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Group photo of Certificate IV in Project Management participants with the US Ambassador Her Excellency Catherine Ebert-Gray (middle, backrow) after the official opening of the second cohort in PNG.

The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), facilitated a cohort in Certificate IV in Project Management in Papua New Guinea with a total of 69 participants registered in the programme.

The programme, which is also a first for PNG is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s partnership with USP and Pacific TAFE, through its Climate Ready Project, to improve project management skills in the Pacific Island countries to better manage climate resilient projects.

It was delivered in two cohorts with the first one beginning on 25 March and the second one on 1 April. Participants in the 5-month course came from government departments such as the Climate Change and Development Authority, Department of Works and Implementation, representatives from NGO’s like World Vision PNG, Wildlife Conservation Society and private sector organizations like Oil Search and PNG Power Limited.

While opening the second cohort, the US Ambassador Her Excellency, Catherine Ebert-Gray encouraged participants to build greater cooperation, as well as generate new ideas and techniques that would help PNG leaders to access and manage international adaptation funds.

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer said, “I would like to sincerely thank USAID Climate Ready Project for the continued partnership in the development of Pacific Islanders with structured project management capacity”.

“Investment in intellectual space not only gives immediate but leaves longer term sustainable impact. Through partnership with USAID Climate Ready Project, USP Pacific TAFE has delivered project management programmes in USP member countries, and also in Palau and now in PNG. It is a testament of broader skilling cooperation and expanding efforts towards regionalism,” he stated.

Trevor Ole, the Chief of Party for USAID Climate Ready commented, “Since signing an agreement with USP/Pacific TAFE to deliver the project management course in August 2017 we have sponsored the course in eight Pacific Island countries.

"The project management course builds on existing programming by our partners and has ensured that there is a trained cadre of government staff, NGO, and private personnel that will be an invaluable resource for Pacific Island countries in the future,” he said.

Meanwhile, USP Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, Professor Richard Coll said, “I am delighted to see that Pacific TAFE is reaching out to our colleagues in Papua New Guinea. What an exciting time and what an appropriate programme - the cohort in Certificate IV in Project Management. We at USP, through Pacific TAFE, look forward to a successful programme, and many more to come!”

Further, USP, Pacific TAFE Project Management Consultant Roger Goodman said he looks forward to the delivery of the training.

“I have been a member of the Project Management profession for over 30 years,” he said. “The last 4 – 5 months I have spent mentoring and training project managers through the Project Management Institute, industry courses, Universities and Institutes of Technology,” he said.

“I accepted a contract with USP to conduct block training in the Pacific of their certificate level 4 in Project Management. This is my second year. I have had an amazing time crisscrossing the Pacific. The course is delivered in two blocks 6 to 8 weeks apart with a total duration of 5 months," he added. 

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