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UQ offers MicroMasters program in global development

The University of Queensland will launch its pioneering Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters course in January 2017 – the first of its kind to be offered in Australia.

The MicroMasters program is a new category of Masters-level online education, delivered on the edX online learning platform founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Leaders in Global Development is the first of four online courses offered by UQx which will go live on 10 January 2017, and teach key leadership skills, concepts and theories to equip the next generation of leaders in international development.

Professor Mark Moran from UQ’s Institute for Social Science Research said the MicroMasters courses offered a unique opportunity for professionals working in the development sector to establish or enhance their leadership skills.

“Too often, postgraduate offerings in development studies focus on technical skills rather than the leadership skills,” he said.

“As the development sector becomes increasingly complex, and the number of organisations providing assistance to developing countries grows, employers are demanding higher qualifications and leadership skills from their employees.

“The MicroMasters provides people with a cost effective and highly flexible pathway to a 12-month on-campus Masters at UQ,” he said.

The four courses may be taken individually as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), or if studied together with capstone assessment they form one of the key entry requirements for a Masters degree in Leadership in Global Development at UQ.

UQx Director John Zornig said the MicroMasters program was an innovative multi-disciplinary platform.

“Led by the Institute for Social Science Research, the MicroMasters program at UQ brings together the development leadership expertise of the UQ Business School, UQ International Development, International WaterCentre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, Global Change Institute, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,” he said.

“The MicroMasters draws upon UQ’s membership in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, based in New York, and many practitioners and academics around the globe for first-hand accounts on complex development leadership issues.”

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