The Fijian Higher Education Commission (HEC) suggests that a vice chancellor’s committee be formed.
This is one of the initiatives the commission will work on over the following few years, according to commission chair Steve Chand.
According to Chand, in their joint effort to succeed, they would involve stakeholders through networking events, stakeholder surveys, focus groups, and Expo.
“For that to succeed, we will need the participation of people like yourselves. Through our vision and various forms of engagement, we want to understand the challenging and complex perspectives of our stakeholders and better serve their needs.”
HEC Director Dr. Rohit Kishore stated that a thorough evaluation would be conducted to improve the calibre and relevance of higher education.
This will guarantee that the qualifying requirements meet the international qualification standards, he says.
With 49 registered institutions and more than 500 programmes listed on the Fiji National Qualifications Framework, HEC seeks to guarantee that the country’s knowledge economy is secure and constantly strengthened for the benefit of the entire country. All higher education institutions must adhere to national and international quality requirements for registration and operation, which are governed by this legislation.
The Fiji National Qualifications Framework, which enables Fijian qualifications to be benchmarked both in Fiji and globally, was created and is maintained by HEC.
Bridging the School with Industry
The Montfort Technical Training Institute (MITT) in Savusavu has invited business inside its facility to offer work placements for its students.
The carpentry and joinery students who laboured to finish orders for chairs and desks from several schools in the three provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua, and Macuata fit this description.
“Instead of arranging placements for practical experience, students work on furniture orders and are closely monitored and assessed by their own teachers,” described MITT Principal, Bro Gibi John.