Producing competent graduates key for universities: Burchell

: (L-R) Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts-Alison Burchell with CMNHS Associate Dean Research- Dr Donald Wilson, CMNHS Dean Dr William May, FNU PVC Learning & Teaching-Prof James Pounder and CMNHS Associate Dean Learning and Teaching Dr Timaima Tuiketei during the conference. Picture: SUPPLIED

INITIATIVES that will help improve the standards and outcomes of learning and teaching delivery are important because producing competent graduates is key for universities.

Ministry of Education permanent secretary Alison Burchell made this comment while officiating at the opening of the Pasifika Best Practice Health Professions Education Symposium (PBPHPES) that is being held at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour.

The symposium is organised by the Fiji National University’s  College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Ms Burchell said FNU was the national university and there was numerous support and constructive criticisms from government to help further improve the outcomes to ensure a good return of taxpayers investments.

“I think overall bringing staff together is always a good thing because we have a different point of views coming forward and within that context it makes people think differently with various approaches being put forward,” she said.

Dr William May, Dean CMNHS said the aim of the symposium was to improve and build local capacity in the art of health professional education.

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