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Human rights study

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, February 23, 2013

THOSE interested in fields such as human rights, governance and leadership can enrol in a new diploma program being offered at the University of the South Pacific.

This was confirmed earlier this week by the university, which endorsed the program titled "Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights".

The Diploma was made possible through the partnership between USP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resources Team (SPC RRRT).

The development of the course was also made possible through support from AusAID through their Pacific Leadership Program and the Australian Volunteers International Program.

Sandra Bernklau, manager of the SPC RRRT Program, said getting the program off the ground was time-consuming and required much effort.

"The road to this launch has been a long one. RRRT started the paralegal training in 1997 and only now is all of that work, knowledge, and skills finally embedded in a program run by the premier educational institution in the region," she said. "Providing these resources to the region is a big achievement on the part of both the University of the South Pacific and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community," Ms Bernklau said.

Head of the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at USP, Prof Vijay Naidu said the program was much needed at the institution

The university described the course as something which responded to the learning needs of people in the Pacific.

"It is a recognised tertiary qualification that provides a sound understanding of the principles of effective leadership and good governance," a USP statement said.

The program can be studied full-time or part-time, with scholarships available.