NAFSA's third annual video contest highlighted universities and programs that prepare students for success in a future where global competence will be a requirement. Our judging panel watched more than 30 videos and selected the top five videos for voting on the NAFSA website. After two weeks of voting, Simon Fraser and (British Columbia, Canada) and Zheijang (Hangzhou, China) universities' video about their dual-degree program was chosen as the favorite. The two schools were recognized at the Annual Business Meeting during the NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, California.
Watch the winning video and view other finalists to see some of the innovative ways that international educators are helping students explore pathways to global competence.
Two degrees, two languages, two cultures. Simon Fraser University and Zheijang University partnered up to offer a dual-degree computing science program that helps its graduates get a leg up on the competition. Students spend their fourth and fifth years in China, and the experience of living abroad, learning a new language and culture, and graduating with two degrees goes a long way in helping improve their employment prospects.
Social work students participating in the Uganda Studies Program, one of a dozen opportunities found under the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities BestSemester program, receive hands-on training with community leaders and youth in underserved areas in Uganda. Bridging cultural divides will be a necessary skill for these students, and this experience helps them to navigate difficult situations in that context.
RMIT's wealth of programs range from international internships to online collaboration with students from around the world to short-term study exchanges and more. Students have the opportunity to interact with different cultures in a variety of settings, and group projects with other international players gives RMIT students a taste of the global workplace.