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Fiji: Universities ink deal

 Fiji National UniversityThe Fiji National University (FNU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Fiji (UOF) to promote inter-institutional collaboration.

According to a statement, the deal indicates the willingness of the universities to share research, conference hosting, publications, reports and other academic information.

The Lautoka-based university is the sixth tertiary institution to sign a deal with FNU since its inception in 2012.

The two universities signed the MoU in the presence of the FNU council. Council chairperson and Education Minister Filipe Bole said the agreement was based on the principles of mutual respect and the belief both parties would gain strength from their relationship.

FNU vice chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand described the arrangement as an umbrella under which both universities could get into specific projects or areas for further development of the Fiji’s tertiary education sector. “This is a win-win situation for both universities.For example, UOF has significant expertise in the i-Taukei language and culture from which FNU can gain and FNU has expertise in many areas in which they can win.”

“Together the whole student population will benefit,” he said. UOF vice chancellor Dr Mahendra Kumar said through the MoU, both universities would mutually benefit from each other’s expertise and resources.

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