New program helps students develop global careers

New program helps students develop global careers


Todd Sampson

UWS International is rolling out an innovative project called the Social Engagement and Leadership Program (SELP) to enhance the international student experience.

UWS was successful in obtaining a grant offered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and Universities Australia to implement the program. Out of 72 submissions, the UWS SELP program was one of only seven projects selected.

SELP is a five week program aimed at generating interaction between local and international students to help prepare them for careers in global leadership. 

Students will develop skills highly valued by employers including leadership and management, project management, cross cultural understanding and globalisation. Students will also be involved in a team project conducted with an organisation in Western Sydney through the University’s community partner network. 

Participants of the program will be inspired by Todd Sampson (pictured), CEO of Leo Burnett, co-creator of Earth Hour and the breakout star of the hit ABC television show The Gruen Transfer.  Todd will speak about leadership qualities and social engagement at the SELP launch event on Tuesday 24 April. 

‘The SELP program is a new and exciting program providing our local and international students the opportunity to engage with each other and the community in a fun team environment,’ said SELP program delegate Jo Byng, Executive Manager, UWS International.

‘Our international students will particularly benefit from the program to further develop employability skills and widen their network of friends in Australia,’ says Jo.

For recognition of completion of the SELP program, students will receive a certificate at a formal award ceremony where they will also have the opportunity to showcase their projects.

SELP is being coordinated through UWS International in collaboration with the Academic Registrar’s Office, School of Business and the Office of Development.

For more information about the program visit the SELP web page.