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Labour market to determine programs

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

THE opening of another Pacific TAFE (Technical and Further Education) centre in Labasa supports the Government's commitment in addressing Sustainable Development Goal.

In opening the institution last Friday night, University of the South Pacific's vice-chancellor and president of USP Professor Rajesh Chandra said the presence of this centre also blended well with Government's five and 20 Year National Development Plan.

"The plan asks for tertiary education providers to have programs based on future labour market demand," he said.

"In 2017, Pacific TAFE recorded an extraordinary 27 per cent increase in enrolment for the Labasa campus contributing to 24 per cent of total campus enrolment.

"Our market assessment indicates that this increase will continue and to cope with this growth and provide additional quality space for new students."

Prof Chandra said Pacific TAFE was one of the largest learning sections of USP.

"Pacific TAFE has greatly increased international accreditations and recognitions and 16 qualifications have gained full accreditation with the Fiji Qualifications Framework through the Fiji Higher Education Commission," he said.

"Pacific TAFE has recorded impressive enrolment growth with its labour market driven offerings and up-skilling programs.

"Last year, Pacific TAFE students head count was 10,386, meaning Pacific TAFE contributes nearly one-third of the university's total enrolment."

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