Australian recognition in plan for TVET

Fiji National University will operate as normal from tomorrow. Picture: FILE

THE Fiji National University will soon have Australian recognition in its Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) qualifications after the university signed an agreement with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).

FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said training equipment would soon be upgraded to meet the standard required.

“Achieving this endpoint will require significant ‘technology transfer’ from APTC to FNU by helping us to upgrade the skills and competencies of our TVET staff so they can teach programs to Australian standards,” said Prof Healey.

“For small developing countries flanked by two, much larger and richer neighbours, international accreditation of programs is always a double-edged sword.

“While APTC and FNU programs will initially be taught alongside each other in shared workshops and laboratories, the aim is that FNU program will gradually be aligned with APTC programs.”

APTC chief executive officer Soli Middleby commended FNU for being interested in training and facilities that were not available in the country.

“I have no doubt that the process that we have gone through and the discussions we have had has enabled both parties to articulate some more ambition and action towards our common vision which is for strengthening the quality and relevance of TVET in Fiji.”

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