FHEC conducts capacity building workshop in Honiara

Members of the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) and Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority (SITESA) in Honiara. Picture: SUPPLIED

AS part of the Fiji Higher Education Commission’s (FHEC) commitment to support other Pacific countries, a team of four officers from FHEC carried out a one- week capacity building workshop with the Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority (SITESA) in Honiara last week.

According to a statement issued today, SITESA is presently establishing its procedures and processes under its legislated functions.

The two organisations formally established relations in 2018 through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

SITESA chief executive officer Constance Nasi thanked the FHEC for honouring the MoU and acknowledged the FHEC’s commitment at a regional level to support other Pacific island countries.

SITESA chief technical officer Barry Peddle said with new legislation and new staff, they also had an overwhelming desire to have in place a robust quality-assured tertiary education system.

“We chose to consult with the FHEC because we respect and trust its establishment as a quality assurance agency. We see Fiji as the best in terms of the development of its regulatory and quality assurance approaches in the region,” Mr Peddle said.

The Interim Director of the Fiji Higher Education Commission believes this is a positive move, which will have ongoing collaborative opportunities in the delivery of higher education for both the Solomon Islands and Fiji.

“This is an opportunity for us to support and learn from our Pacific island neighbours. It will strengthen relationships and the sector across the region and the MoU with the Solomon Islands is indicative of the power of regional relationships in quality higher education delivery.”

Meanwhile, the FHEC wishes to thank SITESA and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) New Zealand for financial support towards this workshop.

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