The Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director, Dr Rohit Kishore, who officially took up office on 14 December 2021. Dr Kishore was appointed following two rounds of an extensive recruitment process by the FHEC’s Commission with the final approval by the Minister of Ministry of Education FIJI, the Honorable Premila Kumar, as required under the Higher Education Act 2008.
At the time of his appointment, Dr Kishore was the Acting Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor TVET at the Fiji National University; prior to this, he was the Acting Dean of the Business College for 14 months. He comes into this new leadership role taking over from Mr Vijay Naidu, who served as Interim Director over the last 15 months.
Commenting on his new role, Dr Kishore said, “I am privileged to be entrusted and appointed as Director of the FHEC. Even though I am joining the organisation during this challenging time noting how COVID-19 has altered every aspect of life, I would like to build on the foundation that my predecessors have established and take the FHEC to greater heights in enabling the higher education institutions to achieve their essential role in national development and sustainability.
It is absolutely necessary that higher education contributes decisively to the SDGs implementation, especially to Goal 1 (end poverty in all its forms everywhere), Goal 4 (inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all). Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth) and Goal 13 (climate change). As a transformational agent, the higher education sector has a tremendous impact on students’ habits and contributions to a prosperous society. However, to establish the required change in education, sustainability principles need to be at the heart of higher education institutions strategy (e.g., curricula, modus operandi) and is key to be incorporated in the HEIs organisational culture. Only by leading by example, the external influence in the society will be possible (e.g., implementing SDGs key aspects such as gender quality, tackling climate change risk and energy consumption). For this to be a reality, critical challenges need to be tackled in the institutions inside and outside environment, such as incorporating sustainability principles, stakeholders’ interest and providing a conducive learning environment”, said Dr Kishore.
Dr Kishore holds a Bachelor, Masters and PhD in Economics and Finance from Australian universities. His career has largely been lecturing at universities including Western Sydney University, the University of San Diego, the University of the South Pacific and lastly, the Fiji National University. Dr Kishore also served the Fiji Government as a Permanent Secretary and board director. He has provided consultant services to various esteemed institutions. As an academic, Dr Kishore has published research articles in academic journals. Dr Kishore was awarded the overall teaching excellence award in 2020 at the Fiji National University.
Acting Chairman Mr Lepani Uluinaviti noted that the Commission has very high expectations of Dr Kishore given his qualifications, competencies and relevant vast experience, in particular having held senior positions in two of the three universities since 2009.
“Dr Kishore is expected to further enhance the brand and image of the Commission as the regulator and enabler of Higher Education Institutions in Fiji and drive the development of the FHEC’s new five-year strategic plan with TVET continuing to be a priority”, added Mr Uluinaviti.