New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

NZRDS Students End of Year Function 2013

2013 NZRDS Graduates

Since 1996, the New Zealand High Commission in Suva, Fiji has hosted an end of year function at its Official Residence to recognise the achievements of its graduands under the New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships (NZRDS) programme.

This is where the students’ hard work, and the efforts of the tertiary institutions are celebrated through special awards, food, dance and congratulatory speeches.

Last month, the achievements of 38 NZRDS graduands from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu were celebrated and four special awards were presented.

This year, all of the award recipients were high achieving young men who excelled in their respective programmes of study. The Best Arts & Business Student was awarded to Sione Samate Jr. (USP student from Tonga), Best Science Student Alesana Malo (USP student from Samoa) and the Best MBBS student was Albert Toukoune (FSM/FNU student from Vanuatu).

The Shield for achieving the Highest Overall Academic Standard was awarded to Alikisika Vaiaku from Tonga who completed a 4 year Trade Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. Prior to taking up his award, Aliki had not flown on a plane or even visited Nuku’alofa. Aliki told us that the New Zealand Regional Scholarship he was awarded had changed his life.

As part of their NZRDS award, all graduates are required to return home and serve for a minimum period of two years where they utilise the knowledge and skills gained for their country’s social and economic development.

For our graduates and award recipients, NZRDS awards have not only allowed them to gain qualifications, but also given them, their families and communities a chance to effect development in a positive and meaningful way.

Congratulations to our 2013 graduates!         

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