On Wednesday 28th November, the Institute for Governance celebrated the graduation of 120 students from three Federal governments as part of their graduate programs. Students from The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and The Department of Infrastructure and Transport completed Graduate Certificates in Public Administration and the students from the Australian Bureau of Statistics gained a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.
The significance of the ceremony was reflected in the calibre of guests which included Departmental Secretaries Dr Conall O’Connell, Mr Mike Mrdak and Assistant Statistician Mr Chris Libreri all giving speeches on the value their students receive by studying at The Institute. All three guest speakers agreed the education program IGPA delivers is an invaluable learning tool that has only brought benefits to their departments.
University of Canberra Vice Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker also gave a speech touching on the University and the Institute’s strength in delivering adaptable government graduate programs before presenting awards to the top student from each cohort.
Student speaker from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Robert Aktinson commented on his learning experience saying one of the things he learnt was to ask the question, “Is our policy really evidence based?”
The celebration was enjoyed by all and marked the end of another successful year of professional development partnerships for IGPA.
You can find the photos from event here.