Welcome to the sixth edition of the WACE Newsletter. This newsletter is aimed at helping you stay connected to Co-operative & Work Integrated Education (CWIE) developments across the globe. WACE is the only international professional organization dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative & work-integrated education programs within industry and educational institutions.
WACE is very pleased to welcome many new universities to the WACE Community as well as long standing members who have recently renewed their membership. In this newsletter, we profile one of them, German-Jordanian (GJU) University, the first university in Jordan to offer cooperative study to their students. A reminder that WACE membership for this year is now available. Membership will enable institutions to take full advantage of WACE events and programmes, have a say in WACE’s future directions as well as obtain significant discounts for students to participate in the Global Challenge.
The WACE Global Challenge #1, which involved 98 students from 13 institutions with students located in 17 countries, has now finished with great outcomes. Expressions of interest for the next two Global Challenges #2 November 2021 and #3 January 2022 are currently open. Information sessions were held on the 6/7th September. Contact Judie Kay via email if you need more information.
Planning is well underway for next year’s WACE International Research Symposium in Japan at Kanazawa Institute of Technology August 31 – Sept 2nd 2022. This conference will be a hybrid event with both face to face and virtual components WACE is also seeking expressions of interest for hosting events in 2023 and 2024.
In more WACE news, in addition to WACE undergoing significant management changes over the past few years, we are also embarking on a refreshed governance structure. As the association is now based in Canada, we were required to develop by laws in accordance with Canadian laws for non profit organizations. This has resulted in a name for the association being registered as the Global Association for Co-operative and Work Integrated Education. However, we will continue to operate under the well known moniker of WACE. Additionally, we plan our first annual general meeting, election of directors to the governing Executive Council and appointment of members to the newly established Global Advisory Council. Please stay tuned for information on submitting nominations to these new bodies.
In this newsletter we also share news on upcoming professional development opportunities and announce a new Certificate for the Global WIL program recognised by WACE . There is also news from WACE network of partners, new WIL industry resources, and information about new WIL publications.
We welcome your feedback and any updates you would like to include in future editions of the newsletter and hope everyone is staying safe in these challenging times. Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this newsletter, and to Dr Kylie Twyford for her ongoing support of the newsletter.
Judie Kay, Norah McRae, Nancy Johnston, and Jim Stellar
The following sections are presented in this newsletter:
GLOBAL CHALLENGE UPDATE
In the WACE Global Challenge student multi-disciplinary, multinational teams undertake online projects with real clients over 4 weeks to help business, government and community organisations. These projects help to identify practical ‘Shared Value’ initiatives to create social, environmental & economic value linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Over 140 students from 17 institutions and 21 countries have now participated in the WACE the Global Challenge programme with great outcomes. In addition to the great diversity of students there is a broad range of companies from not for profits to large multinational companies from a broad range of countries
Students feedback for the most recent Global Challenge #1 included
- 90 % students improved their employability skills
- 69 % increased their social and professional networks
- 84 % students were successful at developing their chosen Global Skill
Register your institution to ensure participation in the upcoming Global Challenge programmes.
Global Challenge #2 November 2021:
- Programme dates: 15th November – 8th December 2021
- Expressions of interest by Institutions by 22 September
Global Challenge # 3 January 2022:
- Programme dates: 31st January – Wednesday 23rd February 2022
- Expressions of interest by Institutions by 30th November
Please note, WACE members receive a significantly discounted fee per student.