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$40 Million Fiji National University Labasa Campus Construction on Track

‘Will be able to accommodate at least 3000 students. We are thankful to the Govt for its full support’ - Nigel Healey, FNU Vice Chancellor
15 Jul 2019 13:08
$40 Million Fiji National University Labasa Campus Construction on Track
An artist’s impression of the Fiji National University Labasa Campus.

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) new Labasa Campus is expected to be opened in February, 2020.

This was revealed by FNU vice-chancellor Nigel Healey during a visit to the campus site by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Immigration and Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan.

Mr Healey said the first phase of construction had begun and if good weather prevailed the work would be completed by the end of this year.

“This new campus is expected to be built at a cost of $40 million,” he said.

“The pre-phase, which included the lifting of the area to above 2.5 metres so it could be above flood level, has been done and now we are into the first phase, which is the construction of the building.

“Currently FNU is renting a site in Labasa Town.

“The construction of our campus and Damodar City, which is located closer to us, will have a great synergy and attract more students.

“The new campus will be able to accommodate at least 3000 students.

“We are thankful to the Government for its full support.

“With the civil works and first phase, about $30 million has been used.”

Fiji National University Labasa Campus vice-chancellor Nigel Healey (middle), with Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Immigration and Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan (right), on July 12, 2019. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Fiji National University Labasa Campus vice-chancellor Nigel Healey (middle), with Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Immigration and Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan (right), on July 12, 2019. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Mr Karan was impressed with the development.

“Seen the site I feel this would be a great icon in Labasa,” he said.

“Government has worked in numerous ways to help students stay around their area with their families and study.

“I am happy to note that a lot of development work is taking place around the campus, which will create employment.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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