded by the China Ministry of Education Internal Exchange Programme by the China Scholarship Council of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Esala Niubalavu is one of two proud Fijians who re­cently graduated with Cre­dentials of Excellent Masters in Auditing from the Nanjing Audit University in China.

Mr Niubalavu and Elina Loloma were part of the Chinese Govern­ment Scholarship Masters in Au­dit Programme (CGSAMP) which began in October 2016, and ended last month.

Mr Niubalavu, 40, of Nakasale­ka, Kadavu, said the scholarship was offered through the China National Audit Office to all the Supreme Audit Institutions glob­ally funded by the China Ministry of Education Internal Exchange Programme by the China Schol­arship Council of the Belt and Road Initiative.

He said the programme and con­tents were aligned to his area of interests in government public sector auditing practices for pub­lic fund audit and majority of the courses illustrated the Chinese system of auditing.

He said as a foreign student, lan­guage was a major challenge, but as part of his course he studied basic Chinese language for two semesters to facilitate communi­cation.

“Even though there was difficul­ty in the language by the lectur­ers, the quality of lesson taught was practical.”

While away from his family, the father of five said: “Through my wife’s words of encouragement and my continuous commitment to the Lord I am where I am today.

“God has a lot more in store for my life – to live my dream which my mother always wanted of me, to aspire in unlocking the un­known.”

He said the graduation ceremo­ny was an emotional moment be­cause he constantly thought of his wife, children in Fiji and es­pecially his parents.

“Both my parents were there in all my prize-giving and tertiary graduation, but this time around they are no longer with me to cel­ebrate this joyous moment.”

Mr Niubalavu hopes to be a fu­ture visionary leader and a stra­tegic decision maker.

He aims to fight for the noble virtues of life, stay humble and learn to listen to people.

Mr Niubalavu said it was im­portant to respect the opinion of others, but at the same time also challenge them if need be.

“Young people must understand that it’s all about perseverance and hard work, “ he said.

“With it comes discipline and with consistent hard work, one will gain success.

“What I have achieved will be an inspiration to my children and to all young Fijians.”

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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