$29m upgrade

THE Fiji National University Council has approved $29million worth of resources to go into the upgrade and refurbishment of various facilities this year.

Of this amount, about $500,000 to $700,000 has been set aside for the upgrade of the university’s Raiwai campus.

FNU acting vice-chancellor Professor Ian Rouse said the council had approved the funding a month ago for developments across the board.

The plans for the uplift at Raiwai was a timely boost following this week’s Fiji Film Festival 2015 organised by the institution in collaboration with the US and Republic of China embassies, and high commissions of Australia and India.

“The investments will be for upgrading buildings, facilities and buying equipment such as film making and sound equipment,” he told this newspaper.

“The university has been given significant resources by Government through the Higher Education Commission, and we’re trying to make best use of them in particular to upgrade our facilities.

“FNU has some very nice campuses spread around the country but they just need to be upgraded and renovated with improvements.”

Prof Rouse said they were in the process of significantly upgrading the Raiwai campus, which was earmarked to be the institution’s creative hub.

He said they had a tender board looking at replacing the roof of the Raiwai campus, new equipment and reopening the art gallery.

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