Open Days cru­cial: Dr Jiko Lu­veni

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It is cru­cial to have an open day to pro­vide ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion that was flex­i­ble, in­no­va­tive, af­ford­able, con­tem­po­rary and fu­tur­is­tic, says Speaker to Par­lia­ment Dr Jiko Lu­veni. “Open days were a vi­tal part of the process of ap­ply­ing to uni­ver­sity,” she said. Dr Lu­veni made th­ese re­marks while of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Fiji’s Open Day in Lautoka yes­ter­day.

“They of­fer po­ten­tial stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to look around cam­puses that they might one day at­tend, and help them nar­row down their op­tions,” Dr Lu­veni said.

“It is also a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to look around and try to vi­su­alise one’s self liv­ing, study­ing and grow­ing as a per­son through the lec­ture halls, cam­pus and at­mos­phere. Open days could help change a stu­dent’s de­ci­sions.” Dr Lu­veni said there was no bet­ter way to un­der­stand what one would be study­ing than to hear it from the lec­tur­ers them­selves.

“Not only will one find out about the cour­ses, but one can also ask ques­tions that they have been strug­gling with,” she said.

“It is my hope that this event will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, fam­i­lies with par­ents and their chil­dren to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of the uni­ver­sity and at the same time wit­ness the uni­ver­sity show­case its of­fer­ings. “I am con­fi­dent that the Open Day will of­fer mean­ing­ful in­ter­ac­tion for all stake­hold­ers. “I am very pleased to note that your uni­ver­sity of­fers a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for uni­ver­sity level ed­u­ca­tion for those who re­side in the West,” Dr Lu­veni said. She said qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion was of­ten not easy to find, but was con­fi­dent that the uni­ver­sity would pro­vide it.

The Uni­ver­sity of Fiji is in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other rep­utable in­sti­tu­tions such as the Monash Uni­ver­sity through their stu­dent ex­change pro­gramme, and the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific through joint re­search.

“I am also im­pressed that your uni­ver­sity, in un­der­stand­ing the value of qual­ity and life­long learn­ing has en­gaged with the gov­ern­ment of In­dia and the United States of Amer­ica through US­AID to run pro­grammes that add great value to all those who choose to study in this Uni­ver­sity.” Dr Lu­veni urged mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, par­ents and stu­dents, to em­brace this op­por­tu­nity and learn as much as they could about the cour­ses on dis­play. “This is the place and an event where we can clar­ify our doubts and can also set the foun­da­tion of what we wish to be­come and be worth­while ci­ti­zens of Fiji,” she said. Stu­dents from var­i­ous sec­ondary schools in the west­ern divi­sion at­tended the Open Day in Lautoka, while stu­dents in the Cen­tral Divi­sion vis­ited an Open Day held in Suva. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Stu­dents in the Cen­tral Divi­sion visit­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Fiji’s Open Day in Suva.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Stu­dents from the West­ern Divi­sion at the Uni­ver­sity of Fiji’s Open Day in Lautoka.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Speaker to Par­lia­ment Dr Jiko Lu­veni speak­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Fiji Open Day in Lautoka.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Stu­dents in the Cen­tral Divi­sion visit­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Fiji’s Open Day in Suva.

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