THE Umanand Prasad School of Medicine has in its six years of operation undergone five reviews by panels of professors from other leading medical schools, says President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
Speaking during the school's first graduation ceremony on Friday in Saweni, Lautoka, Ratu Epeli said the last review panel was conducted under the auspices of the Association for Medical Education in the Western Pacific Region in late October and early last month.
"The executive summary of their report states 'Overall, the team was impressed by the remarkable improvements in the MBBS program of the school and the fulfilment of the basic standards of 2012 World Federation for Medical Education Global Standards'," he said.
"Our national vision is to make Fiji a knowledge-based society and I note with appreciation that the University of Fiji is contributing positively to this important vision."
The school also celebrated its first batch of 33 graduating medical students who will now enter the workforce.
Ratu Epeli said this tied in with the betterment of the nation as Fiji headed for election in 2014 and for the first time, anyone above the age of 18 obtained the right to vote.