Fiji’s Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Service (TSLS) and Engineers Fiji (EF) have formed a partnership through an MoU, aiming to benefit aspiring engineers and the engineering industry.
EF will advise TSLS on engineering program needs and award allocations, provide industry mentoring, and allow student membership to Engineers Fiji.
Praising the iniative for addressing Fiji’s education quality and workforce access, Terence Erasito, EF Vice-President, says there is a need for more diploma and post-degree students in engineering.
“It is also a necessity. The synergies and need for strong communication between Engineers Fiji and TSLS play a vital role in ensuring that the limited funds that are available for education are utilised to the best advantage as possible,” Erasito said.
“Fulfilling the needs of Fiji’s workforce will inevitably assist with Fiji’s growth. Our
partnership, therefore, is a commendable initiative which Engineers Fiji is pleased and proud to support. We trust the relationship between EF and TSLS will assist TSLS in achieving its
Dr. Hasmukh Lal, CEO of TSLS said it was indeed a great occasion for TSLS to partner with Engineers Fiji.
“Engineers Fiji is the industry peak association of the engineering profession in Fiji. TSLS has started to partner with industry peak associations so that they can become the advisor in terms of the needs existing in the profession, for instance the number of civil or mechanical engineers the industry needs and so forth and these types of data will assist TSLS on yearly basis in terms of allocating scholarships both at TVET and degree level locally and internationally.”
TSLS has awarded 5001 scholarships to engineering students since 2014.
There are 505 scholarships awards available in the 2024 academic year for the engineering services priority area.