August 24, 2016 2:30 pm

FNU signs MOU with New Zealand’s Waikato Institute of Technology

The Fiji National University has successfully signed a memorandum of understanding with the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) of New Zealand for an opportunity to learn and expand its borders.  Present to sign the MOU at the Grand Pacific Hotel was the Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor  Professor Nigel Healey and Director of the Centre for Sport Science and Human […]

The Fiji National University has successfully signed a memorandum of understanding with the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) of New Zealand for an opportunity to learn and expand its borders. 

Mr Greg Smith of WINTEC, NZ with FNU Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey signs the MOU in the presence of FNU Manager Development Dr Asaeli Tuibeqa. (FNU)
Mr Greg Smith of WINTEC, NZ with FNU Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey signs the MOU in the presence of FNU Manager Development Dr Asaeli Tuibeqa. (FNU)

Present to sign the MOU at the Grand Pacific Hotel was the Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor  Professor Nigel Healey and Director of the Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance of WINTEC, Mr Greg Smith.

Professor Healey said the MOU will allow the University to work closely with WINTEC in areas to further grow beyond the walls of FNU campuses.

HEALEY: “This will allow our five FNU Colleges and our National Productivity and Training Centre (NTPC) to collaborate and exchange information in the areas of learning, education and training.”

He said as a dual sector University focusing in both higher education and vocational studies, FNU is privileged with the opportunity to partner and work with international leaders in vocational education and training like WINTEC.

HEALEY: “FNU is the largest technical, vocational education and training (TVET) provider in the Pacific island countries and we need to constantly challenge ourselves to be sure that our programmes meet the needs of employers and draw on best practice. Working closely with the international partners allows us to benchmark on the best in the world.”

He added that education is a global sector and institutions like FNU cannot be inward looking.

HEALEY: “We need to be aware of the new learning systems and designs constantly being developed by academic institutions worldwide.”

Professor Healey said the MOU intends to encourage review, reform and rebuild of our local capacity and capability.

Mr Smith said the signing of the MOU marks a significant day for WINTEC and FNU.

SMITH: “It’s an important day for WINTEC as well and this is an important relationship to build on as we believe contributing to the Pacific is something very important to us.”

The World TVET conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel and will conclude today.