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Linkage strategy

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

THE Fiji Higher Education Commission says the Higher Education Strategy being developed is expected to develop linkages between higher education institutions and employers.

Commission chairperson Doctor Milika Sobey said it would also develop programs that promoted work readiness.

Dr Sobey said information would also be made available on supply and demand of the various industries so that students could make informed decisions on higher education options.

"School leavers are competing with graduates from higher education institutions (HEIs) for jobs in the formal sector and thus there are not enough jobs to go around," she said.

"Having said that, there are some areas that require specialised skills where there is a labour shortage.

"To address this issue, the FHEC is working on the Higher Education Strategy and one of the priorities of the HES is to develop linkages between HEIs and employers."

Earlier, Dr Sobey said the strategy had set forth three priorities and two interwoven strategic themes.

Dr Sobey said priority one was aimed at improving access and equity while priority two was aimed at developing linkages to employment so that programs offered promoted work readiness and the learning of soft skills that would allow graduates to secure employment or be self-employed.

She said the third priority focused on strengthening the higher education system.

She said the strategy would be driven by the commission through its function of quality assurance, acting as a liaison body between employers and HEIs and through the strengthening of the Fiji Qualifications Framework.

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