The group of 17 staff from the National Fisheries Authority received a Graduate Certificate in Research through the project ‘Building Research and Project Management Skills in Fisheries Staff in Papua New Guinea.’
The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in partnership with the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and delivered by the University of Tasmania.
It aims to build positive outcomes for Papua New Guinea’s long-term fisheries management by equipping students with new research and communication skills for 40 to 50 staff of the National Fisheries Authority.
Since the project was established in 2014, University of Tasmania academic staff have travelled to Papua New Guinea at regular intervals to facilitate intensive learning and assessment activities for the staff.
Project Leader Professor Janelle Allison from the University of Tasmania congratulated the students on their accomplishment.
“This is an exciting achievement for these graduates from Papua New Guinea and also for the Cradle Coast campus, which through this project, has forged strong international partnerships while continuing to facilitate the University of Tasmania’s global reach,” Professor Allison said.
Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Bruce Davis told the graduating group this Papua New Guinea-Australia education partnership plays an important role in strengthening Papua New Guinea’s fisheries.
“This project will help to ensure that Papua New Guinea’s marine and fisheries resources are managed sustainably and equitably contributing to ongoing growth in the sector,” Bruce Davis said.
To date, 48 students from Papua New Guinea have enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Research course.