A new Fiji university, a merger of six existing State-run tertiary institutions, is set to begin classes next year.

According to Fijilive, the university, Fiji National University, will be a merger of the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM), Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT), Fiji College of Advanced Education (FCAE), Fiji School of Nursing (FSN), Fiji College of Agriculture (FCA) and the Lautoka Teachers College (LTC).

According to the report, the country's Minister for Education, Filipe Bole, 'told local radio, the Fiji National University headquarters will be based at the Fiji College of Advanced Education at Nasinu, outside Suva' and that 'work on surveying the site and building will start soon'.

Bole said because the University will be Government-owned and funded by the State, studies offered will be broader than science and technology.

There are currently two universities based in the country; the University of the South Pacific which is owned by 12 countries in the region and the University of Fiji, a privately-owned institution established in 2004.