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UniFiji First PhD Graduate Shares His Journey To Success

The PhD graduate from the University of Fiji says he de­vised a three to five year plan, stuck to it and suc­ceeded. Amar Singh will go down in history as
15 Dec 2018 17:27
UniFiji First PhD Graduate Shares His Journey To Success
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Narendra Reddy (fourth from left), standing next to Amar Singh with some Fiji Airways and University of Fiji staff members. Photo: University of Fiji

The PhD graduate from the University of Fiji says he de­vised a three to five year plan, stuck to it and suc­ceeded.

Amar Singh will go down in history as the first PhD holder who graduated this month with a Philosophy in Management from the uni­versity.

He is also the Manager Network Developments at Fiji Airways.

This week, his colleagues and the teaching faculty hosted a special celebration in honour of his historic achievement.

This is his journey.

Mr Singh said he had to overcome fear of failure among the mammoth tasks and challenges.

He hails from Kabisi Vil­lage in Sigatoka and gradu­ated with a Teachers Certif­icate in 1990, and taught in many primary schools for seven years.

He attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (double major in Accounting and Eco­nomics) in 1999, and began teaching at the Nadroga Arya College.

He further pursued and ob­tained his Masters of Busi­ness Administration De­gree from USP in 2003 and joined Fiji Airways in 2004 and at the same time com­menced part time teaching for USP’s MBA Programme from 2004 to 2010.

The University of Fiji’s MBA Programme started in 2011 and Mr Singh was fortunate to be given the op­portunity to teach on a part time basis.

As a pre-requisite to ob­taining his PhD Degree, Mr Singh completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Man­agement from the Univer­sity of Fiji.

“Before enrolling in the PhD Programme in 2015, I discussed with my super­visors what was expected from a PhD student and the challenges that I would face,” he said.

“I needed to ensure I was prepared to give my 100 per cent commitment towards my study and one of the pre-requisite was having a favourable study environ­ment.

“The timing was perfect as by then my two sons had already commenced study at USP. I moved to Malolo, Nadi mainly due to sav­ings in travelling time and I needed a new environment with limited disturbance.

“I come from the sugar­cane farming background and I pay my respect to my late father for instilling the discipline from an early stage in my life.

“He always emphasised that life is full of challeng­es and opportunities, but only for those who actually struggle to grab the oppor­tunities and overcome the challenges.

“He was very passionate for sugarcane farming and he would have been very proud that my research was based on sugarcane farm­ing.”

Mr Singh’s thesis topic was “Factors Causing a Decline in Fiji’s Sugarcane Production”.

The research focused on the design of the productiv­ity/profitability measure­ment framework in Fiji’s sugarcane farming and using the framework to de­termine the dominant con­trollable factors causing a decline in cane production.

It was common knowledge that sugarcane production was on a declining trend since the beginning of this millennium.

The research focused on the impact of controllable factors particularly, finan­cial, non-financial and so­cial and demographic fac­tors on cane production.

“It provides important feedback to stakeholders when developing strategies to increase production in future,” he said.

“I am confident, my achievement will inspire and motivate others to pursue higher educa­tion through various pro­grammes at University of Fiji and I would be eagerly waiting for other to join me in the new club.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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