UniFiji back on track as it ad­dresses COVID-19, go­ing for­ward

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While the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific is grap­pling with its in­ter­nal woes, the Univer­sity of Fiji seems to have fully re­cov­ered from its own share of in­ter­nal prob­lems.

At the week­end UniFiji’s full Council met for the first time since the Covid-19 cri­sis and de­ter­mined the way for­ward for the univer­sity in view of the up­com­ing chal­lenges fac­ing the Univer­sity and the na­tion as a whole.

It also ap­pears that the ap­point­ment of Shaista Shameem as act­ing Vice-Chan­cel­lor has been one of the sta­bil­is­ing fac­tors.

Pro Chan­cel­lor and chair of the council Pun­dit Kamlesh Arya showed lead­er­ship as he guided dis­cus­sions to en­able the univer­sity to ful­fill its obli­ga­tions to the stu­dents study­ing there,

Ac­cord­ing to a me­dia state­ment the council ac­cepted re­ports from the Univer­sity Se­nate that the al­ter­na­tive learn­ing and teach­ing modes had been suc­cess­fully car­ried out over the re­main­ing weeks of Se­mes­ter 1 with stu­dents be­ing fully sup­ported through on-line classes.

It also said that two Schools of the Univer­sity, namely the School of So­cial Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and the JDP School of Law, will re­tain their ex­am­i­na­tions pro­gramme at the end of se­mes­ter while other Schools opted for in­ter­nal as­sess­ments to re­place ex­am­i­na­tions.

Im­por­tant is­sues that the council dis­cussed in­cluded how the univer­sity wound deal with the COVID-19 cri­sis to meet its re­main­ing Strate­gic Plan 2017-2020 goals and ob­jec­tives.

Like many sim­i­lar in­sti­tu­tions, cost cut­ting and rev­enue gen­er­a­tion topped the agenda to en­able the univer­sity to meet its ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­ments.

The council res­o­lu­tion to ex­plore al­ter­na­tive sources of en­ergy for the Saweni Cam­pus with the move to so­lar en­ergy pro­posed by the Ad­min­is­tra­tion, is a move in the right di­rec­tion.

That’s why the founders and own­ers of the univer­sity, the Arya Prathinidh­i Sabha of Fiji, are con­tribut­ing $10,000 to­wards in­vest­ment into so­lar en­ergy.

The so­lar en­ergy project is in line with the “green­ing the cam­pus” strate­gic ob­jec­tive, says the univer­sity.

It is also in har­mony with Gover­ment’s devel­op­ment goals in re­la­tion to cli­mate change and our clean green image.

The out­come of the meet­ing in­di­cated that the univer­sity is back on track as it ad­dresses COVID-19 chal­lenges. NE­MANI DE­LAIBATIKI Feed­back: ne­mani.de­laibatiki@fi­jisun.com.fj

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