Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP and Mr Kameli Batiweti, President of FHRI with the cheque.
As an institute of developing human resources in the region, The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) is proud to make a sponsorship of FJD 10,000 for the 2017 Fiji Human Resources Institute (FHRI) National Convention which will be held from 27 – 28 October 2017.
The announcement was made by Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, who presented the cheque to Mr Kameli Batiweti, President of FHRI at USP’s Workforce Development Training Unit on 15 May 2017.
Professor Chandra said that the University’s enthusiasm for supporting FHRI is not only because USP is a provider of human resources but also what FHRI stands for and because human resources as a discipline and part of a corporate strategy is very important.
USP, Professor Chandra added, “is committed to making sure that the relationship we cultivate with the professional bodies and industry allow us to promote work placements that people in industry have which helps to guide our curriculum”.
At the end of the day, a strong partnership is developed so that the industry, profession and USP are all working together towards the same aim.
Professor Chandra informed Mr Batiweti that Pacific TAFE is more in tune with the workforce.
Pacific TAFE, he further stated, is very pleased that the sponsorship marks very concrete partnership with FHRI and all of these are aligned with very direct and concrete ways to the University’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018).
Professor Chandra emphasised that USP is a regional University and one of the things USP would want to do is work with FHRI to see whether there can be a Pacific Human Resources Institute.
Pacific TAFE offers Certificate and Diploma qualifications in Human Resources.
Professor Chandra welcomed an opportunity to place some USP students in FHRI network to get the real work experience.
“We have a deep commitment in moving beyond transactional view of managing people and really looking at human resource management as an institution-wide function and very much related to the core values and corporate strategy of the University.”
“You can count on us, not only producing the graduates, but in time to come, being a real exemplar of how to practise human resources,” Professor Chandra said.
The Vice-Chancellor and President said that the sponsorship marks a very meaningful partnership for USP and Pacific TAFE and wished FHRI success for their annual convention.
Mr Batiweti thanked USP and said that “we are really grateful for the very fine gesture that you have made towards FHRI that provides leadership in the human resources function.”
He appreciated the fact that a premier university in Fiji has chosen to partner with FHRI in the area of human resources development.
The University, Mr Batiweti said has the expertise in teaching and added that FHRI would be happy to come on board to provide the practical side where USP students can have industrial attachments in whatever area of development that would build their capacity to become human resources practitioners in the real world.
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