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Solomone Rabulu
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

MORE thank $10 million has been set aside by the Fiji National University to build a new state-of-the-art complex for its College of Humanities and Education (CHE) at the Nasinu campus.

FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said the Raiwai-based UniStudio Campus, which hosted most of the CHE programs, was severely damaged by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016, and shifting the whole program to Nasinu was in their best interest.

"The Raiwai campus sustained damage during Cyclone Winston and is not economically viable to repair," Prof Healey said.

"We have taken the decision in council that we will build a new creative arts building on Nasinu campus.

"We have designed that building ready and work is now starting, and we are going through the processes to find the construction companies.

"That's our major investment, that will have large performing arts space with a big theatre, television studios, sound mixing studios, music practice rooms, and hairdressing salons and so on."

Prof Healey said FNU thought it would make more sense to focus their funding on a purposefully-built creative arts complex than it did to try to repair what was essentially a converted textile factory that FNU bought in Raiwai.

"We will use the Raiwai Campus for some other purposes," he said.

"We have, in the interim, because we have seen that the new creative arts building will take a couple of years to construct, we have refitted some buildings here to some CHE programs like music so the students can be based here at the campus.

"The Raiwai campus is on our freehold land, and it will have other purposes that we may want to move, for example, executive education, because of its location that it's near to town and we are exploring options for that.

"But that will be our longer term project, we are more focused at the moment on our needs of our current and immediate future students."

Prof Healey said they would have a more accurate figure to the new investment once they went through the details of the architectural designs and the civil works of the new complex.

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