Awards success for Monash Business School
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recently announced the results of applications to Round 15 of the Australia Awards Fellowship Program, and three applications led by researchers from the Monash Business School have been successful.
Associate Professor Quamrul Alam and Professor Julian Teicher, both from the Department of Management, received their grant for their project Capacity Development of Bangladesh Public Servants for Infrastructure Management.
This project will bring a group of 20 Bangladeshi public servants to Australia for eight weeks. They will attend workshops and seminars, and visit Australian major infrastructure projects built using public-private partnerships.
The grant received by Associate Professor Ramanie Samaratunge and Dr Lakmal Abeysekera, also from the Department of Management, will allow them to study further the skills development of district/divisional secretariats for improving small to medium enterprises in Sri Lanka.
The project will enhance the leadership and entrepreneurship skills of district and divisional secretaries, assisting them to promote small and micro-business ventures in Sri Lanka. This project is aligned with major development projects in Sri Lanka and will improve the living standards of poverty-stricken families, in particular those headed by women.
Dr Jagjit Plahe from the Department of Management is leading a cross-faculty research project with Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea from the Faculty of Education, Professor Marika Vicziany from the Faculty of Arts, and Professor Chris Arup from the Department of Business Law and Taxation.
Their project, Understanding/Promoting Links Between Traditional Culture/Knowledge, Food Security and Sustainability in South Asia, aims to enhance the capacity of 25 South Asian fellows to research, document and utilise traditional knowledge systems in addressing food and livelihood security especially in remote, rural communities. It also aims to enhance the capacity of the fellows to promote the role of women in local agriculture.
Deputy Dean Research, Monash Business School
The Deputy Dean Research for the Business School, Professor Gary Magee, said this year's success was the best result the school had achieved from applications to this scheme.
"These projects, which will together bring over $1.25 million of research income to the Monash Business School, will develop the capacities of public servants in several South Asian countries," Professor Magee said.
"They cement the Business School's relationship with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as the Department's first choice for research into leadership and development in Asia.
"I warmly congratulate the project leaders and their teams on their success."