New partnership to benefit USQ professional studies

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New partnership to benefit USQ professional studies

New partnership to benefit USQ professional studies

17 Sep 2014 
Dr van der Laan, Professor Janet Verbyla, Professor Barbara de la Harpe, Professor Rhod McNeill and Pharos CEO Wade Azmy

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has signed a new agreement to further expand the reach of its Professional Studies programs.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pharos Consulting Group Ltd. – an executive and organisation development company – covered a range of areas including education, training, mentorship and research.

USQ Professional Studies director Dr Luke van der Laan said he believed the new alliance would provide a wealth of opportunities for working Australians gaining access to meaningful university professional development opportunities.

“The Professional Studies programs have been designed for people to develop their skills and gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining their current employment.

“The collaboration is designed to result in the development of mutually beneficial projects such as professional development programs; organisational development programs; and exploration of work integrated learning opportunities,” he said.

“This will ultimately equate to a more enhanced experience for individuals wishing to gain higher education qualifications in a series of courses already tailor made for professionals.”

Dr van der Laan said Professional Studies is a modern way of opening up university learning opportunities and qualifications for busy professionals.

“Mid to senior career professionals recognise the importance of lifelong learning; the need for self-directed career development; and the value of credentials in achieving their aspirations,” he said.

“However, many either can’t or have chosen not to participate in traditional tertiary education for a number of reasons.

“Yet, they represent a significant proportion of the workforce who is increasingly looking to the higher education sector to advance their careers.”

Dr van der Laan said it’s important that USQ continued to build alliances with key industry partners.

“We already have a number of valuable relationships with organisations (such as the Queensland Police Service and Deloittes Southeast Asia).

“This MoU with Pharos Leadership is the first step in building a valuable relationship between USQ’s Professional Studies program and a leading executive coaching company.”

For more information about Professional Studies at USQ, visit

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