Go Global News, May 2021

Western Sydney International welcomes you to the Go Global newsletter.  Here you will find information about learning abroad, current projects, upcoming events, and helpful tips.  We want this newsletter to be valuable, so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve the content. Contact s.mcdonald@westernsydney.edu.au.

Learning Abroad in 2021 and Beyond

In 2019 Australian universities recorded more than 58,000 learning abroad experiences. Students had almost unlimited opportunities, participating in a variety of face-to-face activities in locations across the world. However, by late March 2020, lockdown restrictions and border controls were implemented in reaction to COVID-19. This resulted in universities and providers exploring alternative methods for delivering learning abroad opportunities. The following video gives an insight into the future of learning abroad.

New Colombo Plan Update

The Australian Government is expected to release the guidelines for Round 2022 Project Applications by late May 2021. When announced, further information will become available on the NCP Project Applications webpage, including rules for in-country and virtual delivery.

For staff who are currently managing an NCP project and would like to convert the opportunity into an online program for students, visit NCP Mobility Program Online. Currently three quarters of Australian universities are now offering virtual mobility experiences supported by the NCP, including Western Sydney University.


Closing the Gap - Enhancing Women's Health and Wellbeing in India

Dr Renu Narchal from the School of Psychology has implemented an innovative online project in India, in collaboration with Panjab University (PU), Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) and Innovative Knits. The project aims to provide students with real-life learning experience, gaining integral work experience and socio-cultural knowledge of India. Moreover, the program will highlight the importance of women’s health and wellbeing by raising awareness about self-care. Further information.

Meiji University Study Tour in Japan

Students from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts are participating in a two-week  online program in July, delivered by Meiji University (Tokyo, Japan). Meiji University (Tokyo, Japan) has been running a study tour for Western Sydney University students for the last five years as part of a reciprocal short course program. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not possible to run the program since 2020. Further information.

Engaging with Fiji

Panel Series 2021

Join Experts and Industry Leaders in the Fiji Islands. Experience some thought provoking discussion and enlightening conversation, recorded live from the Pacific Islands. This series of free online workshops is your chance to learn from leading industry experts and academics as they discuss key challenges, and areas of cooperation relevant to Fiji and the Pacific. Further information: https://thinkpacific.com/panel-series-australian-students/

Virtual Internships - Fiji Islands

In Partnership with the Fijian Government and major Fijian NGO's, Think Pacific is currently delivering award-winning programs online. The program allows students to contribute to Fiji’s development and gain a unique experience within sustainable development and creating new global connections.  Further information: https://thinkpacific.com/about-think-pacific/university-global-mobility/

Click on the image above to watch the video.

CISaustralia Webinar, Friday 21 May 

To celebrate the increasing interest and success of Virtual Mobility, CISaustralia is delighted to present, in coordination with Western Sydney University, a Virtual Mobility Webinar specifically for WSU staff on Virtual Customised Programs.

The webinar will be held on  Friday 21 May at 1pm: register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Remote Internships in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam

Western Sydney University is currently offering students an opportunity to participate in a remote internship with China, Taiwan, or Vietnam based international companies. This project is funded by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Mobility Program and is complimentary for eligible students. Please feel free to pass the information onto relevant students. For further information see Remote Internships in China or Remote Internships in Taiwan and Vietnam

ACICIS Virtual Indonesian Language Short Course

This program provides intensive Indonesian language training for students from introductory to advanced levels. Running in three-week sessions during university vacation periods, students can undertake the program either to fast-track or supplement existing language studies, or, for those students exploring an emerging interest in Indonesia, as an immersive introduction to the Indonesian language. This project is funded by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Mobility Program and is complimentary for eligible studentsPlease feel free to pass the information onto relevant students. Applications close the 24 May 2021. Further information

Hong Kong Baptist University, International Case Competition

Established in 2008, the International Case Competition aims at giving students a fruitful learning experience outside the classroom. Students will have the chance to gain hands-on experience to tackle real-world business problems, which highlight the strategic challenges and managerial dilemmas, and to network with peers and industry professionals from across the globe. Further information

Highlights of the 2019 IIBD International Case Competition from HKBU - School of Business on Vimeo.

Information for Staff about Learning Abroad

Western Sydney International's Go Global and Study Abroad team provides opportunities for Western students to study overseas (outbound mobility), and for students from abroad to study credit-based semester and year-long programs at Western Sydney University (inbound mobility). Information for Staff about Learning Abroad, including reports, policies, and program development can be found on the Go Global Information for staff webpage.