UQ to strengthen leadership capabilities of Pacific fisheries leaders

The University of Queensland’s International Development has designed a customised leadership and management training program for fisheries leaders in the Pacific, together with Pacific Community (SPC) and three other partner organisations.

The University of Queensland (UQ) will deliver the leadership training component of the Pacific Fisheries Leadership Program (PFLP) funded by the New Zealand government.

International Development, Deputy Director Ms Dallas Dowsett said that UQ is pleased to be contributing to the leadership training component of this program.

“It is an outstanding collaboration between UQ Business School and International Development, ensuring high quality education is applied to the Pacific leadership context,” she said.

International Development is recognised for its excellence in development through technical leadership, training and capacity building and program management.

UQ Business School is ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide.

International Development Manager for the Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, Dr Michelle Dunn said the PFLP program will strengthen UQ’s links to the Pacific.

“The PFLP will provide participants in the Pacific with expertise from world class leadership and educational organisations over the next five years,” she said.

The aim of PFLP is to enable Pacific fisheries leaders to empower themselves to become leaders of change, address critical priorities, and become better managers.

Fisheries remains the most important ocean resource for livelihoods, employment and economic growth as well as a critical source of protein in the Pacific.

It is expected that well-managed and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture will result in increased economic and food security.

A key part of the program is the ability for participants to earn credit toward a UQ program - Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership.

Students can then choose to complete the remaining courses required to complete the Graduate Certificate on their own, with their employer or through sponsorship.

SPC Team Leader for PFLP, Cameron Bowles said it is deeply inspiring to be part of such a terrific consortium delivering PFLP.

“Working with UQ brings significant benefits for participants including the opportunity for accreditation through courses from UQ’s highly respected business school”.

PFLP will recruit participants from 2018 to 2022. Annual cohorts of 25 – 28 participants will commence workshops in Fiji in January 2019.

International Development has expertise in designing and delivering training activities that target skills development and leadership in developing contexts. They include gender and social inclusion in Pacific Island countries.

International Development currently manages the Precinct Leadership Program delivered as part of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct (a partnership between the Papua New Guinea and Australian governments).

The PFLP is a key program for UQ to enhance Pacific relationships and to build UQ's profile as an expert in leadership.


Dr Michelle Dunn, UQ International Development Manager, PNG and the Pacific, +61 3346 7909 m.dunn4@uq.edu.au

Last updated:
14 December 2018