Professional development courses

We offer professional development opportunities through short courses and workshops. 

International Security
Professional development programme for armed forces

This is a customised professional development programme which includes English language study for defence and security and the Postgraduate Certificate in International Security (comprised of two 30 credit postgraduate courses).

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The English component will be delivered by the Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE).  There will also be lectures and tutorials delivered by academic staff from the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and other security experts (e.g. defence attaches and government).

Accommodation, excursions and field trips can be included. 

For all enquiries please contact:
Anne-Marie Ngan
Programme Co-ordinator
Professional Education and International Study Tours

Pacific Security Dynamics

Dates for next course in 2018 to be announced - please email us for further information

This 4-day course focuses on policy-relevant strategic approaches to the study of comprehensive security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, relevant to the interests of New Zealand and partner nations.

Pacific Security Dynamics       Short Course Participants September 2017

Who is the course for?

This course will benefit individuals or teams from New Zealand and foreign governmental agencies, defence and security organisations, private industries, and non-governmental organisations interested in security and development in the Pacific region.

The course provides a platform for inter-agency, whole-of-society and region-wide security dialogue and networking.

What is included in the course content?

The course examines current and emerging security trends and issues, such as shifts in regional geopolitics, major power competition, inter-state and intra-state conflicts, terrorism and transnational crime, security aspects of economic development and trade, environmental, maritime, and human security challenges, as well as the role of regional multi-lateral institutions.

It includes an examination of the security-development nexus as a useful lens through which to understand the challenges facing the Pacific Region. Humanitarian, assistance, disaster relief, and climate insecurity will be discussed as well.

An evening networking event is also included on the first day of the course.

Lead Academic Presenters and Facilitators

International and local guest speakers from Government, business and NGO's will be presenting.  The previous course held in 2017 featured the following:

  • Dr Joe Burton, Senior Lecturer, Political Science and Public Policy, University of Waikato
  • Dr Jason Young, Senior Lecturer, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University
  • Josie Pagani, Director, Council for International Development  
  • Charlotte Beaglehole, Head of International Branch, NZ Ministry of Defence
  • Andrew Needs, Assistant Secretary, Pacific Branch, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Professor Rouben Azizian, Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies
  • Dr Anna Powles, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Defence and Security Studies
  • Dr Marc Lanteigne, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Defence and Security Studies

For all enquiries, please email us at or telephone 06 350 5876

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