UQ International Development previous activities in the Pacific

Precinct Leadership Program (PLP) in PNG

From 2015 to 2019, UQID managed the Precinct Leadership Program (PLP), an initiative of the Australian and PNG governments. The program contributed to the development of ethical, capable and inclusive public sector professionals in leadership roles in the PNG public sector.

The PLP is based on PNG’s Ethics And Values-based Leadership and Management Capability Framework and Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy – foundational documents that are critical to ensuring this program is owned by PNG and responds to the Government’s conceptualisation of effective and ethical leadership. The PLP is comprised of two streams of delivery:

  • The Future Leaders Program for emerging leaders. This program was made up of three two-week residential learning blocks and includes four components, leadership in the PNG public service, public policy in PNG, workplace skills and competencies, and a workplace application project. Program participants are led by mentors.
  • The Initiative Program for existing senior leaders. This was a series of Executive Short Courses designed to develop the knowledge and skills of leaders. The pilot program was completed in June 2017, and delivery continued through to June 2019.

Nature-based Solutions for Infrastructure Providers in the Solomon Islands and Fiji

In 2020, UQID, the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Environment and Earth Sciences collaborated with the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to scope, design and deliver a training program on Nature-based Solutions for Infrastructure Providers in the Solomon Islands and Fiji. The program aimed to increase

Pacific Island Ministries of Environments knowledge of the use and benefits of green alternatives to hard infrastructure approaches, situations suitable for green infrastructure approaches and how to design and implement these options and climate change projections and how to incorporate projected change in climate variables into infrastructure designs. The program was delivered by UQ academics in partnership with WSP, a global engineering company and James Cubitt Architects.

Interim Skills Development Facility (ISDF) in Tonga

From 2014-2016, UQ delivered the Interim Skills Development Facility (ISDF) in Tonga on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program aimed to support vocational training in Tonga that responds to labour market demand and demonstrates training and employment results. A major component of the ISDF was the Skills Development Fund, a mechanism to finance training in target priority skills working with both Tongan and international service providers to deliver skills development programs.

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (Climate Change Policy) in PNG

In 2019, UQID managed the delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (Climate Change Policy) in conjunction with the School of Environment and Earth Sciences. This program ran over six week blocks, with 26 participants from across various Government of PNG departments and agencies being taught at the UQ Campus. The program addressed issues of climate change from a practical and policy perspective with participants having access to world-class academics and practitioners as well as all levels of Australian government (Federal, State and Local).

Graduate Certificate in International Relations (Diplomacy) in PNG

In 2017, UQID and the School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) delivered a tailored Graduate Certificate in International Relations (Diplomacy) to 27 representatives from the PNG government under the Australia Awards PNG program. The Graduate Certificate was taught in three intensive modules at UQ, designed to help PNG host the Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) meetings in 2018 and to increase participants’ skills and knowledge of diplomacy and international relations tailored to PNG and APEC contexts. In addition to the academic components, the program included significant skill-building elements in relation to the negotiation, facilitation, relationship building, and setting targets and agendas. These elements of the program were delivered with the assistance of former High Commissioner to PNG and School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry Adjunct Research Associate Professor Ian Kemish AM.