2010 – FNU launches the Engineering Exhibition (now known as the Engineering and Science Fair) organised by the College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST). Thousands of high school students and the interested public have since passed through the exhibition in the last decade, witnessing the interactive displays, engineering models and experiments conducted by the staff and students of the College’s eight Schools. The event has served as a platform for high school students to learn about the different fields of study and decide on a programme to pursue in University. The exhibition also advocates for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
2010 – FNU’s new Namaka Campus in Nadi worth $40million was opened by the Prime Minister, Honourable Voreqe Bainimarama. Also present at the function was the late Minister for Education, Honourable Filipe Bole, who was the founding Chancellor of FNU. Guests, staff and students toured the campus after the opening. The Campus contained new lecture theatres and tutorial rooms and cooking and restaurant and bar facilities for its culinary arts and baking and patisseries studies.
2011 – College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST) lecturer Dr Aneesh Chand develops a robot that can cross the road on its own using a pedestrian crossing. The robot-development project was part of Dr Aneesh Chand’s doctorate studies in Japan. The robot is able to cross the road alone, activate pedestrian push-buttons and carry out many other integrated functions such as zebra crossing detection and pedestrian light detection, all in a real-world outdoor environment.
2013 – FNU hosts meeting to set up the Fiji Library Consortium to promote sustainable access and exchange of knowledge through global leadership of libraries to improve the development of society and the economy. Led by FNU, Fiji became an EIFL partner country through a Memorandum of Agreement. EIFL is an international organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners with the objective of implementing a wide range of programmes and events designed to increase access to knowledge in developing and transitional countries.
2014 – Indian Prime Minister, Honourable Shri Narendra Modi visited FNU’s Nasinu Campus on 19 November to meet young people and young thinkers who would contemplate new ways to build a better society. The purpose of the PM’s visit was to strengthen the country’s position as a regional leader. His Excellency Mr Gitesh Sarma, the then India High Commissioner to Fiji, Fiji’s then Ambassador to India, Mr Yogesh Karan and FNU’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Ganesh Chand planted a Sandalwood tree each at FNU to mark the PM’s historic visit to Fiji.
2014 – FNU becomes part of Education in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (ECCAM) project. The mobility project is funded by the European Union (EU) and focuses on academic cooperation between three Higher Education Institutions (FNU, the University of West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago and the University of Guyana) and is designed to increase the availability of trained and qualified high-level professionals in the Caribbean and Pacific region. ECCAM provides Master and Doctorate (PhD) scholarships as well as short-term staff mobility exchanges between the Caribbean and Pacific region. The programme aims to increase access to quality education that will encourage and enable ACP students to undertake postgraduate studies and to promote student retention in the region along with the mobility of staff (academic and administrative) while increasing the competitiveness and attractiveness of the institutions themselves.
2015 – Formerly known as the School of Maritime Studies, the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) was rebranded and launched in 2015 by the Prime Minister, Honourable Voreqe Bainimarama. The Academy is under FNU’s College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST) and managed by Sri Lankan organisation Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC). Initially founded in 1970 by expatriates in Fiji, the Academy became the first post-secondary institution in Fiji to be ISO certified.
2015 – After the successful launch of the FNU alumni network, whereby students of the former national institutions registered to be part of the global network of graduates, the Alumni Office hosted its inaugural Alumni Gala Dinner and Awards night at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel. More than 300 alumnae attended the event, where Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was the chief guest. The roll of honour was also awarded to alumnae dating back to the 1950s.
2016 – In a bid to strengthen and reconnect alumni of the Fiji National University, the Alumni Association organised its first official national tour as the ideal opportunity for its members to interact with graduates and current students of the University. The tour saw executive committee members and alumni office staff visit all FNU Campuses nationwide to promote the initiatives of the association. The five-day tour followed the successful launch of the alumni network in 2015.
2016 – The FNU Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research was established after an academic restructure process. Dr Eci Nabalarua, the Dean of the College of Humanities and Education (CHE) was appointed to the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching towards the end of January. This role plays a critical role in driving forward both the University’s quality enhancement, as well as curriculum development and reform. A key task was to provide leadership and guidance to Colleges in the restructure of undergraduate programmes and move from the trimester to semester mode of delivery. Dr Nabalarua was the Director of Development Studies at the University of Waikato from 2001 to 2005. Before joining FNU, she was the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching at the University of the South Pacific (USP) for four years, where she led the first External Academic Quality Audit for the institution.
Senior Academic Professor, Nii-K Plange was appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research. Prof Plange, a social scientist by training before his new appointment, and a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research at FNU, where he coordinated a postgraduate programme in social policy in the College of Humanities and Education (CHE). He was formerly the UNAIDS Country Director in Papua New Guinea and Senior Programme Adviser in Geneva. He has also worked for AusAid, now DFAT, as a Policy Adviser.
2016 – FNU welcomes its new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey at the Nasinu Campus with a traditional welcoming ceremony accorded to Professor Healey. Professor Healey has more than thirty years of experience from working in numerous universities around the world in teaching and research. Before joining FNU, Professor Healey held senior academic positions at Nottingham Trent University, the University of Canterbury and Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as teaching positions at the University of Leicester and Leeds Beckett University. Professor Healey has served as an Economic Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Belarus and the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Russian Federation. He had managed a number of multi-national research and economic development projects in different parts of the world. He has taught in many countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria and Belarus.
2016 – Fiji National University hosts first International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) World TVET Conference organised in the South Pacific in August at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH). The conference, with the theme “Quality, Innovation and skill mobilisation in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) – an internationalisation process,” was organised by the Pacific TVET Association. Thirty-five countries were represented at the conference including Russia, Finland, England, USA, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Malawi with 215 overseas and 85 local delegates.
2016 – The Fiji National University claims the prestigious GUPES Green Gown Award for the Asia and Pacific region for its sustainable community project conducted in the interior of Ba Province. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world. FNU’s Centre for Sustainable Technology and Development represented the University at the competition with its community project being carried out in Ba. Prone to flash flooding and landslide in the rainy season, the climate-smart landscape project carried out watership protection works using traditional Fijian agroforestry systems and slow conservation to enhance community resilience to climate change in six upper watershed communities in Ba.
2016 – FNU publishes physical fitness testing manual for primary and secondary schools in Fiji to serve as a medium to test the physical fitness of students and produce a healthier Fiji. This is the first-ever manual pertaining to general fitness attained by each child from age nine to 18 as there were no standard physical fitness test programmes in schools in Fiji. Then Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy, while launching the manual, said the future Fijian society’s physical status is defined to a large extent on the physical status of the students and that the launch of manual was very timely. The manual, based on the research carried out in 20 primary and secondary schools from Lautoka and 20 from Suva, is authored by Mr Alifereti Cawanibuka, Sports Development Advisor at FNU’s College of Humanities and Education (CHE).
2017 – FNU decides to change the mode of delivery for all the FNU programmes in 2018 from either Trimester/Penster to Semester/Quarter respectively. All Colleges were successful in revising their programme structures, changes were vetted by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching and ensured it complied with Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) requirements of recording.
2017 – While each College managed its teaching and research agenda under the previous structure, in 2017, the University appointed new Pro Vice-Chancellors for Learning & Teaching (PVCL&T) and Research (PVCR). Professor James Pounder and Professor Mohini Singh were appointed to the two positions respectively.
Professor Pounder has held a range of senior posts in academia both in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. The distinguished academic is also a registered Quality Assurance Council Accreditor for the University Grants Committee and a Specialist Accreditor for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. Professor Pounder was Director of Teaching and Learning at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, a top 100 university in Asia, before moving to Fiji.
Professor Singh has an illustrious 30- year experience as an academic at Australian universities, where she has held several leadership positions. Professor Singh has extensive experience with Higher Degree by Research programmes and students, and has delivered talks and lectures at a large number of international forums. Professor Singh currently holds Professorial Fellow and Adjunct Professor positions at a number of international universities. Professor Singh joined FNU in 2018 and was previously a Professor of Information Systems at RMIT University in Australia.
The new Pro Vice-Chancellors were charged with leading the University’s strategic development in these two core areas. To support them, each College appointed an Associate Dean Learning and Teaching (ADL&T) and an Associate Dean Research (ADR). This facilitated the undergraduate curriculum reform and supported the development of a clear research strategy, which focuses the University’s multidisciplinary research on Fiji’s national priorities – notably, climate change and climate change adaptation, combatting non-communicable diseases, forecasting Fiji’s national workforce needs and shifting Fiji’s exports up the value chain.
2017 – FNU organises Careers Fair to provide platform for students to meet prospective employers for job prospects. Students have the opportunity to meet industry stakeholders one-on-one and discuss skills and qualifications requirements as well as career pathways at the companies.
2018 – The Fiji National University’s (FNU) largest multifunctional lecture theatre with a seating capacity of 670 is officially opened at Natabua Campus in Lautoka. Na WereLevu is a double-storey building which comprises of a lecture theatre on the ground floor and eight tutorials rooms on the first floor.
2018 – FNU becomes first organisation to confirm its sponsorship for the inaugural Disability Gala Awards Nite 2018 which is being organised by the United Blind Persons of Fiji (UBP). The University sponsored the Student of the Year category, which is one of seven awards at the event.
2018 – Students at FNU begin to enjoy free, unlimited access to the internet 24/7 through the Fijian Government’s DigitalFiji program. Under the ‘digitalFiji’ initiative, Government has funded Walesi to work with FNU to install high-speed wifi across 24 FNU campuses and centres throughout Fiji.
2018 – Australian Prime Minister, Honourable Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Anne Rushton, visits the Derrick Campus in Samabula to observe and meet students undertaking the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning training course facilitated by the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) at FNU. Honourable Morrison was impressed and commended FNU for its partnership with APTC in efforts to provide training and education to upskill people in the Pacific.
2018 – FNU formalises partnership with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) from India to establish the India-Fiji Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) at Derrick Campus in Samabula. The Centre now offers about 20 courses in IT for students and working professionals.
2018 – FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) opens newly-renovated Tuisuva Dental Teaching Clinic at Pasifika Campus. The clinic is named after Doctor Jonacani Tuisuva, who is regarded an icon in the local and regional dental circles. The clinic comprises of 28 dental chairs with a state-of-art dental radiography facility. It provides general dental services at minimal cost to members of the public through prior bookings.
2018 – First ever Agro-Meteorology facility is commissioned at FNU’s College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests (CAFF) Instructional Crop Farm in Koronivia Campus. The facility enables students to increase their understanding and knowledge of weather patterns and use weather and climate information to increase or expand agricultural crops and boost crop production. The facility, which cost around $50,000 to set-up consists of a rain gauge, sunshine recorder, wind vane, anemometer and hydrometer to record the wind direction, air temperature, rain amount, duration and intensity, soil moisture and sunshine duration.
2018 – Through its National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC), FNU hosts the annual National Convention on Quality (NCQ), an event that provides Quality Circle (QC) teams a forum to exchange ideas and experiences while showcasing their best practices. This is aligned to the institution’s aim of promoting quality, productivity and excellence in Fiji.
2018 – Nine women from the College of Humanities and Education (CHE) compete at the National Model United Nations Competition (MUN) in Washington DC, America. The Model United Nations is an activity that provides an educational simulation of international politics, diplomacy, and foreign affairs and helps build self-confidence of participants as they engage in public speaking, negotiation, research, writing and group work. The team received honorable mention in the category of best delegation and won the best position paper award.
2018 – Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) selected by the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) as the site for its future Pacific Region Centre of Education (CoE). The College and Suva (Fiji) as a whole will become the regional hub for training multidisciplinary users of ultrasound.
2018 – The University initiates the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards to recognise the institution’s staff and student researchers and the impact of their research on the academic and non-academic community. The Awards encourages outstanding researchers who have made a significant contribution in advancing knowledge and research outcomes that is of major importance in its field and in Fiji.
2019 – In an effort to encourage further professional development for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teachers, FNU announces it will offer scholarships to three teachers from the TVET sector in Fiji. The scholarships will be available to TVET teachers who will be graduating from Australia Training Pacific Coalition (APTC) with Certificate IV in TVET Teaching, who will progress into the Higher Education Certificate Teaching in TVET, at the University’s College of Humanities and Education (CHE). As a dual-sector University, the institution understands the important role of TVET instructors and the need to provide them with an opportunity to upgrade their qualifications.
2019 – Dr Nelson Tanghwa and Dr Mackenzie Sitobata, alumni of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) create history by successfully undertaking Vanuatu’s first-ever ‘reduction of the zygomatic complex fracture’ surgery. The dentists conducted successful surgery at Vila Central Hospital. The two-hour procedure was the first of its kind to be done at the main hospital at Port Vila and there were no post-operative complications.
2019 – Ninety-five students from the College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) are expected to complete their final year (Year 6) of studies in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme in 2019. This is the highest number in the history of the MBBS programme to enter final year of studies.
2019 – World Health Organization’s (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Director, Dr Takeshi Kasai visits the University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) at Pasifika Campus for a guest lecture on health challenges in the region. Dr Kasai highlighted the Organization’s priority areas in the Pacific and highlighted WHO’s commitment to working with FNU in the areas of critical development of the health workforce for Fiji and the Pacific. This will be conducted through ongoing training and development, the scholarship supports for student and workforce development and supporting research and collaboration.
2019 – FNU’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) hosts the inaugural National Conference on Information Technology (IT). The conference initiated knowledge sharing on the best IT practices in the industry through paper presentations, panel discussions and networking.
2019 – Construction work begins on the first-ever Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests (CAFF) after the groundbreaking ceremony by Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment, Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy. The facility will allow the students to do their clinical practice on campus and provides space for the country’s registered vets to work with the students to raise the standard of veterinary science in Fiji.
2019 – In the 2019-20 National Budget address, the Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced that the administration of the Technical College of Fiji (TCF) will be moved under Fiji National University (FNU) in line with the Government’s vision of establishing FNU as a world-class institution. TCF was established to give opportunities to children who have been left out, marginalised because of their deferring circumstances pushing them to drop out of school and thus losing hope for a brighter future. It has provided a pathway for children of poor households to obtain a skilled based internationally recognised qualification, thus, opening the doors for them and their families’ prosperity in Fiji and abroad. There are 15 technical college campuses in urban, remote areas and in maritime zones and since 2016 about 4,466 students have graduated from TCF.
2019 – The University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) works with Texas A&M University and the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) on research to develop a groundbreaking mobile guideline application to assist nurses in identifying patients with risk of depression and suicide. The mobile application will assist nurses in Fiji and the region in early detection of patients that require mental health diagnosis at the different stages of risks and help eliminate human error normally made during calculations using paper based guidelines.
2019 – FNU hosts Climate Change workshop in Nadi in partnership with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Japan’s Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) and Asia Pacific Applied Economic Association (APAEA). As Fiji’s national university, the institution plays a pivotal role in providing policy guidance in climate change matters and is developing research capacity in providing solutions to climate change related problems from an economic and finance perspective. The workshop was attended by policymakers and experts in disaster management, ocean infrastructure, and related fields in SIDS and other coastal ADB member countries highly affected by climate change.
2019 – International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim visits FNU’s Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) and commends the institution for producing excellent maritime experts who will contribute to the global maritime community. The IMO Secretary-General spoke highly of Fiji’s continued contribution towards the global organisation as well as its lead role in fighting essential issues such as climate change. More than 200 people, including heads of diplomatic missions, discipline forces, maritime industry stakeholders and senior government officials attended the event at FMA.
2019 – FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) takes lead role in ensuring its research activities are relevant and responsive to the needs of the government of Fiji and the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) as a whole. The College recently restructured and endorsed an integrated virtual research institute – the Fiji Institute of Pacific Health Research (FIPHR). CMNHS also developed a comprehensive Research Strategic Plan for 2020- 2025, which would guide its overall direction and activities over the next five years.
2019 – FNU undertakes key role at Climate Change Resilience meeting in Jamaica. The Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network was established in partnership with FNU, the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) with links to several other Universities directly affected by climate change. The FNU Interdisciplinary Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience brand focuses on impacts on national development, communities and livelihood. As a key member of the steering committee, the University also presented a concept paper on teaching and learning objectives at the global CCRN meeting. FNU has been at the forefront in highlighting the impact of Climate Change and has introduced a new Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programme in Climate Change Resilience, and Mitigation offered at its Nasinu Campus. As part of the work ahead, FNU will collaborate with the Universities of West Indies, Durham and Cape Town to develop modules on the impact of climate change on livelihoods while working on the possibility of Summer School for students.
2019 – Seven students from the College of Humanities and Education (CHE) at Natabua Campus who scored an ‘A’ in all their courses during Semester 1, 2019 studies were recognised in a special ceremony. The students are studying in the Bachelor of Education programme. The inaugural event aims to incentivise students to excel in their studies and get the recognition they deserve for academic excellence.
2019 – FNU supports development of youth entrepreneurship and education by sponsoring the Rookie Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Fiji Development Bank’s (FDB) 2019 National Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Awards. The sponsorship is in line with the University’s new national strategic plan, which emphasises on job creation and business start-ups.
2019 – In its second year of entry, FNU’s 2018 Annual Report was awarded the Best Presentation and Content for Unlisted Organisations at the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX) Awards Night. The SPX runs the annual competition for unlisted public and private organisations, as well as for companies listed on the stock exchange, to assess the extent to which their annual reports explain the organisation’s activities and achievements in a way that is comprehensible to their stakeholders.
2019 – FNU and the Ministry of Education organises inaugural Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) in collaboration with the University of Newcastle. The two-day event for primary and high school students addresses the skills shortage in science and engineering by inspiring young people to study mathematics, physics and chemistry in high school. Students participate in engaging and demanding science and engineering-based activities and experiments.
2020 – FNU begins offering new higher degrees by research (PhD and Masters) programmes to strengthen capacity to generate value from new ideas and inventiveness, which is required in Fiji for innovation and for developing a knowledgeable economy.