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New FNU Vice-Chancellor welcomed

The Fiji National University (FNU) hosted its new Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Nigel Healey, to a traditional welcoming ceremony this morning at the Nasinu Campus in Valelevu. FNU Chancellor, Iqbal Jannif, said the university was honored to have the position occupied after being vacant for 21 months. Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey, in his address to […]

Peni Shute

August 1, 2016 3:21 pm

The Fiji National University (FNU) hosted its new Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Nigel Healey, to a traditional welcoming ceremony this morning at the Nasinu Campus in Valelevu.

Fiji National University Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey with FNU's Matereti Sarasau during the traditional welcoming ceremony earlier today. (FNU)
Fiji National University Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey with (matavanua) FNU’s Matereti Sarasau during the traditional welcoming ceremony earlier today. (FNU)

FNU Chancellor, Iqbal Jannif, said the university was honored to have the position occupied after being vacant for 21 months.

Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey and the Chancellor and Chair of the FNU Mr Ikbal Jannif. (FNU)
Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey and the Chancellor and Chair of the FNU Mr Ikbal Jannif. (FNU)

Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey, in his address to the university staff and students, said he would use the global experience and knowledge he had to further develop the institution.

HEALEY: “I’d like to thank all FNU staff, academic and support staff, students, and our guests for coming along to this fabulous ceremony. I’d like to pay tribute to Chancellor, Mr Iqbal Jannif and the council for guiding the university through what has been a very unusual period. The change from one vice-chancellor finishing and a new vice-chancellor starting…an extraordinary long…I think I’ve never known a situation where as long as 21 months and I think the stability that the council has brought really does deserve recognition.”

Professor Healey previously served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean at the College of Business and Economics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

The newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Fiji National University (FNU) Professor Nigel Healey will assume his role in August this year.

Professor Nigel Healey with staff and students at Fiji National University’s Tiri Restaurant. (FNU)
Professor Nigel Healey with staff and students at Fiji National University’s Tiri Restaurant. (FNU)

In a statement for the FNU, Professor Healey said he is excited to take up the role.

HEALEY: “I am greatly looking forward to joining the FNU family in August and to working with everyone to take the next steps in FNU’s journey.”

Professor Healey said given Fiji’s location and the wide range of programmes offered at the university it provides greater collaborations with overseas institutions.

HEALEY: “Faculty exchange and joint research, for example, can play an important role in strengthening our academic capability and capacity. Fiji has many natural advantages, notably in tropical agriculture, fisheries, medicine and tourism, which can help attract foreign researchers and teachers to work with us in the islands.”

Mr. Healey emphasised on the need to cooperate closely with funders like the European Union to support faculty and student mobility and ensure FNU is fully engaged with initiatives like the Pacific Regional Indicative Programme.

He believes the need to invest in the development of academic staff to upgrade qualifications and to build both research capacity and capabilities.

Professor Healey will assume his appointment as the FNU Vice-Chancellor on Monday the 1st of August 2016.

Fiji National University has today announced the appointment of Professor Nigel Healey as its new Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Nigel Healey. Photo: britishcouncil.org.
Professor Nigel Healey. Photo: britishcouncil.org.

Mr Ikbal Jannif, Chancellor and Chair of the Fiji National University today announced the appointment:

JANNIF: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Healey as head of the Fiji National University following a very robust and transparent recruitment process. Professor Healey is a distinguished academic, having worked in many universities around the world in different capacities; he is an accomplished researcher and has a passion of developing dual sector education.”

“We are confident that given his vast experience and expertise in broad academic fields he will lead FNU to greater heights.”

Professor Healey is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.

Speaking of his appointment as the second Vice-Chancellor of Fiji National University, Professor Healey said:

HEALEY: “I am honoured to have been offered the chance to lead FNU at this exciting time in its development.”

Professor Healey has served as an economic policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Belarus and the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Russian Federation and managed a number of multinational research and economic developments in different parts of the world.

He was a member of the Universities New Zealand Committee on International Policy (2008-09). He is a citizen of New Zealand and his family is in Christchurch.

Professor Ian Rouse was previously the Acting Vice-Chancellor. He stepped down in October last year.  He succeeded Dr. Ganesh Chand, whose contract was terminated by the FNU Council earlier.

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