Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights (DLGHR) Program

Are you currently working and aspire to become a leader in your organization?

Have you ever wondered what makes a person a better leader compared to others?

Have you seen, heard and/or know of corrupt practices around you and hope your society can be changed?

Have you thought of the term ‘good governance’ and pondered on how this could be applied to our lives?

Did you know that many of the human rights are integrated in almost all major religions?

Are you interested in changes that could bring about a more just and equal society?


If you have thought about any of the above, you may enjoy studying Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights (DLGHR).


The Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights (DLGHR) Program was initiated in 2013 at a Diploma level at the University of the South Pacific (USP) and currently has eight core courses:

  1. DG100 Introduction to Leadership, Governance and Human Rights
  2. DG101 Principles of Good Leadership and Governance
  3. DG102 Laws, Legal Systems and Access to Justice
  4. DG200 Human Rights at Local, National, Regional and International Levels
  5. DG201 Introduction to the Role and Challenges of Human Rights Defenders
  6. DG202 Corruption & Anti-Corruption in the Pacific Island Countries
  7. DG301 Internship – Leadership, Governance & Human Rights
  8. DG302 Building Resilience among Human Rights Defenders


FAQs about DLGHR Program:

  • You can study the DLGHR Program either as a part-time or as a full time student.
  • The Program can be completed in 18 months full time or up to 3 years part-time.
  • There are 12 courses in the DLGHR Program; including 8 specialist DG courses.
  • All DG courses are offered through Blended mode! This means you can take our courses from any of USP campus.
  • You can apply for admission if you have passed Form 7 or are a mature student. Please see USP guidelines for admission at the SAS webpage.
  • As this Diploma covers the areas of Leadership, Governance and Human Rights, it allows you to enter many fields of work. Some of our current students are police officers, prison officers, military personnel, civil servants from different departments, staff from Water Authority Office, nurses, NGO staff, secondary and primary school teachers, Judiciary staff, lawyers, UN staff, and even a doctor and a pharmacist. This indicates the wider application of the Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights.


Please contact the DLGHR Coordinator, Dr Natasha Khan at either 3231849 or email natasha.khan(at)usp.ac.fj


Some Student Testimonials:

I loved this course particularly on issues affecting women leadership or women and the marginal groups; an issue that is always close to my heart as I am a minority in my own country. I admired the way you teach us to clearly understand all these issues affecting humans, particularly women every day.

Clayton Tuimaka (Solomon Islands)


I would like to say thank you so much for making the Diploma program such an enjoyable one for me. For the first time in my educational life, I actually arrived at something that I truly liked. The course was great and your teaching methods were greater so the course was the complete deal!

William Waqavakatoga (Fiji)


It has been a rewarding semester, with learning and development beyond what I expected. This programme is a passion for me and after going through this last semester I am more motivated to succeed in attaining this qualification with excellence. Thank you for your informative, fun and firm tutorials and I look forward to learning with you along this journey.

Filomena Tamanikaiyaroi (Fiji)


I have started work at Oxfam (Vanuatu) as their Gender and Social Inclusion Coordinator and I’m grateful for the contents of the DLGHR programme that have really empowered me to carry out my work effectively within the organisation and out in the communities that we work with.

Liah Kaltoi (Vanuatu)


Anti Corruption brochure – final

2021 Human Rights Defenders brochure – final

Latest News: New Human Rights Defenders Courses Outreach

In collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Pacific Regional Office, The University of the South Pacific’s Leadership, Governance and Human Rights (LGHR) unit convened a promotional outreach of the two new Human Rights Defenders courses: DG201 – Introduction to Role & Challenges of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and DG302 – Building Resilience Amongst HRDs.

DG201 will be offered in Semester I, 2022 and DG302 in Semester 2, 2022.

The promotional outreach was organised at USP, Laucala Campus in Suva on March 8-9, 2022.

USP’s Leadership, Governance and Human Rights programme has become a partner of the Asia Pacific Partnership for Atrocity Prevention

USP’s Leadership, Governance and Human Rights programme has become a partner of the Asia Pacific Partnership for Atrocity Prevention (APPAP) since March 2022. APPAP is an alliance of organisations working towards the prevention of atrocity crimes and to fostering commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle. For more information, do visit their website: https://appap.group.uq.edu.au/.


USP Human Rights Alumni Association (USP HRAA) Member Form

The USP HRA Association was formed in August 2019, by graduates of the Diploma in Leadership Governance and Human Rights Program passionate about supporting the development of Human Rights, Leadership and Good Governance thereby enhancing the quality and potential of graduates in meeting the challenges arising in advocating and defending human rights issues in our Pacific communities.

USP HRAA is extending its horizon by recruiting members who share our vision to actively participate in our activities and events. The benefits of membership would include:

• Voting Rights
• Being selected to represent the association to attend workshops on invitation
• Take part in events and activities


Finally, the USP HRAA is already planning for the year ahead and looking forward to working closely with stakeholders who stand in solidarity with our cause.


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