Sydney Edu-tech Startup, Intersective has won a $100,000 StudyNSW partner project grant to help scale up a large collaborative work integrated learning program for international students using its novel collaborative project learning software, Practera.

Practera will help manage scale, quality, track performance and identify issues between collaborators including students, mentors and clients in real time. NSW Global Scope will connect teams of international students from 9 NSW Universities with projects across the NSW Government, NGO’s and SME’s.

Through the grant, Intersective is delighted to be able to work with and support our valued partners, including:

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The 2016 pilot of ‘Global Scope’ brought 180 international students from 4 NSW education providers together to  complete  35  projects  for  7 Government departments. ‘Global Scope’ involves teams of international and domestic students forming teams to undertake 6-week business projects  for  a government  agency  client  including  NSW Police,  Justice, DPC  and  Screen  NSW  among others. Projects included a community policing youth outreach strategy, development of an app for international student engagement and researching IT platforms. The student teams were mentored and guided by professional management consultants from Ernst & Young (EY).

UNSW student Erina Adriani said that her most important learning in this program was “interpersonal skills, confidence, and the friendships made”. In fact, “our team worked so well together, we are now pursuing a startup business idea together” said another student, Ritwick Priyadarshi.

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”.

Gerald Marion from Ernest & Young, who are partners in the project, says that “the program appeals to us because it’s an innovative way to build a better working world. NSW hosts over 120,000 global leaders of the future; international tertiary education students – many from Asia. Students gain valuable experience, clients get fresh insights, and mentors build intercultural and coaching skills. Everyone wins!”

Student feedback on the pilot was excellent –  96% of completing students  would  recommend the  program  to  a  friend,  and  94%  felt  the  program  helped  them  make  new  friends and connections in Australia.  The program closed with an event at Parliament House keynoted by Minister Ayres and with presentations from student teams, Study NSW, NSW Police and the NSW Universities Deputy Vice-Chancellor International working group. A video case study on one of the projects with NSW Police has been promoted and viewed on Facebook nearly 30,000 times and  profiled  in an article by SBS.

Gavin Dengate, Detective Superintendent Commander of the State Planning Unit of NSW Police is a continuing partner, who 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’.

Intersective Co-founder and Co-CEO, Beau Leese said, “we’re really delighted the NSW Government has opened itself up to this program to give students positive opportunities, to bring insights into agencies, to develop the mentoring skills of its staff, to help the NSW export education sector – and is working with a startup and a novel technology platform to deliver it. This program works because it meets a serious shortage for high quality work integrated learning, scalably and efficiently.”

If you are a partner of the Global Scope Program, you can expect to hear from Sophia Demetriades, Program Manager, about the next steps shortly.

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