Global Challenge Pilot

WACE Global Student Collaborative Project Pilot: A success!

shipping container worldThe WACE Global Student Collaborative Projects’ (WGSCP) program in collaboration with Australian edtech, company Practera was successfully piloted in late 2020. It connected students from 9 WACE Institutional members from 8 countries in a WACE transnational project experience that included an industry project, cultural intelligence training, project presentations and reflection sessions.

Student feedback

Student reflecting on their experiences provided the following feedback

  • 82% Increased student’s employability skills
  • 80% Increased student’s social & professional networks
  • 56% Increased client’s business decision making
  • 88% Increased understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • 87% Increased their ability to communicate and collaborate with team members across cultures.

“It was an eye-opening experience for me and a great opportunity to work with actual clients to practice analytical and consulting skills.”

Khizer, University of Central Asia, Tajikistan

“I had a really great experience and built relationships with my group members that will definitely result in a lifetime bond. We met up and had fun while creating our business plan”

Elackeya, University of Waterloo, Canada

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This program was an amazing opportunity to network with other students and to gain experience in something that I have never done before.”

Stephen, University of Limerick, Ireland

The program has allowed me to network with people outside of my career and given me opportunities that would otherwise not have been presented to myself.“

Rebecca, University of Canberra, Australia

Partners

Participating industry partners and the institutions involved also provided very positive feedback from being involved in the program.

Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance based in Sydney, Australia was a project client. She said “This was a great program to quickly get actionable insight on specific issues from students with a global perspective. For just a couple of hours of my time, I was inspired by connecting with talented young people from around the world in a really structured way.”

Institutions involved in the pilot were:

  • DHBW Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany
  • Drexel University, USA
  • Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia
  • University of Canberra, Australia
  • University of Central Asia, Kyrgystan
  • University of Victoria, Canada
  • University of Waterloo, Canada
  • University of Limerick, Ireland

Program

The pilot program ran a 2-week virtual project where teams of students worked collaboratively to solve a challenge for a real organisation. The pilot focused on Shared Value projects aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) creating  strategies for better economic and social outcomes for the communities they serve. Students participated by working collaboratively as part of an international, interdisciplinary and inter-cultural student team virtually to deliver a project for organisations in Australia, Canada, UK, Germany and China.

PracteraPractera is an Australian edtech company delivering experiential learning projects programs scale to Universities across Australia and the USA.

The Cultural intelligence workshop in the pilot was presented by

  • Karima Ramji University of Victoria, Canada
  • Shabnam (Shay) Ivkovic University of Waterloo, Canada

For more information contact Judie Kay, Vice Chair Partnerships & Programs

WACE email: programspartnershipsvc@waceinc.org

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