Vice Chan­cel­lor Leads by Ex­am­ple - Pro­fes­sor Nigel Healey Grad­u­ates with Sec­ond PhD

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Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity (FNU) Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Nigel Healey achieved yet an­other per­sonal mile­stone in his il­lus­tri­ous aca­demic ca­reer. He has earned his sec­ond PhD, from Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity in Eng­land.

Pro­fes­sor Healey who is well­known for his ad­vo­cacy of the im­por­tance of con­tin­ued learn­ing and up­grad­ing of skills and knowl­edge man­aged to com­plete his PhD while man­ag­ing his per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life of run­ning the coun­try’s na­tional univer­sity.

“It’s been a long jour­ney and many hours spent on my lap­top at the kitchen ta­ble at Suva Point, but it feels very sat­is­fy­ing,” Pro­fes­sor Healey said.

“The beauty of mod­ern dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity is that you can re­main an ac­tive re­searcher wher­ever you are in the world.”

The ti­tle of the PhD is “Transna­tional ed­u­ca­tion: over­sexed, over­sold and over there?”. The ti­tle is in­spired by the phrase used by Bri­tish civil­ians to describe US troops based there dur­ing World War II – “Over­sexed, over­paid and over here”.

It is a PhD by Pub­lished Work. It com­prises 11 re­search pa­pers (to­talling 90,000 words) on the phe­nomel­ished

non of transna­tional (cross-bor­der) higher ed­u­ca­tion which were pub­lished between 2008 and 2018, plus a 20,000-word in­tro­duc­tory chap­ter demon­strat­ing that the 11 pa­pers con­sti­tute a single body of work which makes an orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tion to knowl­edge.

The PhD was awarded af­ter mi­nor cor­rec­tions in November 2018 and the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was held at Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity on last Wed­nes­day.

The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was ex­tra spe­cial for the Healey fam­ily, as VC Healey grad­u­ated two days af­ter his son, Ben­jamin, who gained a 2:1 hon­ours de­gree in Law from the Univer­sity of Sheffield.

His younger daugh­ter, Ni­cola, also grad­u­ated from Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity in De­cem­ber 2017 with an MSc in Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy.

“It’s al­ways the dream of par­ents to see their sons and daugh­ters grad­u­ate and it’s been very spe­cial to grad­u­ate in the same week as Ben­jamin and from the same univer­sity as Ni­cola 18 months ago,” Pro­fes­sor Healey com­mented. Pro­fes­sor Healey pre­vi­ously worked at Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity as the Head of the Col­lege of Busi­ness, Law and So­cial Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chan­cel­lor (In­ter­na­tional), prior to join­ing FNU in Au­gust 2016.

As the head of FNU, VC Healey said it is im­por­tant that he not only lead the in­sti­tu­tion but en­sure that his ac­tions re­main in tan­dem with the stan­dards that are be­ing im­ple­mented.

FNU Pro Vice-Chan­cel­lor Re­search, Pro­fes­sor Mo­hini Singh com­mended Vice-Chan­cel­lor Healey on this achieve­ment, adding that the award speaks vol­umes of lead­ing by ex­am­ple. Pro­fes­sor Singh said VC Healey’s award would cer­tainly en­cour­age other staff to fol­low in his foot­steps.

“This is cer­tainly a great achieve­ment for VC Healey per­son­ally and for his fam­ily, as well as for the FNU fam­ily,” Pro­fes­sor Singh said. Source: Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity

The PhD was awarded af­ter mi­nor cor­rec­tions in November 2018 and the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was held at Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity on last Wed­nes­day.

Pro­fes­sor Healey grad­u­ated with a PhD in Man­age­ment, it is his sec­ond PhD.

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