Grants for USC to work with needy nations

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Grants for USC to work with needy nations


8 May 2012

8 May 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast will extend its operations into Uganda and Mongolia for the first time after winning more than $1 million in Australian Government funding.

In the latest round of AusAID grants, under the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships program, USC’s International Projects Group (IPG) received a total of $1,073,765 for four projects.

IPG Academic Director Professor Merv Hyde said it was pleasing to receive the highly competitive funding, which would allow USC to broaden its scope after working for the past four years in communities such as Indonesian Papua and Cambodia.

“This demonstrates that a mid-sized regional university can have a major impact on the aspirations of people in developing nations both in our immediate Asia-Pacific region and across the world,” he said.

USC staff will work with teachers, nurses, tourist operators, government officers and other academics in Uganda, Mongolia, eastern Indonesia and the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Projects range from supporting sustainable tourism practices to boosting the use of technology in areas of health and education.

“These projects will increase the professional capacity and research outcomes of our staff and form connections between the Sunshine Coast and these nations when participants visit to increase their learning,” Professor Hyde said.

“The visitors will live on the Coast while attending the campus, local hospitals, schools or businesses.”

The projects are:

  • Advancing policy and planning for eLearning in Ugandan teacher training, $252,296;
  • Building e-health capacity for community nursing in eastern Indonesia, $289,925;
  • Developing integrated approaches to sustainable management of coastal destinations, Lombok $218,926;
  • Building leadership and management capacity of university centres in Mongolia, $312,618.

Julie Schomberg

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