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New Executive Committee Members

At the recent AGM the following new elected Executive Council members were welcomed onto the WACE  Executive Council 

  • Anne-Marie Fannon, Canada 

  • Brigitte Ilg, Germany 
  • Dr. Jenny Fleming, New Zealand 
  • Ian Sladen , USA 

Four outgoing Executive Council members were thanked for their  significant contributions to WACE over many years: 

  • Dr .Nancy Johston, Canada 
  • Prof Jim Stellar, USA 
  • Axel Gerloff , Germany 
  • Dr Zorica Pantic , USA 

More information about the AGM and Annual report is available here.

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Global Challenge wins the 2022 PIEoneer Real Life Learning Award

WACE is excited to announce that Global Challenge is the winner of the 2022 PIEoneer Real Life Learning Award. The PIEoneer awards recognise innovation and achievement across the global education industry. WACE congratulates all other finalists and the winners of these prestigious awards.

Special thanks to our WACE members Karima Ramji, Shabnam Ivkovic , Dave Fenton, Norah McRae, Patrice Twomey and our partners at Practera Beau Leese, Zoe DeReus, Kabita Rai and Suzy Watson.

Thanks to the many WACE members and University partners who have supported and participated in this innovative programme.

  • Torrens University
  • University of Queensland
  • UNSW
  • University of Victoria
  • Gujarat National Law university
  • Kanazawa Institute of Technology
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Suranaree University of Technology
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Karnavati University
  • Botho University
  • Mc Master University
  • German Jordanian University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Limerick
  • Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Exeter
  • Drexel University
  • Aga Khan University
  • Mount Royal University
  • University of Central Asia
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Western Australia
  • RMIT
  • Universidad de Guanajuato
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Canberra
  • Ashesi University
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University
  • Uni of South Africa
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Western Sydney University

Thanks also to the organisations across the globe providing projects for the Global Challenge student teams and also to the brilliant hardworking students who have made the programme such a success.

Recently the WACE Global Challenge and the work of WACE member, Botho University were highlighted in an International Finance Corporation Webinar

How to Prepare Your Students for the Next Globalization Era

We are entering the next era of globalization. Following the pandemic, remote work has become commonplace, while environmental and social issues are earning greater attention. How is academia preparing students for this new global market? How are they engaging employers to provide students with the skills needed to remain competitive? What tools and programs exist to help educators in this process? In this webinar, we will explore these topics and discuss practical solutions for taking action within your institution.


Judie Kay is the Vice Chair Programs and Partnerships and an Executive Committee member for the World Association for Work-Integrated Education (WACE); and a consultant on graduate employability at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Previously Judie was the Director, Employability & Career Education at RMIT. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Aravinda Ram is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Botho University- a pan African on-campus and distance-learning institution based in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Eswatini. She oversees the University's employability strategy supporting students and alumni. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Isabel Dingler is Innovation & Sustainability Consultant at Sharkbite Innovation, a consulting firm based in Germany, where she assists businesses to take action toward achieving the UN SDGs to attain a sustainable future. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

The session was moderated by Amy Refaat, Senior Private Sector Specialist, IFC.

Higher education institutions have an unprecedented opportunity to become more competitive by embracing the employability agenda. IFC’s webinar series on Employability in Higher Education shares lessons learned with educators intent on ensuring rewarding careers for their graduates. 

Link to Recording

WACE partners with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) a member of the World Bank Group

WACE is delighted to announce it is entering into a memorandum of understanding to partner with the International Finance Corporation. The IFC’s mission is to ‘advance economic development by encouraging the growth of private enterprise in developing countries’. WACE is partnering with the education division of the IFC which has the goal of developing capacity in higher education institutions especially in Latin America and Africa. This division is particularly interested in strengthening WIL and career programming in higher education institutions in these regions.

The WACE IFC partnership will focus on :

  • Information sharing
  • Benchmarking
  • Staff capacity building
  • Employer engagement
  • Institutional and student focused global

WACE looks forward to working together with the IFC in building capacity and engagement in work integrated learning.

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