Fiji: Health and Education
Published on: 27 April, 2017
Opportunities in FijiFiji is home to three universities: Fiji National University (FNU), the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the University of Fiji. All three have their main campus in Fiji.FNU offers graduate and postgraduate degrees in a variety of fields, including medicine, engineering, agriculture, business, and humanities. It also has a National Training and Productivity Centre, where trade-based courses can be undertaken. For furthering health skills and knowledge, the University’s College of Medicine offers a number of postgraduate degrees and diplomas. The College has two campuses in Suva, as well as one in Tamavua and one in Lautoka. For more information on FNU campuses, click here.The University of the South Pacific has campuses in 12 Pacific Island countries, however the campus in Fiji is the largest. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas in a number of fields, including science, law and business. There are also a variety of opportunities to conduct research at USP, as well as workshops and expos on getting into the workforce.The University of Fiji is based in Lautoka, and is Fiji’s newest tertiary institution. It offers courses up to postgraduate level on topics such as biology, chemistry, communications and accounting. Lautoka is also home to Umanand Prasad School of Medicine (UPSM), which is a private medical school.There are also a number of hospitals in Fiji, both public and private. These are located in all the major cities, including Suva, Nadi, Ba, Lautoka and Sigatoka. For the full list of hospitals and their locations, see here.
Continued professional development (CPD) opportunitiesIn Fiji, it is mandatory for nurses to undertake 20 hours of CPD to renew their licences. This works on a points-based system, where health professionals receive one point for every one hour session they undertake at their workplace. These sessions, known as refresher training, tend to come in the form of lectures and workshops, and are free.Another option is undertaking a distance learning course. There are many available through the POLHN website, which offers sponsored and accredited courses through institutions such as FNU, as well as non-accredited. All are considered refresher training that count toward licence renewal.POLHN courses can be taken over the internet, offline using a CD, or at a POLHN Learning Centre. These are located in hospitals at 15 locations across Fiji. For more information on POLHN in Fiji, contact Ms Shivala Singh>, who is the POLHN Fiji country coordinator ((email here).You can also contact the relevant POLHN focal point for a specific region within Fiji:
- North Fiji (Labasa): Ms Devina Gaundan - email here
- Central Fiji (Suva): Ms Ranjana Prabhu - email here
- West Fiji (Lautoka): Ms Ronila Singh - email here