FNU opens new learning common facility

An inside look of the new Learning Common facility at CAFF. Picture: SUPPLIED

STUDENTS attending the Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) in Koronivia will now enjoy using the new learning common facility that provides a more interactive, collaborative and inclusive learning environment.

The new facility is an expansion to the CAFF Library with comfortable group seating and discussion areas.

According to a statement from the institution, the refurbishment works cost around $500,000.

While opening the facility earlier today, FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said students would now be able to access multiple resources and services at the library to assist them in their studies.

“Universities have a greater emphasis on graduate attributes, including the ability to think independently and critically, work in teams and be able to communicate your findings. Learning is much more student-centric and students routinely need to work in groups to jointly research and solve problems,” said Professor Healey.

“Today, almost all the resources in the library are digital – eBooks and eJournals – which can be searched remotely in a tiny fraction of the time. It is possible to access the library collections of journals and books without ever stepping foot in the library.”

A similar facility is expected to be constructed at the FNU’s Nasinu Campus.

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