A student leader at the University of the South Pacific says critical thinkers like economics expert Dr Wadan Narsey are vital for universities around the Pacific.
The former university professor has had to leave the Suva-based institution, saying the university's financial future was endangered because the military regime was unhappy with him speaking out.
Deputy Chair of the university's students' association Tevita Tuiloa says Dr Narsey's departure is a big loss
"He speaks his mind, he speaks the truth. That's the role of all academics. That's something that probably the university has always been stressing - the importance of developing students who can think critically."
Deputy Chair of the USP's students' association Tevita Tuiloa