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Professional development and tailored courses

We can tailor courses and workshops for your organisation to your specific needs. Contact us to make further inquiries. 

Professional short courses are a perfect way to extend your knowledge and skills or stay up-to-date with technology, trends and emerging issues. Massey University’s academic and professional staff have experience linking current research and theory to your workplace, making your learning relevant and practical.

Our courses will benefit individuals or teams from New Zealand and foreign governmental agencies, defence and security organisations, private industries, and nongovernmental organisations interested in contemporary security and defence issues.

Pacific Security Dynamics

25 - 28 August 2020
Executive Seminar Suite, Massey Wellington Campus

This four day course combines the academic and practice expertise of  New Zealand’s leading thinkers and policymakers to deliver an in-depth study of comprehensive security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The course examines current and emerging challenges to the Asia-Pacific security environment and their implications for New Zealand.

Asia Pacific Region Map  

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.

Examples of key topics?

  • The implications of the New Zealand Government’s policy “reset” towards the Pacific Islands
  • Shifts within regional geopolitics and major power competition
  • Korean Peninsula and South China Sea
  • Non-traditional security threats, such as climate change and cyber security
  • The security-trade-development nexus
  • Regional security cooperation mechanisms. 

Participants will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of complex regional security challenges and strategic trends
  • Assess the current New Zealand responses to regional security challenges and consider alternative multi-stakeholder collaborative arrangements.

Lead Academic Presenters and Facilitators

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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).

The English component is 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. 

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