Fiji is an archipelago of about 300 islands (100 inhabited) and 540 islets, spread over three million sq km, and has some 1,130 km of coastline. It has a population of almost 900,000. It is also home to a COL regional centre for the Pacific, the Pacific Centre for Open and Flexible Learning for Development.
Current work in Fiji is primarily in the areas of technical and vocational skills development and technologyenabled learning. Fiji is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Learners from Fiji have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.
Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.
COL’s partners in Fiji include:
- Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts
- Fiji National University
- Fulton Adventist University College
- Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development
- University of the South Pacific
Mr Dhiraj Bhartu
Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts
Professor Rajesh Chandra, COL Honorary Fellow
Leatuaolevao Ruby Vaa, former Honorary COL Adviser