International students deliver business projects for NSW Government
ACU international students recently worked with NSW Government departments in consulting projects – receiving glowing results.
The ACU Faculty of Law & Business ‘NSW Government Global Scope’ program involved meetings with business mentors. Students learnt a range of skills including research and reporting, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, intercultural awareness and leadership.
Supported by a professional management consultant and industry mentors from the two organisations, student teams developed a proposal and business case to solve a real business issue that was then presented to their respective organisations.
The first team worked with NSW Police on a proposal and business strategy to increase awareness of the organisation’s Facebook page for international students studying in NSW. Chief Inspector Darren Newman of NSW Police said the team had done an outstanding job.
"The level of research was outstanding. They focused on all key areas that we should utilise to make contact (with international students) and have far exceeded my expectations.
"As a team they have grasped the issue well from the start and I commend them for their analytical thinking."
The second team delivered a consultation paper to the Department of Education on developing the engagement of business and industry with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) schools.
Janette Wilmott, Business Development Officer with the NSW Department of Education, was equally impressed, and said the team answered questions that they could not.
Students Victoria Deudon and Madeleine Gregorio said they learnt valuable teamwork, project management skills and consultation skills working with the NSW Police Force.
"Working in a real world situation like this was a great insight into what to expect for my future career," said Madeleine.
Maxine Bradshaw, Business Development Manager for the Faculty of Law and Business, said she was proud of the students for taking up the challenge.
“The faculty is determined to provide international students with genuine opportunities to develop their skills by building close working relationships with business, government and organisations,” she said. “The NSW Government Global Scope project forms part of the students’ authentic assessment and the students will receive unit credit as part of a work integrated learning unit.
“Our thanks to the business leaders and mentors who supported these students along the journey.”