September 22, 2023

TSLS CEO Dr. Hasmukh Lal and University of Canterbury distinguished Professor and Pro Vice – Chancellor Pacific, Steven Ratuva signing the LOA in New Zealand.

To add more eligible institutions for overseas scholarships, the Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Service (TSLS) has signed two Letter of Agreement (LOA) with University of Canterbury and University of Waikato in New Zealand.

 TSLS Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hasmukh Lal said it was a proud moment for TSLS to partner and sign the agreement with renowned universities.

“It is a proud moment to sign Letter of Agreement with the University of Canterbury to sponsor Fijian students through Fiji Government Overseas scholarship scheme, administered by Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Service,” Dr. Lal said. “The agreement will ensure pastoral care, learning support and overall student wellbeing.”

Fijian born distinguished Professor and Pro Vice – Chancellor Pacific, Steven Ratuva said that he will work closely with International Office to look after Fijian students at the university.

He further highlighted that the University of Canterbury provides the right study environment for Pacific students to succeed in their studies.

TSLS CEO Dr. Hasmukh Lal and University of Waikato Vice – Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley after the signing of the LOA in Waikato, New Zealand

Meanwhile, University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley shared similar sentiments and thanked the Fiji Government and TSLS for the collaboration.

“We thank you for the opportunity to work with you and look forward to greater collaboration,” Professor Quigley said. “We are regularly expanding the programmes that we are offering; in the last few years we have been developing a new Nursing programme for undergraduate and graduate entry. We are happy to work with partners in the Pacific to cater for students in these key areas and areas that are in high demand as per your national priority needs.”

Dr. Lal said students will be given scholarships in national priority areas.

“Fiji Government via the TSLS will sponsor students at University of Waikato after signing the LOA,” he said. “Students will be given scholarships in national priority areas, not offered in Fiji. I thank the Vice-Chancellor of University of Waikato and his team for escalated focused approach as part of global agreement.”

TSLS has existing arrangements with the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and Massey University. From next year, Masters and Ph.D by research scholarships will be for New Zealand based universities.

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