NUST students take part in virtual WACE project

Through a partnership with the World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE), NUST took part in a virtual internship project last year. Four students from the Faculties of Computing and Informatics; Management Sciences; and Human Sciences, were selected to be part of a cohort of 40 participants.

WACE is an association that is dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating cooperative and work-integrated education programmes. In collaboration with Practera, an Australian education company, universities in Namibia, Germany, USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, Ireland and Kyrgystan, piloted a two-week virtual global collaborative student Project Based Learning (PBL) internship project.

Students were also trained by NUST’s Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) on work readiness, while Practera offered them a cross cultural workshop. NUST students were assigned to four international, interdisciplinary and intercultural teams with students from around the globe. Through the collaboration, students were required to collectively solve real-world work challenges.

“The programme provided a platform where I could apply my training and theory from an Informatics perspective, in a real-world setting,” Kashe Mayavero, a Bachelor of Informatics student explained. Some of the soft skills that students gained are teamwork, adaptability, market analysis, research, problem solving, leadership and cultural consciousness. In addition, Halleluya Ndimulunde, a Bachelor of Economics student said: “the project gave me a better understanding of what I am learning in university, specifically regarding the United Nations’Sustainable Development Goals.”

This initiative forms one of many projects that CEU is involved in, aiming to prepare students for the labour-market.

Date: 
Friday, April 9, 2021
for Month: 
April, 2021

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