16 June 2016
200 international students deliver work integrated learning business projects for NSW Government.
Minister Ayres today joined 200 international students and representatives from 4 NSW Universities and 9 Government agencies in Parliament House for presentations from student teams participating in the first round of NSW Government ‘Global Scope’ program.
NSW Global Scope is a pilot project jointly developed by StudyNSW and Sydney experiential education technology start-up, intersective. It has offered Work Integrated Learning experience to almost 200 international students across the NSW public sector.
The event profiled the students’ achievements in delivering intensive 6-week consultancy projects to address real-life policy and business issues facing the NSW Government. The students collaborated and delivered their projects through Intersective’s Practera ‘project learning’ platform. The event featured two presentations that were delivered through the program.
In his opening address, Minister Ayres, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and major events, expressed the value international students bring to the communities in NSW, and the programs tangible benefit to the NSW government.
UNSW student Erina Adriani shared the student perspective, “My most important learning in this program was interpersonal skills and confidence, and I also really value the friendships made”. In fact – our team worked so well together, “we are now pursuing a startup business idea together” said Ritwick Priyadarshi.
- 96% of completing students would recommend Global Scope to a friend
- Teamwork & communication, employability, and professional workplace insight were the top benefits cited by students
- 94% of completing students said Global Scope helped them make new friends and connections in Australia
Fiona Docherty, Pro-Vice Chancellor International at UNSW, said that “programs like this really teaches those other skills we need to build in addition to our education, which shows how such a program can influence a students future”. UNSW was one of 4 universities who participated in this first pilot project, and other institutions included University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, and private provider Performance Education.
Representing the Government participants, was Det. Sup. Gavin Dengate, who’s department mentored the students through projects on international student safety. The students created a proposal for an app to integrate multiple, fragmented sources of useful information for international students, and the department is interested in taking up the project in the near future. Det. Sup. Dengate said that this program fills a real gap in better integrating NSW Government with international students who brought fresh perspectives and were representative of a significant and valued part of the community.
Students were also mentored by professional EY Management Consultants, amongst them Monica Gupta who also came to Australia as an international student. Heidi Riddell, Partner at EY and sponsor of the project, said that “our mentors also learn from sharing their knowledge and it’s inspiring for us to see so many driven young students who raise awareness of international students within the local community”.
The event was MC’d by Wes Sonnenreich, Co-Ceo of intersective, who said that working with international students gives Australian businesses and Government Agencies and understanding of the types of challenges and opportunities they will be facing in the next 10-20 years.