THE Fiji Government's commitment to education will reap rewards for the country in the future.
This is the view of University of Fiji vice-chancellor Professor Richard Coll.
Prof Coll said governments in many countries had made similar commitments but not many followed through by implementing policies on the ground.
"It is marvelous that the Government in Fiji, unlike many others elsewhere, has backed up the rhetoric with the requisite resourcing and we at the University of Fiji are grateful to government and the Fiji Higher Education Commission for financial support and the positive relationship we have built," he said.
Prof Coll said the university's plans and programs were not only designed to provide the best education possible but also to develop future entrepreneurs and leaders for the country.
"We are working closely with other providers of higher education in Fiji and the Fiji Higher Education Commission as we strive to help the Government of Fiji fulfil its dream of accessible higher education for all.
"I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the government for its leadership in prioritising higher education.
"I truly believe a strong higher education system that builds off the strengths of Fiji's primary and high school system and that subsequently produces highly skilled graduates who meet the needs of industry and the public sector, is crucial for the future of Fiji."
Prof Coll urged the 240 students who graduated from the university yesterday to use their newly acquired skills to aid the development of the country.