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The first cohort of UPNG economics students taught by partnership staff at their Graduation Day, April 2016
The partnership between the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) and the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy (Crawford) commenced in 2012. In March 2015, a new MOU between these two national universities provided a stronger foundation for this collaboration. A new grant agreement in August 2015 between the ANU and the Australian Aid program (now managed by the Papua New Guinea Governance Facility) provided the means to significantly expand the partnership over the next three years. This support comes under the auspices of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, a new initiative between the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia that aims to strengthen leadership, governance and public sector capacity in PNG.
The ANU-UPNG partnership has a focus on faculty strengthening, collaborative research and outreach, and faculty / student exchanges in economics and public policy.
In 2015, two ANU-affiliated academics based in Port Moresby helped meet a staffing shortfall in the Division of Economics at UPNG. They taught courses in economics and undertook a range of initiatives to improve the quality of teaching and research in the Division. This team now consists of five ANU academics with Dr Manoj Pandey and Dr Marcel Schröder in the Division of Economics and Ms Tatia Currie and Dr Lhawang Ugyel in the Division of Public Policy. Dr Amanda Watson joins the ANU team in early 2017 in the Division of Public Policy at UPNG.
Collaborative research and outreach
The Development Policy Centre is involve in a variety of collaborative research with SBPP UPNG. The Centre and the School co-host the annual PNG Update which has been held at UPNG’s Waigani Campus (Port Moresby) since 2014. The PNG Update is PNG’s premier forum for the analysis of contemporary economic and social issues. We also support a number of other workshops and seminars, and many Devpolicy faculty undertake PNG-related research, much of it under the rubric of the PNG Project. The Centre provides outreach for our collaborative work through a variety of channels, including public seminars at UPNG and ANU, discussion papers, occasional blog posts and out new PNG Project research note series, which will launch in early 2017.
We encourage two way visits between ANU and UPNG staff, with a particular focus on staff development. In 2017 we will provide scholarship support for two SBPP academic staff to pursue Masters in International and Development Economics at ANU.