Personal details

Professor Hitendra Pillay
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Discipline *
Specialist Studies in Education, Education Systems
+61 7 3138 3030
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of New South Wales), MA (The University of the South Pacific), MSc (University of New South Wales), BEd (The University of the South Pacific), DipEd (The University of the South Pacific)


co-operative/community based learning., cognition and learning, development of multimedia learning materials, education reform, educational computer games, learning strategies for higher-order thinking skills, learning to learn, workplace education & training

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Hitendra Pillay is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology.  He has multi-disciplinary background ranging from education to engineering to cognitive science – resulting in a diverse academic research portfolio. He has won many research grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Taiwan National Science Council, Australian Development Research Award Scheme, and published over 130 academic papers and over 100 technical reports for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Australian Aid and the European Union. Professor Pillay has successfully supervised over 30 PhDs and worked in 35 countries ( OECD and developing  countries) as either education sector expert or university academic. His understanding of knowledge systems and human cognition privileges him to be innovative and develop complex schemas for cross discipline knowledge creation and associated applications. Drawing on his multi-disciplinary academic research and social sector development work his current research interest is synthesizing the fragmented research agendas into more holistic and cross disciplinary models of knowledge creation, innovation and global development.

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  • TVET in Fiji: Better alignment between skills development and labor market demand. Fiji Higher Education Commission contract. Lead Specialist, 2018
  • E-learning for Secondary Science Education in the Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  Government of New Zealand.  Contract. Design Team Leader-2018
  • Education Policy and Planning expert. Asian Development Bank  TA 8774 REG. 2016-1017 Support  analytical work on global trends and innovation in post-secondary education for preparation of knowledge products,  evidence based policy dialogue in selected CWA countries and contribute as a speaker in the post-secondary education forum.
  • Partnership for Innovation in Education in Asia and the Pacific. Asian Development Bank  Technical assistance – Co financed by the Govt of Finland. 2014-2016. TA8503-REG. Team Leader
  • Current Status of Vocational Education in India. BHP Billiton limited , Singapore. Contract research -QV Ref # 50. 2014. Lead Researcher
  • Adjunct Professor:  Research Capacity Development, University of the South Pacific, 2013-ongoing.
  • Samoa SchoolNet Project, ADB Grant # SAM 36513-03: RTI International Consultancy Services Contract Number 8305 Jan 2010 to Dec 2013 Samoa. Team Leader
  • AUSAID/EC Education Sector Support Project; AUSAID, Indonesia. Contract # 50827. 24 May 2009 – 9th Oct 2009, Indonesia,
  • ESDP 1960 – Project Completion Report for ESDP policy reform loan, Uzbekistan, ADB, 24 May 2008 – 9th Oct 2008, Uzbekistan,
  • Basic Education Project – Indonesia – AUSAID, 25 Mar 2006 – 30 Jun 2006, Indonesia,
  • Samoa SchoolNet & Community Access- Asian Development Bank: ADB TA No 4305-SAM, 15 Feb 2005 – 28 Feb 2006, Samoa,
  • Albanian Education Reform Project – World Bank Credit # 3343-ALB, 30 Jun 2004 – 07 Feb 2005, Albania, Chief Education Sector Advisor .
  • Central Asian Regional Project- Asian Development Bank: ADB TA5988-REG, 1 May 2003 – 12 Sep 2003, Central Asia,
  • QLD Rail People Management Program Q-RAIL, 20 May 2003 – 23 May 2003, Australia,
  • Tajikistan Social Sector Development Project- Asian Development Bank: ADB TA 3704-TAJ, 17 May 2002 – 31 July 2002, Tajikistan,
  • Education Sector Project Thailand- Asian Development Bank: ADB TA 3885- THAI, 28 Feb 2002 – 17 May 2002, Thailand,
  • Learning and Innovation – World Bank LIL project, 09 April 1999 – 23 July 1999, Azerbaijan,
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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Implementing and monitoring education policy and practices for people with disability in the South Pacific
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Disability;Education;Inclusive Education;Professional Development
Industry-school Partnerships: A Strategy to Enhance Education and Training Opportunities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Youth Employment;Education Policy;Industry-school Partnerships;Curriculum Innovation