Western Sydney University recognised for excelling in International Student Community Engagement
Western Sydney University proudly accepted the prestigious International Student Community Engagement Award (Education Provider category) at the NSW International Student Awards ceremony. The event brought together high achieving international students and exceptional education providers on Tuesday 11 October. The award recognises the University's Social Engagement and Leadership Program (SELP) which works to facilitate deep and meaningful engagement between international and local students and the wider Western Sydney community.
For international students it can be difficult to find a sense of community and belonging in their new environment. SELP aims to break down this barrier by providing opportunities for international students and local residents to engage and form strong bonds. The program includes a series of workshops and master classes, and a team project with a community-based organisation. Students pick up important skills such as problem solving, communication and leadership skills, which gives them a competitive edge in the workplace.
Participants of SELP are provided with continual guidance and advice on how to engage and collaborate effectively with each other and with the community, whilst drawing on their cultural diversity. Many students who have participated in SELP have felt that one of the key benefits gained from the program was a strong feeling of belonging, and that participation in the program gave them the opportunity to give back to the community. The program is now in its fifth year and has proven to be very valuable, so much so, it will remain a core program of the University.
"It's so wonderful to see the transformation of our students at the end of the program", says Jo Byng, Director of International Strategy, Mobility and Operations.
"Hearing about what they've done with our partners and seeing they've made a real difference in the community is the most rewarding thing about SELP. It's fantastic to see the success of our program recognised by the NSW government."
17 October 2016
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