In collaboration with Fiji National University’s College of Business, twenty Griffith Business School (GBS) students embarked on a journey that transcended the confines of textbooks and lecture halls. The recently concluded 3004GBS Human Resources Study Tour course took the students to the vibrant city of Nadi, Fiji, where they explored the contribution of human resource management (HRM) to the efficiency and productivity of organisations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the guidance of Dr. William Vuk Despotovic and Dr. Judy Taubner-Ragg from the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, the course seamlessly blended theoretical acumen with hands-on experiences.

The program kicked off with a series of enlightening lectures at Fiji National University, delving into HR planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, and performance management. Academic staff from both institutions collaborated to provide a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of HRM in the Asia-Pacific context.

However, the students were not confined to the four walls of a classroom. They took part in an array of activities, from interactive workshops on cross-cultural competency and intercultural communication to insightful presentations by Reddy Group, Fiji Air Terminal Services, and the National Training and Productivity Centre. The study tour even included site visits and HRM presentations at Fiji Airports Ltd, offering a firsthand look at the practical applications of HRM principles.

Beyond the academic rigors, the students were afforded the opportunity to soak in the rich Fijian culture, history, and arts. From vibrant Diwali celebrations to forging connections with local counterparts, the experience became a holistic exploration that transcended traditional educational boundaries.

Griffith University Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Government International Relations student, Deeya David, shared her reflections, stating,

The experience not only enabled me to develop and apply HRM knowledge, gain insights into HRM processes but also fostered lasting connections with FNU buddies and fellow Griffith students.”

Emma White, a Bachelor of Business student, echoed the sentiment, describing the study tour as “definitely a highlight of my academic studies” and expressing how it has shaped her interest in global HRM.

This transformative initiative was made possible through the generous support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program, reflecting its commitment to fostering global citizenship among students.

As these students return to their academic pursuits, their enriched perspectives and newfound connections stand as a testament to the power of international collaboration in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.