FNU collaborates with top Australian university for research, capacity development

Fiji National University (FNU) and University of the New South Wales (UNSW) representatives at the MoU signing ceremony at FNU Nasinu Campus. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji National University (FNU) has strengthened its partnership with a top Australian public research university in areas of cooperative research and research capacity development.

The local university recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of the New South Wales (UNSW) at FNU’s Nasinu Campus.

This will see the two institutions collaborate to build research capacity of staff and postgraduate students in the areas of health, engineering and other disciplines.

According to a statement issued by FNU, UNSW staff, under this partnership, will supervise FNU students undertaking certain higher research degrees (HRDs).

FNU students will also have an opportunity to apply for scholarships to pursue further studies at the Australian University.

FNU Pro Vice Chancellor – Learning and Teaching, Professor James Pounder commended UNSW for formalising the partnership which will pave the way for developing research capabilities, identify research areas of national interests and undertake actual research within the agreed framework.

Professor Pounder said one of the fundamental roles of FNU was creation of new knowledge through research and creative works.

“This collaboration with UNSW recognises the intention to focus on both knowledge creation through research and to build research capacity,” said the Pro Vice Chancellor.

“FNU as a research institution rededicates to explore, investigate and meet the new emerging challenges on the island nation and offer a futuristic vision to our society, besides providing a window to our diverse sociocultural past and present.”


FNU Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Prof James Pounder and President and Vice Chancellor of UNSW, Prof Ian Jacobs sign the MoU at FNU Nasinu Campus. Picture: SUPPLIED


Other activities to be undertaken as part of the MoU include:

  1. Student Mobility – each university will identify suitable programmes to enable mobility of undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework) students.
  2. Staff Exchange – academic staff from both universities are nominated to participate in an exchange program to study or teach. Visiting Research Fellows can undertake advanced study or research.

The President and Vice Chancellor of UNSW, Professor Ian Jacobs said they were pleased to partner with Fiji’s national university and collaborate on important research topics.

“We are extremely excited about this partnership. We have had a very fruitful collaboration earlier with FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) in areas of Reproductive Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs),” said Professor Jacobs.

“Therefore, we are not entirely new to each other in terms of partnership and collaboration. With further discussions between the two universities, we identified areas of research in other disciplines that will see mutual benefits for both institutions.”

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