Education

NZ provides $7m boost for higher education

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) of New Zealand has provided a five-year grant of $7 million to support the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) enhance the quality and relevance of Fiji’s higher education sector. Education Minister, Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy signed the grant agreement which will commence next month. The grant, which […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 2, 2016 11:20 am

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) of New Zealand has provided a five-year grant of $7 million to support the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) enhance the quality and relevance of Fiji’s higher education sector.

Education Minister, Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy signed the grant agreement which will commence next month.

The grant, which is part of the New Zealand Aid Programme, is for the implementation of the FHEC’s 2016-2021 Improvement Programme.

Improvements will focus on:

  • qualifications and standards development to meet industry needs
  • improving the quality of higher education delivery and assessment
  • supporting better use of technology through strategic planning and systems integration
  • enabling of institutional linkages and provision of technical expertise
  • investing in the capability and systems of the FHEC

While implementation is the role of the FHEC, the New Zealand High Commission in Suva on behalf of the MFAT will provide support and close monitoring of progress throughout the implementation process.

FHEC Chairperson, Dr Milika Sobey thanked the MFAT New Zealand for their timely support as the FHEC has a lot to do for the nation about higher education development.

Dr Sobey added that New Zealand’s support also reflects its confidence and assurance in the work of the FHEC.

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