CIVIL engineering graduates from the Fiji National University (FNU) will be given preference for future job opportunities on project sites around Fiji.
The FNU has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Railway First Group (CRFG) that will allow students to engage in practical attachments with the company during their study program. Under the agreement students on both short-term and long-term practical attachments will be stationed at project sites and get paid.
FNU planning and development director Dr Michael Gregory said this would also entail technical co-operation and exchange in the field of agriculture and tourism as CRFG expands and diversifies its business interests in Fiji.
"Taking into consideration that the government of Fiji has already professed publicly that Fiji's economic growth has real potential opportunities that will arise with the Look North Policy of engaging with China in achieving sustained economic growth, this relationship and others that would be forged in the near future is timely," Mr Gregory said.
CRFG chief executive Qiao Yong said he was honoured to witness the historic moment and another new chapter in Fiji and China's friendship.
"We honour FNU as Fiji's leading university," said Mr Yong.
"The young generations carry the hope of the country and the nation's future development lies in the hands of youths with passion, knowledge and dreams."