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The Fiji National University has a distinctive role in improving lives of the community and the country.

Professor Jugdutt (Jack) Singh, a graduate and former faculty of the Fiji Institute of Technology now known as the College of Engineering, Science & Technology of the Fiji National University said the university plays a vital role in nation building.

“Events such as these transfers knowledge of human journey to future generations who intend to discover how best to utilise that knowledge; students are also prepared for a higher skilled job for the future to be leaders in developing and unwrapping new knowledge to revitalise our economy, strengthen our society and tackle the many problems that we as a community will face,” Professor Singh said.

Speaking during the public lecture series of the inaugural Alumni Homecoming Weekend, Professor Singh said as the country’s very own national university, it is the University’s role to prepare its students to positively impact the future and give back to the institute and country.

“Understanding that those educated locally are more likely to stay and populate the profession and deliver local relevance and innovations; the challenge is to couple local context with international relevance and impact,” he said.

“This highlights the need of relevant curriculum, developing research and innovation profiles in universities, investing in quality staff, infrastructure, international collaboration and partnerships. This becomes the platform to educate the workforce not only for now but also for the future.”

Professor Singh highlighted the ultimate goal of any university is to train its students for the global arena.

FNU Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey said bringing on board the Alumni Association will benefit young students greatly.

“Many of our Alumni are now very successful in business, politics and in various organisations; reconnecting with them and bringing them back to our campuses, we can work with them to support the basic teaching and learning of our current students. For example, helping them to mentor young students and share with them their experiences, give them advice and guidance on their careers, coming to our classrooms and give lectures having them explain how it works in the real world.”

Professor Healey said the Alumni have a huge potential contribution they can make in supporting and enhancing the quality of the University’s overall teaching and learning.

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