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Graduate Karunaratne Scoops Gold Medal

He said one of the main challenges for working students was balancing their responsibilities with their studies.
31 May 2022 02:00
Graduate Karunaratne Scoops Gold Medal
University of Fiji Gold medalist and Master of International Relations and Diplomacy graduate Jagath Karunaratne with his wife Radhika Karunaratne on May 27, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

University of Fiji graduate and gold medallist Jagath Karunaratne says he realised the importance of time after he faced numerous challenges while pursuing his education.

Mr Karunaratne was convicted of sedition in April 2018.

Despite this, he managed to graduate with a Master of International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Fiji last Friday and also received a gold medal for the most outstanding student.

“You might know I was facing a very challenging period since 2011. I went to prison two days before my LLB (Bachelor of Laws) graduation so I couldn’t graduate with the rest of my friends. I had to come out and wait for another year,” he said.

“While waiting to do my GDLP (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Programme) bar entry, that’s when I enrolled in this programme; I thought no, I can’t waste six months. I already wasted four months in prison, I realised the importance of time.”

He said he enrolled in the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy programme shortly after his release.

“I did two units, then got into my bar entry exams. Six months finish that and while practising as a Barrister and Solicitor, I continued my other six units in this programme,” he said.

He said one of the main challenges for working students was balancing their responsibilities with their studies.

“The first thing is that its unlike when you’re studying from high school to university because you continue a journey of studying as a young person; when you get into the studies at a mature age where you get into the workforce and coming back to studies is something that I think is not very easy to do,” he said.

He said he planned to pursue a PhD in Law.

Feedback: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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