TC Winston

Damage costs for FNU Raiwai campus yet to be known

The Fiji National University (FNU) is working with relevant stakeholders to finalize the damages and costs incurred from Tropical Cyclone Winston on its School of Creative Arts – UniStudio, Raiwai Campus. FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said rebuilding options would be discussed once costs of repair works are determined. HEALEY: “The Raiwai Campus suffered damage during […]

Salote Qalubau

August 26, 2016 10:27 am

The Fiji National University (FNU) is working with relevant stakeholders to finalize the damages and costs incurred from Tropical Cyclone Winston on its School of Creative Arts – UniStudio, Raiwai Campus.

The Fiji National University, Raiwai. School of Creative Arts. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
The Fiji National University, School of Creative Arts in Raiwai. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said rebuilding options would be discussed once costs of repair works are determined.

HEALEY: “The Raiwai Campus suffered damage during the height of Tropical Cyclone Winston. Fiji National University is working with the insurance companies and engineers to finalize the damages and costs involved. Once this exercise is completed we will explore our rebuilding options.”

Professor Healey said there were different processes and procedures that need to be adhered to before repair works could commence.

HEALEY: “The building was deemed unsafe following the damage. The academic term was restructured to give students an extended break immediately after TC Winston, to allow us to transfer and set up specialist equipment at our Nasinu campus. The UniStudio is a specialized campus and unfortunately, we cannot relocate everything to Nasinu. We have managed to bring most of the items.”

He said FNU was working to ensure that students would be provided with a conducive learning environment.

HEALEY: “We have moved decisively to minimize the impact on our students and we are committed to both the safety of our students and ensuring that they can complete their studies as planned. We are working hard to ensure that our students’ learning is not affected, apart from the change in the timetable due to the extended holiday period post-TC Winston. FNU regrets the damage to the Uni-Studio campus which was for reasons beyond its control.”

The Raiwai campus facilitates students studying under the following programs:

  • Music
  • Graphics and Sign Design
  • Film and Television
  • Media & Journalism and Public Relations
  • Hair and Beauty

Meanwhile, a sum of $142.6 million was allocated to rebuild education facilities in the 2016-2017 National Budget.

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