The Registration of Post-Secondary Education in Fiji.

During a press conference yesterday, the Higher Education Commission Fiji (HECF), Chairperson Steve Chand, issued a strong warning to all Higher Education Institutions operating in Fiji without the required registration.

Education remains the cornerstone of progress and development for any nation, and Fiji is no exception. Today, we wish to reiterate and emphasize our ongoing efforts to enhance the accessibility and quality of post-secondary education opportunities for all Fijians.

And to inform and remind the public about the responsibilities as a higher education institution.

First and foremost:

  1. All higher education institutions must be established and registered under the Higher Education Act 2008.
  • Regulation 16 (1) of the Higher Education Regulations 2009 (“Regulations”) states, “a person who intends to operate an institution must apply for registration to the Commission.”
  • Section 13 of the Higher Education Act 2008, parts (1) – (3), alludes to and reads as follows:

Part (1) no person shall establish or operate a higher education institution unless the institution is established and registered under the Act.

Part (2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 for an individual or $250,000 for a body corporate or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 years for an individual or director of a body corporate, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

Part (3) Any person who operates a higher education institution, that is neither university nor a degree-awarding institute of technology, in contravention of subsection (1), commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 for an individual or $100,000 for a body corporate or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years for an individual or a director for a body corporate, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

Hence, any institution that decides to offer post-secondary, and awards without proper registration is liable for prosecution.

Please consider this release as a warning to those who are currently pursuing without the proper registration with the higher education commission. We humbly request that you get your act together before we find out.

To get registered, please refer to the HECF online portal for recognition and registration of applications. The link for the system is: 4r.hec.org.fj.