Go Global News, June 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.

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Student International Mobility Policy

The Student International Mobility policy serves as a roadmap for day-to-day operations and ensures compliance with laws and regulations - many of these are listed on the Information for Staff webpage. The policy incorporates numerous types of overseas activities including, but not limited to student exchange, short programs, study tours, internships, clinical placements, research, and competitions. It covers a number of topics from Academic Credit through to Roles and Responsibilities of different units in the University. Western Sydney International (WSI) is responsible for the assessment and screening of all proposed mobility programs and partnerships across the University. It is also responsible for promotion of approved programs and maintaining a central register of mobility projects, and students participating in these types of experiences.

If you are considering or currently implementing a student mobility project, please contact Western Sydney International's Go Global team for support. The team can assist in number of areas including project design, risk assessment, University and Government reporting, promotion and student selection.


New Third Party Provider Policy (TPP)

The new Third Party Provider policy has been approved and published in the Policy DDS on 2 June 2021. The purpose of the Western Sydney University Third Party Provider policy is the delivery of Western Sydney University courses and units by Third Party Providers (TPPs), both onshore and offshore. A Third Party Provider means a legally established entity separate from the University (although it may be a controlled entity of the University) with which the University has a legal relationship for the purposes of delivering University accredited units and degrees to students. 

Please note, a Preferred International Partner Providers (PIPP) is not considered a TPP, unless involved in the delivery of University accredited units. For more information about companies that have been approved by Western Sydney University to support the learning abroad activities including study tours, internships, clinical placements, summer and winter programs, see the Preferred International Partner Provider webpage.


New Colombo Plan Update

Following the presentation of the Australian Government's Federal budget 2021–22, it has been announced that $198.2 million will be provided over four years  ($33.0 million per year ongoing) to support Australian exporters and businesses in advancing Australia’s international interests. This measure will be partially offset by temporarily reducing funding for the New Colombo Plan. This effort includes the cancellation of funding promised for future round multi-year projects. Although funding has been reduced due to travel restrictions, the Government is committed to the NCP program and full funding will return after 3 years.

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


NCP Highlights

Bringing Indian Innovation & Entrepreneurial Practice to Western Sydney

Mr Krishan Prasad from the School of Business is leading an innovative hybrid study tour program in India. The two-week program provides unique opportunity for students to Advanced Experiential Learning and build their employability and networking skills by combining virtual study tour as well as events and programs done in Sydney. The launch of the program saw 23 business students attended the India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney led by Krishan and colleagues. To date, very positive feedback has been received by students, one stating, “It was definitely a new experience but undoubtedly was insightful and amazing. It was great to be able to put the networking content we have learned into practice and actually receive business cards. I can't wait for the rest of the tour.” This opportunity is supported by Next Step Connections. Further information.

Next Step Connections is a Preferred International Partner Provider (PIPP) of Western Sydney University.

Online: Internships in Taiwan and Vietnam

The Academy, in collaboration with Pagoda Projects, are offering remote internships to students from multi-disciplinary fields. The project provides students with a minimum of 60 hours work experience in a Taiwanese or Vietnamese based international company. The activity is focused on increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and help participants gain a valuable international experience and networks without travelling overseas. Currently 10 students are participating in this experience, commencing on the 28 June. Further information.

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


University Partner of the Month: Aarhus University (Denmark)

Aarhus University is a dynamic, modern and highly international university located in Denmark. Since its founding in 1928, it has grown to become a leading public university with international impact and reach across the entire research spectrum. The university comprises of four faculties in Arts, Science and Technology, Health, and Business and Social Sciences.

Aarhus University’s Business School, called Aarhus BSS, holds the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Equis accreditation, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This makes their Business School one of the few in the world to hold the so-called Triple Crown accreditation.

Times Higher Education ranks Aarhus University in the top 10 of the most beautiful universities in Europe (2018). Their main campus is located in central Aarhus, encircling the University Park (Universitetsparken).

Western Sydney University students attending a semester or year-long program at Aarhus University will be part of a group of more than 4000 international students, representing more than 120 nationalities. At the same time, the university and their fellow Danish students, all of whom speak fantastic English, are ready to help them feel safe and welcome in their home country.

The study environment at Aarhus University is informal, and the open and critical discussions between students and professors make for a very exciting and dynamic learning experience. Many former students have told us how much they appreciate that the professor’s door is always open and their teachers are always ready to help them succeed in their studies.

Students at Aarhus University benefit from the strong connection between the university, the city, and its many international businesses that support their study possibilities and opens the way to a successful future career.

For more information about Aarhus University, check the program brochures below and encourage students to apply:

Note: Aarhus University is partner of Western Sydney University.


Webinar: Engage with Authentica

COVID-19 is going to limit our global mobility for a little longer than we anticipated. But this doesn’t have to mean that we deprive students of the opportunity to have meaningful global learning experiences. Like you, we at Authentica believe in the transformative power of in-person experiences. But having hosted 165 students over the past year on virtual global learning experiences, we believe we can help you crack the code for designing and delivering powerful virtual programs. Join us on this webinar to learn about the:

  • 4 simple steps you can take you transform your program and funding from in-person to virtual
  • 5 different program format options you have for virtual global programs
  • 8 vital ingredients for creating powerful virtual programs (including cultural immersions!)
  • feedback from faculty and students about learning and transformation on virtual programs
  • economics of virtual programs
  • options for incorporating some in-person cultural immersions in Sydney in the predominantly virtual format

Let's turn this disruption into an opportunity for innovation and create transformative programs that will help students grow into better global citizens and leaders!

  • When:  Friday 18 June
  • Time: 1pm
  • Register here

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


Webinar: The biggest & most inclusive global work experience programme

Here at Pagoda Projects we are building the biggest & most inclusive global work experience programme. We partner with universities and governments to run award-winning in-person and remote internship programmes and online skills courses. We are ethical, ambitious and passionate about developing positive international relations through the exchange of cultures, customs and foreign languages. Our programmes run across multiple, staffed international host locations and cover a broad range of sectors so we can provide you with the perfect work-integrated-learning and internship opportunity.

For further information, visit www.Pagodaprojects.com or contact Paul Bailey paul.bailey@pagodaprojects.com

  • When:  Friday 2 July
  • Time: 1pm
  • Register here

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


Global Entrepreneurship (People and Friends)

A number of Western students will be participating in the Global  Entrepreneurialship program in July. During this program, students embark on a virtual journey to Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.S. Students get to meet managers from well-known global brands, such as Porsche, Boeing, Dolce & Gabbana and Facebook. In addition, they become short-term entrepreneurs working on their very own Start-up Challenge Projects, learning about the differences between the American, German, Italian, Hong Kong and Singaporean start-up ecosystems.

The company and start-up visits are composed of virtual tours and/or virtual meetings with managers, where students can ask questions. Two experienced program managers and serial entrepreneurs from People & Friends, virtually accompany students during the entire program, which includes a Start-up Challenge Projects and final pitching competition, where five virtual guest speakers are invited to give overviews of each country’s entrepreneurship culture.

For further information, visit Global  Entrepreneurialship program or contact Janina Voss janina@peopleandfriends.org.

People & Friends are a Preferred International Partner Provider (PIPP) of Western Sydney University.


Global Innovation Internship (Hacker Exchange)

The Hacker Exchange (HEX) exists to launch epic innovation careers, by creating a generation of leaders who are global citizens and who take action to create the world they want to live in. HEX has a diverse Australian-based team working around the world and around the clock, partnering with universities in the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, work with government agencies like Global Victoria and City of Melbourne, and hang out with tech giants like Culture Amp, Microsoft, Google, and Zendesk; and collaborate and with great startup partners like Draper Startup House, Pause Fest, and fresh.fund.

HEX is currently offering unique virtual internships in locations across the world. It combines HEX’s 1-week Discovery program where students learn job-ready start-up and innovation skills and an 8-12-week virtual internships with an international company. Students will collaborate and grow with an international cohort of students to refine their leadership skills and discover innovation trends around the globe during the Discovery program. During the internship students will develop a portfolio of international work experience and cross-cultural communication skills that will be beneficial for students’ future career projection.

For further information, visit Global Innovation Internship or contact Chris Hoffman chris@hacker.exchange.

The Hacker Exchange is a Preferred International Partner Provider (PIPP) of Western Sydney University.


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.