Ambassador Gilles Montagnier welcomes students and teachers from Wallis and Futuna
Students from Wallis & Futuna learn about business in Fiji.
Fifteen students from Wallis and Futuna High School are in Fiji for a two-week business and vocational study internship attachment with Vinod Patel and Company Limited’s Centrepoint Branch in Suva.
French Ambassador to Fiji, Gilles Montagnier welcomed the students and the two teachers at the French Residence on Thursday night and he encouraged the students to use the program as an opportunity to explore the business culture in Fiji.
“This internship program in Fiji has since demonstrated its success and it allows one hand to Wallis and Futuna students to discover the world of business in an institution with reference to Fiji and secondly, to promote cultural and linguistic exchanges through the Fiji National University, who agrees to accommodate the students at its hostel.
“This demonstrates the success of these courses and the fact is, that in recent years the strength of this rich experience, several Wallis and Futuna students have chosen to return to Fiji to do their internship with Vinod Patel,” Ambassador Montagnier said.
Mr Montagnier said the regional integration of the French Pacific territories remains a priority for the French government.
Group leader and school board member, Soakimi Polelei said the students were eager to learn about Fiji’s business culture and the employment market and the two week internship is an added value to their studies when they return to Wallis and Futuna.
“We are grateful to bring this group of students to Fiji for academic attachment and we have been encouraging them to learn as much as they can. At the same time we also encourage them to practice their English and to appreciate the cultural diversity in Fiji.
“At the end of their internship, we hope that the students would have a fair idea of Fiji’s hardware industry and the role Vinod Patel plays in Fiji and the South Pacific
“The first internship program for the business students started in 2011 and we have been bringing our students to Fiji after that initial joint-project. This is our fourth year and the fourth group of senior business students to come for internship,” Mr Polelei said.
An orientation and presentation on Fijian culture, protocol and traditions was done at the Alliance Française in Suva when the students arrived.