FHEC Signs MOU with New Zealand Institutions

Mr Wiremu Doherty [CEO Te Whare Wananga], Linda Aumua [ FHEC Director] and Mr Stanley Frielick [ Director Ako Aotearoa]

The Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Cooperation with two established New Zealand institutions: Ako Aotearoa and the Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

The parties entered into an MOU with a view of exploring opportunities to establish and promote collaborative activities that will enhance their mutual education goals.

The Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, is an organization that assists educators and organisations to enable the best possible outcomes for all learners.

The FHEC will work with Ako Aotearoa to access technical assistance on the development of a competency framework for teaching staff, leadership and governance, and a programme of professional development.

Te Whare o Awanuiarangi will assist by defining opportunities that exist to adapt pedagogical approaches that are appropriate for the needs of the different cultural communities and also look at other related appropriate policy interventions.

Both institutions recognize and respect the diverse strengths and contributions that they each bring and look forward to exploring, developing and evaluating proposals and initiatives to the benefit of each institution and the communities they serve.

FHEC Director, Linda Aumua explained that the agreement is part of the Fiji’s Higher Education Improvement Programme where the FHEC aims to coordinate the rolling out of new pedagogical approaches to Higher Education: improving the quality of teaching and learning by enhancing the competency of teachers, assessors and moderators.

The Improvement Programme is supported by the New Zealand Government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade programme.