Hugh Philp, Foundation Professor of Education (1966-1983)
Hugh Philp, Foundation Professor of Education (1966-1983)

International education development research and implementation

Involved in projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, Hugh Philp worked with aid organisations including World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, AIDAB, the Ford Foundation and the Bernard Van Leer Foundation.

His work addressed all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education, and frequently involved pivotal reviews or evaluations of education programs, systems and services. These projects informed the orientation of teaching and research in Macquarie’s School of Education for which Philp was the Foundation Professor of Education.

In 1967 Philp was invited to participate in a restructuring of Indonesian education following the fall of President Soekarno and Macquarie  subsequently inaugurated a training program for that nation’s education planners. The graduates later became senior policy administrators in private and public education.

Similarly, in 1969, Philp was a member of a group of international experts who supported a Philippine team undertaking a Presidential Review of Philippine Education and Macquarie staff subsequently assisted in implementing nationwide reforms across Philippine education.

Collaborating with local agencies and educators, his international projects centred on meeting local needs and fostering educational advantage by marrying scholarly research with practical initiatives that developed local skills, expertise and autonomy.

A parallel focus marked his work with disadvantaged groups in Australia. Committed to Aboriginal education and welfare, Philp was involved in the Aboriginal Training and Cultural Institute, which developed programs for outlying Aboriginal communities.

Philp initiated a long-term project to enhance educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Sydney’s Mt Druitt region by developing and evaluating targeted preschool programs, teacher training and community support.

Extracted and adapted from Halse, Christine (1998) Hugh Whitelaw Stuart Philp: local, national and international educator, Unicorn, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 110-114, Australian College of Education, Carlton, Vic

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