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Carline Denise Bentley

Carline Denise Bentley

Name: Carline Denise Bentley

School: School of Economics

Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics

Degree of Enrollment: Masters of Commerce in Economics

Research Area: Economic Growth

Current Research Summary:

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was established by the United Nations in the year 2000 dedicated to 8 international goals to be achieved by 2015. Focusing on health, education, nutrition, food security and poverty eradication, driven toward the most poorest, and developing countries. While, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be effective between 2015 and 2030 are more diverse and aim at focusing on all countries, not only the poorest, through addressing the well-being of every individual world-wide and is driven on the idea of equity amongst the most disadvantaged groups. However, many of the goals in the MDGs are also part of SDGs. This research will outline the relationship between off-track sustainable development goals and economic growth in specific Pacific Island Countries, inferring that these goals do not only improve social well-being of a country but also economic-wellness. Since different countries have different drivers of growth, some of these goals will improve economic growth, however some may be shown to have no effect. Further adding recommendations for these countries on which areas of focus on in terms of policies and/or reforms to boost socio-economic and economic development according to each specific country, according to their economic growth drivers.

Testimonial- Graduate Assistant Scholarship Scheme:

After a year gap working in a different field, the idea of coming back to University and starting my Masters was quite daunting. However, with the help of the Research Office and getting to know the other GAs, I was able to transition right back into University life.

The Graduate Assistant Scholarship provides many benefits as per the contract, however I feel that we also receive many indirect benefits. We get to know faculty members more personally rather than just as a ‘lecturer’ or a ‘faculty member’. Being given the opportunity to teach while studying full-time not only helps build my confidence and interpersonal skills but teaching with and working directly under high-achieving academics gives me the chance to learn a great deal from them. In addition, it is easy to get side-tracked while undertaking your Masters, and under this scholarship, the Research Office monitors your performance to ensure you are on the right track. The scholarship generally made transitioning into Masters much easier than if I were enrolled as a private student.