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.