FNU to open $36m campus by 2020

FNU Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey with permanent secretary of the Prime Minister's office Yogesh Karan at the FNU campus in Labasa. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

THE Fiji National University campus in Labasa is expected to cost about $36 million by the time it opens next year.

Plans are in progress to have the complex opened in February next year during the first semester.

FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said major works which included the raising of the foundation to 2.5 metres had been completed.

Prof Healey, who visited the site yesterday with permanent secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister Yogesh Karan, said the campus would cater for 1200 students when opened.

However, over the years with more works to be carried out at the complex, Prof Healey said about 3000 students could attend the campus, making it one of the biggest in the country.

“We hope to open the complex in the first semester as construction works are scheduled to be completed by end of 2019,” he said.

“The first major phase and civil works were quite extensive.

“The area is also surrounded by retaining walls and that was quite a major project.”

The purpose of establishing a complex in the North, he said, was to ensure that students remained at home while attending school instead of travelling to Viti Levu.

Mr Karan thanked Prof Healey and his team for the positive development of the campus.

Mr Karan will also co-ordinate future meetings with stakeholders to resolve some issues including the upgrading of the road in the area.

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