Global Challenge FAQ
Who selects students and how?
Institutions recruit and select the students to participate in the Global Challenge. It is expected that students participating are self-motivated, able to juggle competing commitments, are good communicators, interested in a global experience and are able to be flexible. As this program operates in English, a good standard of written and verbal English communication is expected. Once selected, the institutions need to provide the student details to Practera by 28 May, 2021 for the first program in 2021.
Is there a limit to the number of students each Institution can put into each Global Challenge program?
The aim of the Global Challenge program is to form global student teams from diverse cultural backgrounds to work together on industry projects. As long as this is able to be achieved within each program there is no limit on the number of students an Institution can put forward.
What is the time commitment for students involved in the program
The program will take place over 4 weeks with an expectation that students attend approx. 3 hours of sessions including induction, cultural intelligence and meeting the client in the first week.
Over the next three weeks approximately 25 hours of project work and then in the final few days an hour and half presentation and reflection session. Approximately 30 hours over 4 weeks.
How are clients sourced? Do they get paid?
Practera has an industry engagement team who recruit, qualify and help collate the client project briefs. They ensure that the briefs are suitable for the student program timeframe. Clients do not pay to have their project completed.
What types of industries do the clients come from?
Clients are in a range of industry sectors including Start Up, Government and NGO (Non-Government Organisations) as examples. The pilot program in 2020 included clients from the Start Up, Consulting, Government, Innovative Technologies and Education sectors.
Who is Practera?
What is on the Practera platform? How do students access the platform?
The Practera platform provides students with the guidance to work their way through the three-week program. It provides all resources that students will need such as a welcome to the program, program map, recording of orientations, cross cultural workshop, introductory video, topics such as experiential learning, working in high performance teams, management consulting, templates for reports, individual and team self-reflections and 360s, feedback survey and downloadable certificate as examples.
Global Challenge has multi-disciplinary teams, will this experience suit all disciplines?
Global Challenge projects are not focused on any specific discipline knowledge but are more generic in nature. In the pilot in 2020, students successfully participated from a broad range of disciplines including business, electrical engineering, public management, visual arts, architecture and science with team members taking on different aspects of project tasks based on their skill sets.
Global Challenge replicates the multidisciplinary nature of current work environments and therefore provides students the chance to develop skills and an appreciation of the benefits of working with students from other disciplines.
What is expected from Tertiary Institutions in preparing their students to participate in a Global Challenge?
There are a range of induction and preparation activities in the Practera platform that students will work through as students will attend a detailed virtual orientation in order to set them up for success. However, it is expected that students will also undertake the regular preparation process that all WIL students undertake in their home institutions. In addition, it is expected that institutions brief their students about the expectations and commitments of their participation in this global program.
Can the Global Challenge experience be counted for academic credit?
At least one university in the 2020 pilot was able to count the Global Challenge towards academic credit for students. Arrangements for including Global Challenge for credit rest with the institution involved and their own academic processes. However, WACE and Practera are keen to support any institutions wanting to achieve this in any way.
How do the students manage time zone differences?
Operating across the globe including managing time zones is one of the skills of working in the 21st Century. Therefore participating in the Global Challenge is the perfect opportunity for students to begin to acquaint themselves with this concept and develop this skill. In preparation for Global Challenge, we recommend that institutions brief students on the real possibility that students will need to work outside their own countries’ business hours (approximately 7am-7pm as a guide but in intend to make minimal disruption to their daily schedules), accommodate students in other time zones and be flexible in their approach to undertaking their project.
What happens if a student team isn’t performing as well as we would expect?
Practera provides a range of support to assist students to function at their best including weekly reminders to keep them on track, digital pulse checks, follow-ups and coaching calls where required.
Despite all the support available, teams in the Global Challenge all operate differently based on a range of factors including individual differences, skills and contexts. It is good to remind students that you learn and develop skills from involvement in both a high performing team as well as one that isn’t performing quite as well. The reflection session will give students the opportunity to consider what went well, what could have gone better, what they have learnt from their experience and the skills they can apply in the future.
What happens if a student wants to withdraw during the program?
WACE and Practera have designed the program to optimize the student experience and minimize attrition from the program as much as possible. WACE strongly recommends that students receive a briefing by institutions prior to students committing to and starting the program about the benefits of participation as well as the challenges involved.
In addition Practera provides a range of support mechanisms during the Program such as weekly reminders to keep them on track, digital pulse checks, follow-ups and coaching calls where required. Students need to raise any concerns or issues quickly with their Practera contact so they can, if possible, be addressed.
If for particular circumstances a student is unable to continue and needs to withdraw from the program they should contact both their institution and the Practera contact. In these instances, the student will not receive the Global Challenge Certificate.
Why are the fees for the program different for OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and non-OECD countries?
WACE as a global organization is committed to inclusion and diversity and therefore has introduced a scaled approach for fees for all programs and activities to enable participation from as many Institutions from as wide a range of countries as possible. You can find a list of OECD countries here.