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University College upskills SE Asian aquaculture scientists

A group of South-East Asian marine aquaculture scientists are visiting Tasmanian agribusiness and aquaculture facilities as part of a series projects to build finfish-related teaching capacity in Indonesia and Cambodia.

Six Indonesian and a Cambodian researcher are visiting north and north-west Tasmanian operations, including Huon Aquaculture, Petuna Seafoods, Agronico, Dornauf’s dairy farm and the Australian Maritime College, while undertaking an advanced short course delivered by the University of Tasmania’s University College.

The party includes a former University of Tasmania student Yasmina Nirmala Asih from Indonesia, who today (Thursday, 28 November) will renew acquaintances at the Australian Maritime College for the first time since graduating in 2014 from IMAS Newnham with a Master of Applied Science with Marine Environment Honours.

Train the Trainer: A Short Course in Advanced Design of Work-Based Learning Activities for Training Courses and Capacity Building is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and by the Fisheries Research Program.

ACIAR’s $33,600 funding is contingent on the Indonesian participants returning to Indonesian research centres to share the information learned.

The six-day trip includes a two-day workshop and a two-day field.

The aim of the cooperative projects is to accelerate the development of finfish mariculture in both Indonesia and Cambodia by enhancing the delivery of training.

Project coordinator Emeritus Professor Janelle Allison said the short courses followed the first stage of a project in curriculum design at national marine aquaculture research facilities at Makassar and Bali in Indonesia.

The second stage of the project involved preparing Cambodian marine aquaculture scientists for placements at the Indonesian facilities.

“This follows my initial training with the Indonesian participants in Curriculum Design and that this short course is a follow-on in Advanced Curriculum Design,” Professor Allison said.

“These two short courses (intensive-mode delivery) could be available to other University of Tasmania staff as they have been designed at AQF 8 (Graduate Certificate) level.”

Professor Allison said Indonesian participants had been keen to visit working farms in Australia.

“There has been a strong level of support from Tasmanian industry for the courses,” she said.

Professor Allison said the Indonesians could see the benefit of applying the curriculum design approaches to other training streams that were offered at their national research centres.

The use of digital technologies was an important part of building teaching capacity.

“The aquaculture teaching team at University College are now able to use digital technologies to demonstrate layered fish dissection and have developed YouTube clips of fish feeding and larval rearing,” she said.

“These kinds of training materials help bridge the English language gap and means that the Cambodians can revisit the material as often as needed when they return to Cambodia after their placements at two Indonesian research facilities.”    

Professor Allison said University College staff were ideally equipped to deliver the short courses because of their experience in work-based/experiential learning and the use of digital technologies in teaching.

Pictured: Andi Indra Jaya Asaad and Yasmina Nirmala Asih at Natone Fly Fishery near Burnie.

Published on: 28 Nov 2019 1:54pm