MINISTER KOYA OFFICIATES AT 2017 DECEMBER FNU GRADUATION
A total of 386 graduates of the Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Engineering, Science and Technology graduated with certificates and diplomas at the Vodafone Arena, Suva today.
While officiating at the event, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya congratulated the students and reminded them of their obligation towards helping build a better Fiji.
Minister Koya said the graduates will be “called upon to solve the problems of a growing and increasingly urbanized population and its impact on the physical world as well as social and economic systems”.
FNU has prepared you not just on the academic front, but to play your part in helping your communities improve their quality of life. This is a quality that you must build on, especially when your country needs your input. The Fijian Government’s message to you is, always believe in yourselves, be innovative and truthful and most importantly, be a great Fijian,” Minister Koya said.
“You as a class, as a generation, have a monumental job ahead. You are the builders for the next Industrial Revolution. But you’re not out there untethered. Stories of builders are your legacy. Equally as important, these narratives are your roadmap. You must rethink our world for this new era, but build according to the principles of great builders who built with purpose, built for spiritual connection and built to support great invention to create a great economy.”
Minister Koya also commended the FNU’s move to launch one of its new programmes to be rolled out from 2018 – Certificate IV in Geology, Mining & Quarrying.
“The programme was developed to meet the training needs of the mining and quarrying industry in Fiji, given the important role it plays in our local economy. With the recent developments and interests in the bauxite mining in Bua and the exploration of minerals in Namosi and Naitasiri, the demand for more research and education in this field has enormously increased,” Minister Koya said.
Meanwhile, the Gold Medal – Award of Excellence was awarded to Salesh Vishwajeet Kumar.
[Information sourced from here]