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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

Minister Kubuabola meets with Fiji students in Cuba

April 07, 2013: "Perseverance and sheer hard work is the key to success".  These were words of encouragement given to Fijian students by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola when he visited the Latin American School of Medical Sciences, (ELAM) this week.

There are currently 14 Fijian students studying at ELAM with a total of close to 200 medical students from four countries of the pacific region including Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Minister Kubuabola had a casual exchange with the students yesterday, 5th April to consider some of the difficulties that the students were currently faced with.  

One of the students said they were fairing well and all the students are coping with studies. 

While the first year students are preparing for the upcoming exams, three of the students will be completing their second year and will be preparing to leave ELAM from August or September of this year as they will be posted out to different provinces. The school will be dividing them up, mostly by country delegation and sending them to the outer provinces for specialized training.

Minister Kubuabola reiterated to the students on government's intentions of sending Fijian students to renowned medical institutions all over the world and it is important for the students to return home with these vast knowledge and skills to serve their country.   

During this visit, the students also  received their student allowances and laptops provided by the Public Service Commission (PSC) which is usually delivered biannually to the students by the Fiji Permanent Mission in New York. The students were grateful to the PSC for providing them with the relevant assistance they need which has certainly boosted their morale and performance.

The Minister also met with the executive team at ELAM and thanked them for their assistance to the Fijian students thus far.

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