UQ and Southern & Central Asia

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India

Collaboration in action

Empowering female leaders in Pakistan

In January 2017, UQ International Development (part of the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education) led a Short Course Award for female police officers from the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial arms of the Pakistan Police Service. Delivered in Islamabad, the course focused on leadership, policing, and gender-based violence to address the technical and legal aspects of preventing and policing incidents, as well as the professional development principles that affect Awardees and their organisations. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the course was delivered by international experts in gender-based violence, specifically within a Pakistani context. 

Teaching psychology in Maldives

Master of Counselling graduate Shehenaz Ismail (pictured) teaches neuropsychology, forensic psychology, cognitive psychology, and counselling psychology at the Maldives National University. Ms Ismail educated the first batch of Bachelor of Psychology students trained in the Maldives, and is now involved in the development of a Masters of Clinical Psychology program for the University – another first of its kind in the Maldives. The passionate psychologist is also heavily involved in cancer support research and counselling, having initiated and developed the first – and currently only – cancer support group in the Maldives for patients, survivors, and primary care takers.

Screen time linked to teen depression

Teenagers in Bangladesh who exercised less than 1 hour a day, and who had more than 2 hours of screen time per day, are more than twice as likely to report depressive symptoms than those who exercised for an hour a day. The research by School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences' Dr Asad Khan showed screen time among young people has increased considerably in recent years due to socio-economic transition and the advancement of technology. Combined with low physical activity, the 'double burden' presents a variety of health and psychosocial problems. Dr Khan’s team will now develop a culturally appropriate intervention to help Bangladeshi adolescents increase physical activity.

Capitalising on Pakistan's horticulture potential

Pakistan’s horticulture industry, one of the largest in the world, has huge growth potential in both domestic and export markets. However, the industry's performance is well below potential, and the marketing system is widely considered to be a key factor. In response, an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project is investigating domestic and foreign market potential, identifying problems, and formulating an appropriate marketing policy reforms program. UQ is collaborating on the project with 11 international institutions, including the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, the Karachi School of Business and Leadership, and Sindh Agricultural University.

Student mobility

UQ International Development

UQ International Development (UQID), within the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ), undertakes a wide range of development projects across a range of regions globally. South-West Asia is a key region of focus, with Pakistan being a priority country for development activity in the region. UQID works closely with Scope Global, the managing contractor for DFAT-funded development projects including Australia Awards short courses.

UQ Economics Sri Lanka Scholarship

The School of Economics has established a strong connection with Sri Lanka, attracting high achieving students, and we are proud of their contribution to the UQ student body. We also have strong connections with our local Brisbane Sri Lankan community who are keen to support Sri Lankan students with mentoring and internship opportunities.

Alumni

UQ has more than 1,100 alumni from Southern and Central Asia, including:

Alumni

Pakistan

UNICEF Pakistan Officer in Charge/Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Specialist (Masters of Development Practice 2007)
Afghanistan

Rotary Peace Fellow (Master of International Studies – Peace and Conflict Resolution 2016)
Pakistan

Action Against Hunger Agriculture Coordinator (Master of Rural Development 2016)
Maldives

Head, Environmental Protection Agency (Masters of Environmental Management)

Fast facts

Southern and Central Asia region

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Afghanistan

Students: 1 
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 10
Co-publications: 2
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Armenia

Armenia

Students: 0
Academic staff: 1
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 2

Flag of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Students: 2
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 7
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Students: 101
Academic staff: 13
Alumni: 120
Co-publications: 33
Project collaborations: 1
Agreements: 0
Trips: 12

Flag of Bhutan

Bhutan

Students: 5
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 23
Co-publications: 3
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 1

Flag of Georgia

Georgia

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 3
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of India

India

Students: 359
Academic staff: 76
Alumni: 553
Co-publications: 90
Project collaborations: 2
Agreements: 19
Trips: 117

Flag of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Students: 4
Academic staff: 2
Alumni: 17
Co-publications: 4
Project collaborations: 1
Agreements: 1
Trips: 3

Flag of Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 1
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of the Maldives

Maldives

Students: 13
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 53
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 2

Flag of Nepal    

Nepal

Students: 39
Academic staff: 5
Alumni: 52
Co-publications: 3
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 4

Flag of Pakistan

Pakistan

Students: 82
Academic staff: 11
Alumni: 141
Co-publications: 46
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 8

Flag of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Students: 61
Academic staff: 19
Alumni: 131
Co-publications: 15
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 13

Flag of Tajikistan

Tajikistan

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Turkmentistan

Turkmenistan

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

Flag of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Students: 0
Academic staff: 0
Alumni: 0
Co-publications: 0
Project collaborations: 0
Agreements: 0
Trips: 0

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Fast facts based on 2016 full year data.