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$3.5m grant for uni

Shayal Devi
Monday, December 09, 2013

A GRANT of $3.5million will be given to the University of Fiji for the 2014 academic year.

This was revealed by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau during the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine graduation in Saweni, Lautoka on Friday.

Ratu Epeli said this meant that anyone who was offered a place to study at the University of Fiji would be able to take up that offer by getting a loan from government to pay for their tuition, getting a toppers scholarship or paying for their own fees.

"And it involves major initiatives in primary, secondary and tertiary education that will radically overhaul the manner in which we educate our people," he said.

"My government believes that no young person should be left behind, even at the tertiary level."

Ratu Epeli said the newly-implemented Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS) would cover up to the full cost of tuition and would not have to be repaid until after a student had graduated and received employment in Fiji.

"The change in the funding model for budget allocation is designed to encourage a level playing field by ensuring that funding is based on the number of Fijian full time students."