Go Global News, September 2021

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Content

Presentation: Digital Innovation and Learning Abroad

COIL opportunities with University in Dubai

New Caledonia Research Cooperation

Go Global Program of Interest to Indigenous Students

Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship

Partner of the Month: Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong)

Do you need help developing overseas programs for students?

Virtual Internships in the USA

ACICIS Virtual Programs

Current opportunities for students

Information for Staff


Presentation: Digital Innovation and Learning Abroad

Isis Kowaliauskas and Steven McDonald from Western Sydney International, and their colleague Janina Freigang from People & Friends, will be presenting at the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), on Thursday 7 October 2021 . The session will  consider how COVID-19 has accelerated the development and use of digital technologies in Learning Abroad. It will showcase existing and future methods that can potentially be used to engage and encourage students from all backgrounds to participate in an international experience. The session will delve into the fascinating world of Innovative experiential learning; how 3D study tours challenge "Zoom fatigue"; using animation software for explaining complex procedures; and how to motivate and engage students via gamification techniques. Whereby as the world returns to "normal" and international travel resumes, how these techniques can be used to create hybrid novel experiences. Find out more .


COIL opportunities with University in Dubai

A University in Dubai is interested in developing COIL with Universities in Australia for programs starting January 2022. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is the co-development of a shared syllabus by two or more instructors from geographically distant locations. Initial areas of interest include Architecture, Business, Liberal Arts, Design Management, and Fashion Management.  To find out more about this opportunity, contact Dr. Anitha Ramanna, the of Head Programs and Instructional Design at Authentica .

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


New Caledonia Research Cooperation

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has compiled information for Australian research bodies interested in establishing or enhance their own relationships with New Caledonia, and to build on Australia’s research cooperation relationship with the French Pacific territory. It may be of interest both in terms of the level of capability in New Caledonia, as well as a potential entry point to access French and wider EU research networks and collaborations.  Some research fields of potential mutual interest might include mining, marine management and conservation, water governance and tropical health.

Contact details for each institution are included in the New Caledonia Research Bodies document, however if you have general questions on collaborations or New Caledonia as an education market, contact Mr Lindsay Emeriau, Policy Officer, lindsay.emeriau@dfat.gov.au


Go Global Program of Interest to Indigenous Students

Learn about Indigenous Cultures across Canada

Like Australia, Canada is home to different Indigenous tribes who have inhabited the land for 14,000 years. There are over 700 First Nations communities in Canada, and much like First Nations here in Australia, all of them have their own distinct cultures and languages.

Go Global programs in Canada are an excellent opportunity to learn about a culture that is similar to First Nations in Australia as many Canadian universities offer Indigenous study courses. It is also a fantastic way to meet Indigenous Canadians who may be facing similar challenges in life.

Grants and Scholarships are available to financially support your Go Global experiences and you can talk to an Indigenous Go Global Advisor to discuss your interests and future plans. You are encouraged to book your individual session on Thursday afternoons.

For more information about Go Global programs available in Canada and how to apply you can visit the Go Global Portal, check out the option to complete a Virtual Internship in Canada (with CIS Australia) or an Online Summer Internship in Canada (with Pagoda Projects).


Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship

Up to two semesters in Asia. One experience of a lifetime. That's the promise of the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship, valued up to $12,250. And unlike most scholarships, this one is designed to give you the leadership skills that can help shape your future. It's a genuine cultural experience to open your mind, develop your thinking, and offer you networking opportunities with some of the best Australia-Asia thought leaders and support networks.

There are 3 components of the program, the first being a week-long Leadership Development Program in Singapore before you take off on official exchange studies in one of 6 places. Choose any of our partner Universities from mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan. The final component is lifelong membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network, giving you access to be a part of a network of one of Australia's most diversified like-minded students.

To find further information, see the eligibility requirements and to submit your application, visit the Go Global Portal here.


Partner of the Month: Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong Baptist University aims to be a leading liberal arts University in Asia for the world, delivering academic excellence in a caring, creative and global culture.

It encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a range of undergraduate programmes. It prides itself on it's dual focus on teaching and research and encourages service to society among its staff and students.  Over the years, HKBU has remained committed to academic excellence and the development of the whole person and has gained a reputation as one of Asia's finest institutions of higher learning. Hong Kong itself is a bustling vibrant city but what a lot of visitors may not realise is that over 70% of Hong Kong is mountains and parks, often containing some beautiful and fascinating geological and historical landscapes.

Your students are strongly encouraged to consider Hong Kong Baptist University as an excellent option for their exchange program. Please check the program brochure below and encourage students to apply:  Semester Exchange at Hong Kong Baptist University.  Face-to-face Semester 2 2022.

Hong Kong Baptist University is a partner of Western Sydney University. For more information about Hong Kong Baptist University, including potential discussions around academic collaborations, please contact a member of the Go Global team via email goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au


Do you need help developing overseas programs for students?

Western Sydney International (WSI) is responsible for the assessment and screening of all proposed international mobility programs and partnerships across the University. The Go Global team can help you plan, develop and implement international opportunities for students, whilst complying with University and Government policy (in-country or online). This includes outbound international study tours, work experience (internships and placements), short-term study, research, competitions, student exchange and more.  Find out more.


Virtual Internships in the USA

Students can expand their future horizons by securing a professional, intercultural virtual internship placement in one of the world's most diverse and multicultural nations! Placements range from 4 to 12 weeks and allow interns to get hands-on experience in their chosen field – often for academic credit. Through this internship, students will gain professional experience and build their resume while working remotely on projects and tasks that add value to the host company or organisation. Each project will be substantive and contribute to the business in a meaningful way. While this program allows for flexibility and independence, interns will also have plenty of guidance and support from a designated supervisor. Some of the current position openings can be found on the Virtual Internship Job Board. Our Program Advisors can also help students customise an internship that meets their academic interests and professional goals.

CISAustralia is a International Partner Provider (PIPP). For more information, please visit CISaustralia Virtual internships


ACICIS Virtual Programs

Established in 1994, ACICIS (Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies) is a non-profit international educational consortium of 23 Australian universities (including nearly all of Australia’s leading institutions in the field of Indonesian studies), and two international members in the UK and the Netherlands. ACICIS provides in-country Indonesian study programs for Australian students can pursue study in Indonesia for academic credit. ACICIS runs study programs in a range of disciplines including Indonesian language, journalism, development, business, law, creative arts, agriculture, sustainable tourism and international relations.

ACICIS's programs are 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.

Indonesian Short Language Course

Public Health Study Tour

Internship in Indonesia - Professional Practicum

Intensive Indonesian language classes, delivered virtually by Satya Wacana University (UKSW). Further information

A two-week intensive program for health, health related, or students in other field of studies to gain experience in the public health sector in Indonesia. Further information

A 160 hours practical placement with an international company in Indonesia and on top of that 40 hours of intensive language training is also included in the program. Further information

Note, ACICIS is a preferred International Partner Provider (IPP).


Current opportunities for students

Western Sydney University offers a variety of opportunities for students overseas (remote and in-country). These include semester or year-long exchange,  short-programs, volunteering, internships, placements, study tours, online global learning and more. See the Go Global New (student edition) or visit the Go Global application portal to find out more.


Information for Staff

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.