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FNU records increase in regional students

Solomone Rabulu
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Update: 6:07PM THE Fiji National University (FNU) recorded a significant increase in the number of students from across the Pacific region studying at the tertiary institution this year.

FNU vice chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said FNU was the main provider in the region for the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science and the new interest in subjects like engineering, business and humanities had reflected slightly on their high profile in the region.

"These are students from the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and few other Pacific Island countries across the board," Prof Healey said.

"I think we have some discipline that the University of the South Pacific (USP) doesn't have, we have a different focus, we are very strongly vocational oriented so all our programs clearly lead through to a career whether that's dentistry, doctors, nursing, engineering and so on.

"We have a different focus to USP and a slightly different offering that makes us interesting to a group of students."

Professor Healey said FNU had to develop a range of new programs aimed at that group of students.

FNU had recorded a total of 676 regional students so far with many more students who were still in the process of enrolling and those who have enrolled, but not yet been invoiced by the University.

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