Talks on fee subsidy

VANUATU Education Minister Bob Loughman is having talks with the Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy on the government subsidising the fees of Vanuatu students attending Fiji National University by 50 per cent.

Mr Loughman and the Vanuatu High Commissioner Nikenike Vurobaravu paid a courtesy visit to Dr Reddy last week.

He said in the past five years, they had been seeking supplementary assistance on the fees of their students studying abroad.

“The Government of Vanuatu is indeed privileged with this assistance and the relationship established is a reflection of genuine friendship between the two nations,” Mr Loughman said.

“This opportunity will also deepen and strengthen our bilateral relations as well as the Melanesian ties.

“The 36 students of Vanuatu benefiting from this initiative will now be exposed to the wider region and be able to widen their perspective of life.”

Dr Reddy reassured the Vanuatu delegation that the Education Ministry would ensure the conditions in the memorandum of understanding between the two countries are honoured with immediate effect.

“We appreciate the visit and we look forward to more engagements with the Vanuatu Government,” he said.

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