The new generation of international students demands engaging and dynamic tools and methods that enable them to build employability skills and experiences. This e-poster presentation will discuss the innovative format used to deliver INTERCHANGE, a hackathon-style entrepreneurship competition that has grown from a collaboration between six NSW universities since 2015 to eight universities in 2018. The competition engages more than 300 international students.
International students are involved on many different levels, from peer mentoring and volunteering to participating in the program. This competition enables international students to build key employability skills, increase their confidence and build local networks.
From this e-poster presentation, attendees will learn how to deliver an engaging, employability-skills-focused entrepreneurship competition, how to use technologies such as video engagement, social media tools and augmented reality to complement course delivery, as well as how to build relationships with the start-up ecosystem and local businesses.
Attendees will be encouraged to seize the opportunity for greater sector collaboration and use blended learning and gamification tools to create engaging and interactive learning opportunities that enhance the employability skills of internationals students.
Key interest area: Employability (EMP)
Other key interest areas: Higher education (HE), Professional development (PD), Students (STU), Vocational education and training (VET)
Mr Aaron Ngan
Facilitator, The FRANK Team, Sydney, Australia
Aaron Ngan is a facilitator and trainer for The FRANK Team. He has facilitated workshops and training for INTERCHANGE; an initiative which brings together 8 Universities and is co-funded by StudyNSW to equip international students with employability and entrepreneurship skills.