MoU to empower and nourish development

FNU Vice-Chancellor Prof Nigel Healey and University of Hertfordshire Pro VC Research Prof John Senior during the MOU signing. Picture: SUPPLIED/FNU

A MEMORANDUM of Understanding (MoU) was signed this week by the Fiji National University (FNU) and the University of Hertfordshire to strengthen international relations with established institutions that have the ability to empower and nourish development.

Speaking at the signing, FNU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey said the University was excited to be partnering with a fellow institution to advance and strengthen the University’s work in the field of research.

“When you’re benchmarking, it’s not about looking at who is the best in the world and trying to copy what they do. It’s about who is on the same journey we are, but further advanced,” Professor Healey said.

“I think universities like Hertfordshire have been on the journey that we’re on now. They are the pathbreakers, and we saw that they built a really strong ecosystem to support PhD students and they have  very good regulations and procedures which they willingly helped us with.”

“We want partnerships with universities that are on that journey but way ahead of us and can help and guide us. ”

Professor John Senior, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, visited FNU and delivered a talk on research priority areas and the Doctoral College at the University of Hertfordshire. This was followed by the signing of a MOU between the two universities.

Prof Senior, echoed similar sentiments and said the University researched areas that would be of interest and benefit to FNU.

“We started out much like FNU and now have about 650 research students at our dozen research centres at the university,” Professor Senior said.

“Through this MOU, we are excited to  seek opportunities for the exchange of students or staff and collaborate on joint research projects and other activities after being agreed upon by both institutions.”

“Our research strategy is to excel in collaborative, multidisciplinary research that addresses social, economic, cultural, scientific and environmental challenges.”

“Research at our university is organised into the themes of food, global economy, health and wellbeing, heritage, cultures and communities, information and security and space. We look forward to working with FNU in some or most of these areas.”

The objectives of the MOU are to;

  • Collaborate and support from the University of Hertfordshire to FNU concerning the operation and delivery of research degrees.
  • Collaborate on research on our common research priority areas.
  • Facilitate staff exchange for research collaboration.


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