The ACU Faculty of Law and Business "NSW Government Global Scope" Program offered international students the opportunity to participate in NSW state government consulting projects with the NSW Police Force and the NSW Department of Education.
The six week program involved weekly meetings with business mentors and taught students a range of skills from research and reporting to teamwork, communication, critical thinking, intercultural awareness and leadership.
Team One consisted of six undergraduate business students from the disciplines of Accounting, Finance, HRM, Marketing, Business Information Systems and Management and worked with the NSW Police on a proposal and business strategy on how to increase the awareness of the Police's Facebook page for international students studying in NSW.
Chief Inspector Darren Newman 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," said Chief Inspector Darren Newman.
Team Two, also consisting of six undergraduate international students from France, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, had to deliver a consultation paper to the Department of Education who is grappling with the issue of how to engage business and industry with STEM schools. Therefore the students had to undertake research to establish the barriers and motivation for business and industry to engage more with STEM schools. The students were also required to develop strategies and recommendations on how the Department of Education can establish closer working relationships between business and schools.
Janette Wilmott Business Development Officer with NSW Department of Education was as equally impressed, stating the team answered questions they could not.
Victoria Deudon and Madeleine Gregorio, who were a part of Team One, say 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 as to what to expect for my future career," Madeleine said.
Victoria said working on the project was also a great way to meet and work with students from a variety of different cultures.
"We had people from Nepal, France and Australia in our group so to have different cultural perspectives was a great experience," Victoria said.
Camilla Cotrim and Neelam Airi, who worked on Team Two, said they would highly recommend the program to future international students.
"We all worked really well as a team and the project helped us develop our skills as we learned about the real business world - it's different to university life," “ It really adds to our university study,” said Camilla.