Intersective, Study NSW and our University, NSW Government and organisational partners were last night recognised for our NSW Global Scope program at the 2016 Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHERT) gala awards.
Global Scope connects teams of international students from 9 NSW Universities with projects across the NSW Government, NGO’s, large employers and SME’s. It is facilitated by Intersective’s collaborative project learning platform, Practera
Intersective Co-CEO Beau Leese received the commendation on behalf of the consortium from BHERT President Ken Boal at Crown Towers in Melbourne.
Projects included a community policing youth outreach strategy, development of an app for international student engagement and researching IT platforms. More than 400 students and mentors from 35 organisations have participated in the program in 2016 to date. Practera helps manage scale, quality, track performance and identify issues between collaborators including students, mentors and clients in real time.
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.
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.”
“We are always on the lookout for Government agencies, NGO’s, large employers and SME’s to send us business projects” says Global Scope Program Manager, Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl, who is pleased to continue running the program in 2017.
If you you’d like to participate in Global Scope – please register your interest.