Their visit has been organised in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific (USP) and team leader, lecturer Dr David Parker, says the students supported by USP faculty staff, have
Undertaken various activities in government organisations as part of their postgraduate studies. “Under an on-going arrangement with the USP the Australian students worked closely with host government organisations,” he said. “Students Andrew Litschner, an ICT senior project manager with the Queensland Department of State Development, Grant Chapman a builder and qualifying-architect with Ferrier Baudet Architects, Brisbane and Nathan Bambling, an urban city planner with Brisbane City Council carried out projects in Corporate Services Infrastructure Cook Islands. “The funding and planning section of the Ministry of Health hosted student Karen Foster-Inostroza, an engineering student from Chile.” Parker said the postgraduate students brought with them years of work experience and technical training. “While the government organisations gained from alternative ideas, it was evident that the students learned and took away ideas from their host organisations.” USP campus director Rod Dixon had been instrumental in
Contacting and organising the government organisations and arranging the projects, Parker said. “The collaboration has been highly successful and there are plans for another trip next year. While funding is always an issue, the University of Queensland Business School is at present committed to continuing with the USP collaboration.” The students are completing
Their Masters degrees in Project Management and the course encourages a period of study
Overseas. “Consequently, students benefit from exposure to a new culture and different ways of working; while host organisations gain from a concentrated effort and scrutiny from the students,” Parker said. The group arrived here on September 18 and will leave on Sunday.