ACTING Minister for Education Commander Viliame Naupoto met up with the Fiji Higher Education board members and the vice chancellors of the three biggest providers of tertiary education in Fiji this week.
In his discussions with the Fiji National University, USP and the University of Fiji, Commander Naupoto said it was a great opportunity for him in his acting capacity as the Minister for Education to educate himself on the issues surrounding the higher education and the universities.
"It has been a very useful meeting," Commander Naupoto said.
"What was discussed was basically on getting people who have the right qualifications to meet the needs of the country which is the bottom line right now under the Education Ministry.
"The meeting gave the vice chancellors an opportunity providers to speak with the commission.
Commander Naupoto said it also gave the commission an opportunity to find ways of assisting the universities better this year and in the future.
"This meeting is a great step in developing Fiji's higher education, the step might be shorter but we are making progress.
"One of the areas that the ministry will focus more on this year is the engineering field."
He said they were looking at ways in which engineering studies in tertiary education could meet the demand in Fiji.