Go Global News, July 2021

Applications Now Open - Round 2022

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) provides funding to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region. Initial registration for project applications close on 1 August 2021. To find out more see the NCP Project Applications webpage.

Help from Preferred International Provider Partners

Did you know that you have the opportunity to develop a practically-oriented overseas learning experience for your students with the support of WSU’s providers? People & Friends is one such provider that can help you, first of all, to develop and facilitate a fully funded overseas program in an Asian country and secondly, turn this learning experience into a fixed part of your curriculum. You can secure the funding for your first overseas program by applying for the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant Scheme. Applications for NCP round 2022 are now open. If you secure the funding, this will cover the cost for your students’ participation in 2022. The overall goal of NCP is to encourage university staff to continue with the overseas project after the NCP funding is no longer available. This is where OS HELP comes in – a loan for students enrolled at WSU that can cover their cost of participation for subsequent years. With the support of People & Friends, you can submit your NCP round 2022 application, develop an overseas program that meets your academic goals and provides your students with the opportunity e.g. to gain some industry experience and tackle real-world challenges. If you are interested, see the example project Robotics Experiential Learning Program in Singapore, or send an email to Janina Voss from People & Friends: janina@peopleandfriends.org

To find out more about other providers that can assist with the development of Learning Abroad projects, see CIS Customised Virtual Programs or Western Sydney University Preferred International Partner Providers.

Are you using the Go Global Portal?

In the past year Western Sydney International has been implemented a new application system that is dedicated to international mobility experiences. The Go Global application portal is 'one-stop-shop' that is integrated with Callista and provides dedicated webpages for all outbound mobility programs, applications, reporting to Schools and more. If you are considering or currently implementing a student mobility project, contact Western Sydney International's Go Global team for more information.

Partner of the Month: Royal Roads University (Canada)

Royal Roads University is an accredited, publicly funded, applied research university that has focused on lifelong education. Their vision is to inspire people with the courage to transform the world.Its main campus is located in Colwood, British Columbia (Canada) on the grounds of the former Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) at Hatley Park National Historic Site on Vancouver Island. It is also located at close reach of Vancouver city (Canada) and Seattle (USA). Hatley Park, where the university campus is located, is a mix of landscaped gardens and natural woodland. Hatley Castle and its surroundings have made appearances in numerous movies and TV series programs such as Smallville where it serves as the Luthor Mansion, and the second and third X-Men films where the university is transformed into Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Royal Roads University offers semester or year-long exchange programs in the fields of Leadership, Business, Environment, Communication, Tourism, Hospitality, and Social Justice for Western Sydney University students.

Your students are strongly encouraged to consider Royal Roads University as an excellent option for their exchange program. Please check the program brochure below and encourage students to apply:  Semester Exchange at Royal Roads University in Canada (Exchange) -  Face-to-face Semester 1 or 2 2022.

For more information about Royal Roads University, including potential discussions around academic collaborations, please contact a member of the Go Global team via email goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au

Note: Royal Roads University is partner of Western Sydney University.

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is the co-development of a shared syllabus by two or more instructors from geographically distant locations. Developing a COIL can enhance your current unit and complement existing learning abroad opportunities. Unfortunately developing a COIL can sometimes be complex and time consuming. To support you in developing a COIL, some organisations have experienced practitioners that can support you during planning, implementation, and assessment. Dr. Anitha Ramanna, the of Head Programs and Instructional Design at Authentica can help you define, customise and implement a COIL exchange between Western students and students enrolled in universities in India. Authentica envisions this exchange to be a great way to internationalise the classroom at a time when travel is restricted and also enable Faculty to enhance the online classroom experience of students. There would be no cost to engage in this exchange and Authentica will facilitate this free of charge. For advice and information contact Dr. Anitha Ramanna anitha@authentica.com.

Authentica is a Preferred International Partner Provider (PIPP) of Western Sydney University.

Customised Virtual Programs

CISaustralia’s Customised Programs team works exclusively with Australian University academic and international office staff to provide significant time-saving benefits and expertise for the design and development of short-term group programs in almost any destination around the world – including domestically and virtually. CISaustralia takes the same approach for their virtual programs as they do for their on-site programs and apply creative methods to deliver the same outcomes, with a high level student experience, in a virtual setting – all wrapped in a surprisingly detailed “cultural blanket”. Submit an enquiry or complete a questionnaire to discuss how CISaustralia can support your Customised Virtual Program. Hear from Australian University academic staff in this video about their experience working with CISaustralia to support Customised Programs. Learn more!

Robotics Experiential Learning Program in Singapore

Take your students on a “Robotics Experiential Learning Program in Singapore” with one of WSU’s official third party providers called People & Friends. During this practically-oriented program, your students will gain some industrial experience by applying their Engineering skills and acquiring an entirely new skillset in entrepreneurship. The program features a robotics start-up as the industry partner/client to provide not only a real-world robotics challenge project but also experienced engineers as mentors throughout the learning journey. The students are divided into small teams and learn how to develop solutions for the Singaporean robotics company’s challenge. On the last day of the program, every student team pitches their results in front of the client and receives valuable feedback. Furthermore, People & Friends takes everyone on a variety of cultural activities to experience the diversity of Singapore’s local culture.

You can even apply for the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant Scheme to cover your students’ cost for participation in this program in 2022. People & Friends can support you in writing, editing and submitting your NCP application for this program. If you are interested, please send an email to Janina Voss from People & Friends: janina@peopleandfriends.org

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Sustainable Futures in Learning Abroad: IEAA Learning Abroad Virtual Forum 2021

Held virtually, this year’s Learning Abroad Forum will explore how the mobility sector can develop models that are environmentally, ethically and financially sustainable in a changed world, as we rebuild student participation and diversity.

After a year of disruption and change the 15th annual IEAA Learning Abroad Forum will be a ‘must attend’ event for those working in student mobility, offering the chance to explore all aspects of Sustainable Futures in Learning Abroad. Last year’s virtual forum brought new perspectives and approaches. This year’s virtual forum will attract education providers, industry and government departments across Australia and the wider international sector. This virtual forum is an opportunity to explore new modes, opportunities and collaboration for mobility experiences, and to chart a new roadmap post-pandemic. Participants may also have the opportunity to join their colleagues for state-based face-to-face networking - feasibility permitting. Remember to let us know whether you would be interested in this face-to-face option in your registration form. Find out more

Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)

AIEC provides a unique convergence of networking, learning and fun into a single package. It will help you grow and challenge yourself. AIEC attracts experts in international education, policymakers from local, state and federal governments and representatives from all major educational institutions and peak bodies. It also attracts experts from other industries, who provide valuable outsider insights and expert commentary. At AIEC, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with people who share the same interests as you. Increase your knowledge by attending sessions that present or discuss best practices, case studies, industry insights, market intelligence, innovative approaches to common challenges and the latest international education trends. Find out more.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, feel free to contact goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au. Many of the staff have presented on numerous occasions at AIEC, NAFSA, APAIE and other venues around the world.

Submit Your Proposal for the NAFSA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest and most diverse non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come. The 2022 Annual Conference Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the annual conference in Denver, Colorado! Share your creative workshop, session, and poster ideas for an opportunity to be featured on the NAFSA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo program. Join us to explore the 2022 theme, “Building Our Sustainable Future,” to chart new paths towards a more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive tomorrow. We will embark on a new journey together to celebrate our diversity and resilience. Submit a proposal and share your ideas on innovative ways to define and build a sustainable future for the field. Session and workshop proposals are due by August 25, 2021. Find out more.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, feel free to contact goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au. Many of the staff have presented on numerous occasions at AIEC, NAFSA, APAIE and other venues around the world.

Call for Abstracts  - Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)

The APAIE Conference and Exhibition brings together thousands of professionals who are passionate about international education from across the globe to the Asia-Pacific region to network, improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education.  In 2022, APAIE’s program of pre-conference workshops and parallel sessions will focus on the 2022 conference theme of Brave New Realities for Higher Education in the Asia Pacific. Join us at APAIE 2022 and get ready to interact with a diverse group of international education professionals including academics, government representatives, international education peak bodies, and more. Register now or Submit Your Abstract Paper.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, feel free to contact goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au. Many of the staff have presented on numerous occasions at AIEC, NAFSA, APAIE and other venues around the world.

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.