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Independent Assessment of Higher Education Expatriates

The Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) and the Immigration Department are taking a proactive approach to ensure systems for engaging expatriates coming to serve in the country’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are upheld to the highest standards.

The two parties agreed to explore and implement independent assessments to verify the qualifications of expatriates recruited as lecturers and professors before a work permit is issued.

“We are mandated to protect the interest of higher education in Fiji, so we want to see the reinforcement of recruiting systems on hand,” explained FHEC Chair, Mr Steve Chand.

The Director of Immigration, Mrs Amelia Komaisavai supported the valid observation by the FHEC, noting that the renewal process of these expatriates should also go through the same rigorous process.

Mr Chand also suggested that succession plans should be implemented for reskilling and upgrading the local qualifications of those understudying expatriates. Mrs Komaisavai elaborated that knowledge transfer is a compulsory recruitment criterion but has yet to be effectively assessed.

FHEC Director, Dr Rohit Kishore said that the FHEC is ready to facilitate related activities further to see robust mechanisms to support higher education in Fiji.

The two parties will have further discussions on the topic with the relevant stakeholders.

(Left to Right)  Yogendra Kunar (Manager Permits and Visa), Mrs Amelia Komaisavai ( Director of Immigration), Mr Steve Chand (FHEC Chair), Dr Rohit Kishore (FHEC Director).