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F$7m grant for FHEC

July 4, 2016 4:44 am

Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) has been provided with a five-year grant of seven million dollars by the New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

The grant, which is part of the New Zealand Aid Programme, is for the implementation of the FHEC’s 2016-2021 Improvement Programme.

Commission Chairperson, Dr Milika Sobey, thanked the MFAT New Zealand for their timely support as this will enhance the quality and relevance of Fiji’s higher education sector.

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“I’d like to express our gratitude to the New Zealand government for this generous grant from MFAT to the tune of five million New Zealand dollars which translates to something like F$7.3million.To strengthen the Fiji Qualifications framework, it also aims to develop the monitoring framework and also competency framework, making sure that teachers particularly those engaged in teaching in vocational education have the relevant skills and knowledge to teach effectively.”

Dr Sobey says this grant will allow the commission to deliberate services more effectively as well as the improvement of in-house processes.

The funding agreement was signed by the Minister for Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy and will commence this month.

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