5 Jun 2007

University of Fiji to establish Institute of Indigenous Studies

7:35 am on 5 June 2007

The privately-funded University of Fiji is breaking new ground by setting up the country's first Institute of Indigenous Studies.

The vice chancellor of the university, Professor Rajesh Chandra, has told Fiji TV they are conscious of the need to respond to the development aspirations of indigenous Fijians and to make a contribution to building a strong, unified society.

Professor Chandra says the Institute will be funded by the University of Fiji and headed by longtime educationist and former cabinet minister, Filipe Bole.

Mr Bole says the Institute will focus on six key areas including history, culture and traditions as well as political developments in post modern Fiji.

He says it will seek answers to questions such as why indigenous Fijians, who own almost all the resources of Fiji, are not fully participating in the mainstream economy of the country.

The Institute will initially offer courses at diploma and degree level.