Carefully weight your options, Prof Nigel advises students

FNU Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey speaking to Baulevu High School students during the Open Day in Nasinu. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S education policy ensures the younger generation are given equal opportunity to undertake studies of their choice, enter a profession or trade and then repay the loan which is set at affordable rates.

Fiji National University (FNU) vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey highlighted this at the university’s open day at the Nasinu Campus yesterday.

The Government-initiated Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB) team was present at the second day of the event to assist students by providing important information on financial assistance to students intending to pursue tertiary education.

“Often we hear from the older generation that they could not afford to pursue further studies and enter the profession they had dreamed of; now in Fiji the education system enables current generation to enroll in their chosen study programs and go on to do what they love. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students, their families and for Fiji as it will assist with the country’s economic development and prosperity,” said Professor Healey.

The TSLB has for years assisted students in pursuing and achieving their chosen career paths.

“It’s not easy to decide on your career choices. Students are often under a lot of pressure to make their choices. Sometimes students can feel under pressure from family and teachers. For example, students who excel at science subjects may feel there is an expectation that they should study medicine, but deep down they are really passionate about engineering.

“So it’s always important to carefully weigh your options. You can speak with people, do your own research and also browse through the internet to see what more information you can get to assist you in making the best decision for you.”

FNU offers a wide range of programs on offer together with TSLB that helps provide financial assistance to make dreams come true.

All of FNU’s five colleges – College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS), College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST), College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS), College of Humanities and Education (CHE), College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) hosted displays, talks and interactive demonstrations.

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