News and events
September was a busy month for the Executive Education with two programs opening on the first two weeks of the month. The Trade Negotiation and World Trade Organisation (WTO) Accession Course (above left), with 18 participants, finished in three weeks. The 15th iteration of the China Scholarship Council: University Administrators’ Course (above right) ran until the beginning of December.
China Scholarship Council: Administrators' Course
The China Scholarship Council: Administrators' Course culminated with a closing ceremony. Special recognition went to two groups for excellence in group project report which was part of the course's requirement on the final week. Prof Trevor Breusch and Dr Norman Abjorensen, CSC 14 Course Convenor, awarded the certificates to the two groups.
Indian Public Sector Media & Broadcasting Chiefs Attend ANU Course
ANU Crawford Executive Education ran a two-week course on Trends in Media Policy, Regulation and Management for the Indian Ministry of Information & Broadcasting from 21st March to 2nd April 2011. Eight senior officials equivalent in rank to APS First Assistant Secretary or Deputy Secretary level attended the two week intensive program conducted in Canberra and Sydney.
The principal objectives of this program are to provide participants with an understanding of media regulation in Australia including emerging trends in terms of Web2.0 and Gov.2.0. The delegation was exposed to current trends and best practices in the area of media regulation, institutional arrangements for government publications, advertising and use of media tools to communicate government policy to the masses. Also of keen interest to the delegation was Australia’s broadband infrastructure implementation strategy and how the policy and its benefits have been sold to the Australian public.
A presentation on terrorism and crises communications management was highly regarded by participants. Once again, the interaction with Sandi Logan, the talented Head of Communications Strategy for the Dept of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) was greatly valued. Sandi Logan maintains a strong departmental presence on new media such as Twitter and Youtube with departmental videos broadcast regularly and in multi-lingual formats. Participants were also introduced to the Australian Government’s e-governance implementation strategy which is being currently unrolled and briefed on how a strong presence in the new electronic media had been utilised by field agencies during the Queensland floods disaster in January to counter rumours and furnish timely, reliable information.
In India, the irregular allocation of 2G licenses and spectrum at low market prices in 2008 is estimated to have cost the Indian taxpayer ~ US$39 billion according to a November 2010 Report to the Indian Parliament by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). The handling of media enquiries post the 2G scandal became the responsibility of one of the Ministry participants, who explained how he managed the robust Indian media with their aggressive questioning methods - a trait of India’s burgeoning cable news networks. The trick, according to this highly experienced officer, was to be fully available to the media, provide plenty of details if available and maintain a policy of openness and transparency. Much of this was dependent on persuading reluctant Ministers to adopt the approach and restrain Ministerial advisors from the temptation of announcing policy on the run. A close relationship with the Minister and Department heads was vital to the success of such a strategy as was developing trust and relationships with key media commentators and news anchors.
Course participants commended the balance of classroom presentations, agency visits and intensive workshop-discussion sessions as methods of teaching and learning appropriate to them. Other highlights of agency visits and briefing sessions were those provided by the Corporate Strategy & Marketing and Strategic Research & International Alliances units of the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), the National Press Club, National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), SBS Audio and Language Content (formerly SBS Radio), Community Broadcasting Station Radio, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and the Australian Press Council.
Participants unanimously agreed that the ANU course left a profound impact particularly on expanding their perspectives in media and broadcasting work and ANU are currently in discussions with the Ministry for course reiteration in September 2011.
The inagural session of the Public Financial Management Leadership Development Program, jointly implemented by Crawford Executive Education and the Department of Finance and Deregulation, formally kicked-off on 7 February. Professor Trevor Breusch of the Crawford School and First Assistant Secretary Mr. Lembit Suur of the Department of Finance and Deregulation (DOFD) were among those who officially welcomed the 13 participants from the Pacific Islands Financial Managers' Association (PIFMA). The group was treated to a traditional Australian spit roast dinner at the Old Canberra House garden after a welcome to country ceremony led by Aunty Agnes Shea of the Ngunnawal community. Also joining the program were Ms, Octavia Borthwick (Assistant Director General, PNG and Solomon Island Branch, AusAid), Mr. Suhas Joshi (Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre Advisor) and officers of the Asia-Pacific Partnership Branch of DOFD led by Mr Greg Moore and Jacquie Wilkinson. Course Convenors Dr. David Rosalky and Mr Mick Shadwick conducted the academic orientation on the same day.
Right: The ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Chubb shared insights on his role and challenges in managing the university in a meeting with the CSC 13 delegation leaders on 26 November 2010.
Right: University Chancellor Prof Gareth Evans addressed the CSC 13 delegates on the early part of the 12-week programme. Prof Evans touched on the current issues and challenges surrounding the Australian tertiary education sector..
Left: Deputy Director, Professor Trevor Breusch, and other Crawford officials and staff welcomed the 15 participants for the Thailand OCSC - Public Sector Leadership in a Changing World. Minister Counsellor (Education), Ms. Thanida Techachokvivat, from the Office of Educational Affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy joined the delegation headed by Mr. Boonsiri Angkurat in the opening programme on the 16th of August.
Right: The IRAQ TRADE POLICY AND TRADE NEGOTIATION COURSE offically opened with a welcome to country ceremony on 6th July. The Iraqi Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr. Mouayed Saleh, joined the Crawford School officials and staff in welcoming the 19 participants to Canberra..
A delegation of 12 senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam visited Crawford School on 27th March.
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Left: The CSC delegation and Course Convenor, Dr. Norman Abjorensen, with the ACT Chief Minister after an afternoon visit to the ACT legislative assembly.
The Crawford School was recently appointed the principal service provider for the Iraq Trade Policy and Trade Negotiation Program from 2010 to 2011 after a competitive nation-wide tender process by the Iraq Partnership Facility.
Dr. Sue Jackson will discuss the issues surrounding Indigenous interest and water planning with particular attention to the situation in the Murray-Darling Basin and in Northern Australia in a lecture on 21 May 2010.
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