$500m capital project to transform FNU

Construction of a four-storey building underway at the FNU's Nasinu campus. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji National University (FNU) is investing $500million over the next 10 years in the construction of new buildings and infrastructure.

This major capital project is being executed under the campus master plan that will cover university sites across the country.

FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said the $$0.5billion project was in line with their vision to make the university world-class and provide students with a modern learning environment.

“We will transform FNU into a modern, well-equipped university which Fijians will be proud to call their national university,” Professor Healey said via a statement issued by the institution yesterday.

“FNU inherited a lot of old buildings, some of which have reached the end of their lives and are beyond economic repair.

“All these structures have been reviewed as part of our master plan exercise and these will steadily be replaced with new and modern facilities.”

At the same time, Prof Healey said their repairs and maintenance budget had increased several folds over the last two years and acknowledged the support from the Fijian Government.

“As you will be aware, we have commenced repair works at many of our buildings across our campuses.

“These include lecture rooms, hostel accommodation, libraries, cafeteria, administration blocks and so forth. During the maintenance period, we have experienced some limited disruptions to the services we offer, but we are trying to manage these to the best of our ability.

“There is a lot of construction work the university is currently undertaking as well as being planned for in the coming years. This is certainly a very exciting time for tertiary education in Fiji and for our students that will be joining the Fiji National University.”

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