Fiji Sun Editors Win Places In Prestigious Master’s Programmes

Two Fiji Sun editors have won scholarships to do their master’s degrees at internationally rated Chinese universities.
17 Jul 2021 18:31
Fiji Sun Editors Win Places In Prestigious Master’s Programmes
Fiji Sun’s managing editor Business, Maraia Vula and Fiji Sun’s deputy managing editor Production, Selita Bolanavanua. Photo: Leon Lord.

Two Fiji Sun editors have won scholarships to do their master’s degrees at internationally rated Chinese universities.

Managing Editor Business MARAIA VULA has been accepted into the Masters in Global Business Journalism Programme at Tsinghua University.

Tsinghua is one of China’s most prestigious institutes, and the hardest to win admission into.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is among many distinguished Tsinghua graduates.

Tsinghua’s Master’s in Global Business Journalism is run in partnership with Bloomberg, the global finance and business news service.

Ms Vula is a University of the South Pacific BCom graduate majoring in management, public administration and journalism.

Deputy Managing Editor Production SELITA BOLANAVANUA has won a place in the master’s in international politics programme at Beijing Language and Culture University.

This is a top ranking university with political science one of its leading programmes.

Ms Bolanavanua is a BBA graduate from one of India’s best business schools at Osmania University, Hyderabad.


The Chinese government has awarded 18 Fijian students scholarships in 2021 academic year. The winners were chosen following a rigorous selection process.

They were admitted to some of China’s top and most prestigious academic institutes.

Among all the recipients, three have been admitted in PhD programmes, four in Master’s programmes and 11 in Bachelor’s programmes.

They cover a wide range of fields like agricultural technology, journalism and communication, radiology, pediatrics, architecture, finance, power engineering and various others.

In face of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese universities have made alternative and innovative arrangements for international students.

Online learning is now extensively implemented.

Students outside China are encouraged to study with their teachers through the online platform.

When the situation relieves, they will go to the campus and start a new journey in China.


China is committed to supporting education and capacity building of developing countries, including Fiji, through various kinds of scholar-
ship and training programmes.

Every year, dozens of Fijian students go to China for academic education under the Chinese Government Scholarship scheme.

Up to now, around 300 students have studied in China to get academic degrees in medicine, agriculture, engineering, technology, finance, economics, laws, management, and education etc. And hundreds of Fijians have been trained in China in short term programmes.

Fiji Sun Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas said: “At the Fiji Sun we are strongly committed to building more meaningful journalism capacity in Fiji, with a growing focus on explanatory and solutions based work.

We are grateful to the Chinese Government and its embassy in Suva for continuing to provide such exciting opportunities for development of our journalists and journalism.”

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