THE medical faculties of the University of Sydney and the FNU have signed a deal that will result in more shared research between them and possible exchange programs.
FNU College of Medicine dean Professor Ian Rouse said an MOU between the universities formalised a long relationship between them.
"It will encourage the participation of teaching and learning, student exchange, staff exchange, and also particularly in terms of developing our research capability," he said.
Professor Iqbal Ramzan, the dean of Sydney University's Faculty of Pharmacy, said his university looked to engage with its neighbours, which led to the MOU with "the premier university in Fiji which trains doctors and health professionals".
"We want to see how we can assist FNU and the government of Fiji in addressing some health concerns in Fiji, such as non communicable chronic diseases and infectious diseases, and we also want to look at the quality use of medicines because the primary way of managing these diseases is through medicines," he said.
There was also satisfaction on a personal level for Prof Ramzan, who is originally from Fiji.
"It's personally satisfying, being from Fiji, to come back and give something to the country," said the former Marist Brothers High School student.