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Unifiji Steps Up Plans For North Campus

The University of Fiji is stepping up plans to build a campus in Labasa. This has been confirmed by UniFiji Registrar Ambassador Kamlesh Arya who spent a week in Labasa
01 Oct 2018 11:00
Unifiji Steps Up Plans For North Campus
Participants with organisers gathered during the careers teachers’ workshop at Hotel NorthPole in Labasa on September 29,2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu

The University of Fiji is stepping up plans to build a campus in Labasa.

This has been confirmed by UniFiji Registrar Ambassador Kamlesh Arya who spent a week in Labasa recently visiting 20 schools looking for space.

“We have sighted some places, lands and buildings over a couple of years now,” Mr Arya said.

“What we are looking at something cen­tral, a hub of Labasa, and not too remote otherwise the students will have to bear extra costs.

“A plan for Labasa campus is already there; when and how it will come, time will tell.”

When asked how soon, Mr Arya said may­be by 2022.

“The campus will provide the same cours­es like the other two campuses of UniFiji at Samabula and Saweni,” he said.

“There is a need to branch out to North be­cause lot of students come to us.

“If we bring the programme here within the means then we will reduce the cost for the students.

“A campus in Labasa will first focus to help students not to be dislocated or strug­gle.

“They will not have to rent out or be so­cially dislocated which means there is no indiscipline.

“Parents will not be worried and students will only have to focus on study.”

He said out of the current 2500 student roll, ten per cent are from the Northern Di­vision.

“They are enrolled in the school of medi­cine, school of law and going through teacher training programme,” Mr Arya said.

“During my visits to the schools in Vanua Levu last week, I reminded the students to remain focused, move away from over con­fidence and do paper right.

“Failure is not the end of the road; it is the start of another journey.

“So, I told them if they do not make the cut, they can still join UniFiji and pursue higher education from different platforms.

“We have foundation programmes and also we have a program called unclassified.

“We had informed them options are avail­able and UniFiji is there to help.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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