University inks MOU with ministry to enhance research

The MOU was signed by the Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta and FNU's Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Nii – K Plange. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation today embarked on a partnership with a local university that would see more collaboration on research cooperation.
The government ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Fiji National University (FNU) and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to promote and collaborate on research cooperation.

Speaking at the event, FNU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Nii-K Plange said the MOU served as the foundation of a deep and mutually beneficial partnership between the two organisations.

“The partnership with the Ministry of Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation recognizes our core mandate and together we will undertake work whose outputs can contribute to the pressing challenges of climate change and the need for sustainability and economic wellbeing of our communities,” said Professor Nii-K Plange.

The senior academic said together with knowledge creation, FNU was also committed to using its research capabilities to assist with Fiji’s policy priorities.

“We believe that research findings always contribute to nation building and open new and challenging frontiers of knowledge. Indeed, as we participate in building a knowledge economy, research and skills for robust data analysis, will continue to remain a significant part of our core mandate,” said Professor Plange.

Signing the three year MOU on behalf of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, its permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said the ministry was keen to develop a very robust information system one that would be able to advice the ministry on a timely basis as to whether the interventions produces the desired outcomes.

“We know that there is a lot of data with various agencies but to make use of them whether its policy design, policy construct on whether it’s an intervention strategy so telling the stories on the outcomes of intervention that is happening and we these information to guide us to monitor how effective our strategies are,” Dr Koroivueta said.
“Where we need to make that change whether the game change should be and in an area like us we are dealing with the social sector, the social landscape I cannot emphasise on the importance of cooperation that we are going to undertake.”

FNU with the Ministry of Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation will undertake joint activities together which includes the following:

  • development of collaborative research projects;
  • organisation of joint academic and scientific activities, such as courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia or lectures;
  • exchange of academic and management staff for teaching and research activities;
  • exchange of women, people living with disabilities and staff to undertake study, work placements or participate in research programs; and
  • exchange of publications and other information of common interest



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