26 May 2014
The University of the Sunshine Coast will tomorrow join forces with an Indonesian university in a major project that will provide professional development to thousands of teachers in the Indonesian Province of Papua.
USC and the University of Cenderawasih (UNCEN) in Papua Province will sign an agreement that is central to the USC-led project that recently received $3.88 million in Australian Government aid.
The agreement will be signed by USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann and UNCEN’s Dean of the Faculty of Education Dr Nomensen Mambraku on campus at 1.30pm.
USC’s International Projects Group was awarded the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian AID funding for a Government Partnership For Development initiative called ‘Increasing education capacity in Papua, Indonesia’.
Expected to take two and a half years, the project will help more than 2,000 teachers plus 480 school principals, education officials and teacher educators to strengthen their skills and boost outcomes for school students across the Province.
USC Professor Emeritus Merv Hyde, Academic Director of the International Projects Group, said there would be teaching, research and exchange opportunities for USC staff and students, with most of the project operating in Papua and some components delivered on campus at Sippy Downs.
Professor Hyde said the project would involve more than 20 academic staff from USC and its research partners (the Australian Council of Education Research, Education Queensland and schools across the Sunshine Coast).
The Government Partnerships for Development program supports activities by Australian public sector organisations, including universities, and their counterparts in countries receiving Australian official development assistance.
These activities must focus on assisting the economic and capacity development and welfare of the partner developing country, including the transfer of skills, knowledge and expertise.
— Terry Walsh