As a leading international development partner, the International Projects Unit (IPU) creates meaningful impact through the delivery of high quality capacity building programs in developing countries.

Our mission is to promote the university's engagement in international development projects and our positive contribution to development outcomes, broadening QUT's international and industry networks and contributing to our research and innovation agenda.

Areas of expertise

Since 2001, IPU has delivered more than 200 projects in the areas of:

  • health
  • leadership, governance and change management
  • business and entrepreneurship
  • education and VET
  • private sector development and capacity building.

IPU is experienced in delivering projects in South and West Asia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, PNG and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

Our impact

STEM education

This bespoke graduate certificate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education was delivered by the QUT Faculty of Education to a group of 26 principals and educators from Papua New Guinea over 12 weeks. The objective of the course was to equip educators with the skills and knowledge to confidently teach STEM in their classrooms and schools.

Participants have explored recent developments in STEM, digital technologies as tools for learning in a STEM environment, expanded their theoretical knowledge of STEM education and improved technical and communication skills to design, evaluate and analyse developments in STEM education.

Safety in the construction sector

This short course aimed to provide Cambodian participants with improved understanding of construction standards relevant to safety, understand best practice in strengthening industry compliance regulations, workplace health and safety legislation, explore principles of sustainable construction, inclusive design and understand the effects of climate change on built environment.

Participants included mid to senior level officers from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, Council for the Development of Cambodia; representatives from municipal governments of Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville.

Democratic Resilience: Digital and Media Literacy

This Australia Awards Indonesia short course provided professionals from Indonesia’s government, police, media, non-government organisations, education and research with the opportunity to engage with Australia’s leading researchers and experts in the field and explore Australian practice and policy around digital and media literacy (DML).

The program’s focus was to help digital and media practitioners, policy makers and other core stakeholders to build digital and media literacy, to counter mis/disinformation and hate speech, and to promote pluralism and tolerance through social media and digital platforms.

During the two-week intensive program, 24 participants completed training at QUT with leading experts from the School of Communication, before travelling to Sydney to visit government, industry and academic leaders in the field.

Social Protection Policy

This Australia Awards Indonesia course focuses on social protection policy, institutional arrangements and the integration of data between government agencies that have a role in delivery of national transfer programs.

This course was designed to provide Indonesian policy makers with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Australian social protection policies and their evolution, with particular focus on income support to people living with disability as well as elderly populations; broader institutional arrangements for social protection policy and programming; Australian public-sector data sharing relevant to social transfers including associated challenges for evidence-based social protection policy making and implementation; and the use of current and emerging enabling technology in Australia for social protection.

Twenty-five Indonesian policy makers completed this two-week intensive training program in Brisbane and Canberra, where they observed design and implementation of social protection policy.


The International Projects Unit combines our expertise in project management and delivery with QUT’s real-world innovation and research expertise.

By partnering with university experts who are leading practitioners in their field, we provide high quality, impactful programs, while our partnerships with QUT’s faculties build the capacity of our researchers and provide international consultancy opportunities to improve development outcomes.

We partner with industry both in Australia and internationally, drawing on our extensive industry, private and public sector linkages and networks to deliver cutting edge, innovative programs.

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With more than 3000 alumni, the IPU has developed a network of partners around the world. To foster and develop this partnership, QUT has established a Master of Philosophy Development Scholarship, funded by the IPU.

Contact us

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact the International Projects Unit.