USP announces third round of scholarships for human rights studies in 2015

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Diploma-studentAhead of Human Rights Day on 10 December, the University of the South Pacific is calling for applications for scholarships to study ethical leadership, good governance and the protection of human rights in the Pacific. Applications will close on 9 January 2015 for the scholarships funded by the Australian Government for anyone with a strong record of working or volunteering in roles with a community or social development focus to undertake a Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights at the university in Suva, Fiji. The 18-month diploma was jointly developed by the university and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC RRRT) in 2013. Regional case studies in the course materials demonstrate the effects of corruption, the importance of the rule of law, and the right of everyone to be treated with equality and dignity. With a focus on the Pacific context, the diploma students build their understanding of the importance of these concepts for the development of their country. The Australian Government has since offered scholarships to 27 people from throughout the Pacific Islands to complete the diploma. Over 450 students, from 10 Pacific Island Countries, have enrolled in the first course developed by SPC RRRT & USP since it was first offered, namely “Introduction to leadership, governance and human rights”. In addition, the second course, “Principles of good leadership and governance” has had 82 enrolments, from 8 Pacific Island Countries, since it was first offered in Semester 2, 2013. Read more…


SOURCE: Secretariat of the Pacific Community.