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Awards attract Asia

Sherita Sharma
Thursday, December 13, 2012

THE Public Service Commission will send more students to be trained in Asia next year.

PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand confirmed the commission would be increasing the number of in-service and pre-service students to training institutions in countries like China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Indonesia substantially.

"The recent increase in awards granted by these countries to Fiji has been the major contributing factor to Fiji's close engagement with Asian countries in the education and training sector," he said.

Mr Chand said Fiji currently had about 200 trainees on long-term study programs in China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Indonesia and PSC expected this number to increase to more than 250 in 2013.

He said this increase was attributed to Fiji's Look North policy and the growing attractiveness of training in Asia because of affordability, improved quality of training, accessibility and Fiji's growing bilateral relationships with countries in Asia.

He also said the number of short-term training programs supported by Asian development partners had increased significantly.

"This year, over 500 training programs were on offer to Fiji residents to study in Asian institutions and agencies."

Mr Chand confirmed there was likely to be a 25 per cent increase in the number of trainees going for pre-service and in-service courses in Asia in 2013.

He said all aspiring government-sponsored students had been advised to secure placements in universities in Asian countries next year.

It is anticipated that more than 20 students will receive PSC overseas scholarship awards next year and study in reputable Asian universities.





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