Senior scholar appointed Dean of Business at National University of Fiji
“Professor Arun Elias brings a wealth of global talents and experience”
Auckland, November 19, 2021
Professor Arun Elias, a well-known academic and community leader in Wellington, took charge of the Dean of the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS) at the National University of Fiji, based in Suva, Fiji on Thursday 17 November 2021..
The university was established in 1885 as a medical school, but it was not until 2009 that it was published as the National University of Fiji under a separate statute called the Law FNU.
Employer engagement and employability
Vice-Chancellor Prof Toby Wilkinson welcomed Prof Elias, saying he brings a wealth of talent and global experience.
âIt will support the vision and mission of the University, as outlined in its new five-year strategic plan. In addition to his academic strengths, Professor Elias’ experience in industry, technical and vocational training will be invaluable in leading the development of a two-sector college with a strong focus on employer engagement and graduate employability. . His unparalleled experience in international accreditation will help CBHTS achieve its strategic goals of global recognition, âhe said.
Prior to his new assignment, Professor Elias was Associate Dean of the School of Business and Government at Victoria University of Wellington. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Management, Director of MBA and Post Experience, International MBA and Post Graduate Programs at the same university.
In addition to higher education, he has been heavily involved in the international accreditation of business schools, being both a mentor for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in London and a panel member of the accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), Florida (United States), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Singapore.
Prof. Elias is a visiting professor at several international business schools, including IIMs and IITs in India. An active member of the Wellington Indian community, he was the first President of the Wellington Malayalee Association and recipient of the Community Service Award from the Multicultural Council of Wellington.
While he was Associate Dean, Victoria University signed memoranda of understanding with various Indian institutions such as IIM Kozhikode and IIT Madras.
The UNF website said that the College of Business, Hotel and Tourism Studies at the National University of Fiji teaches students that while the world continually faces different and difficult economic, political and natural challenges, the creative application of the newly acquired body of knowledge will present new opportunities and solutions with which success will have no limits.
âIn the teaching program, the School prepares students to recognize and seize these opportunities, to continue to read and seek new knowledge, to continuously develop the talents and skills necessary to face and design solutions. to the challenges of our time.
âThis challenge of preparing a student for lifelong success also poses a challenge for our College in achieving this global learning outcome. This new educational model sets our Business College apart from our competitors. With a highly productive faculty, the College of Business sets itself apart with its innovative educational programs, âhe said.
The majority of the faculties of the University have both a higher education degree (master’s or doctorate) and years of experience in the business world. They publish in peer-reviewed academic journals and the courses they teach integrate this academic knowledge with their business experience to develop future leaders.