16 Nov 2005

Fiji Institute of Technology announces major medical training venture

10:25 am on 16 November 2005

The Fiji Institute of Technology is planning to build a 240-million US dollar Education Village near Suva to provide medical training.

The project is being undertaken with a South Korean partner, Dong A Academy, which will provide most of the funding.

The Education Village will feature a specialised hospital, medical and nursing schools, convalescence homes, film and animation studios and a centre for media and communication.

As well, it will feature a 200-bed hotel, 470 residential homes, a shopping mall, an international conference centre for 500 participants and sports facilities in what will be a satellite city on its own.

Construction of the first phase on 40-hectares of land in Delainavesi a few kilometres from Suva is planned to start next year.

The Institute director, Kolinio Meo, says there is an acute shortage of medical and nursing specialists in Fiji and the new facility is designed to enhance the quality of health services.