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Commonwealth Virtual Exchange: addressing global challenges through intercultural collaboration

Students at selected universities are invited to join an eight-week learning programme to develop in-demand employability and leadership skills.

Date
03 Oct - 30 Nov 2022

The Commonwealth Virtual Exchange (CVE) will help students apply and develop intercultural and entrepreneurial skills to address a global challenge.

Students at selected universities will be taking part in an exciting eight-week learning programme to develop in-demand employability and leadership skills. For the first seven weeks, students will connect online with other students from 10 ACU member universities. In the final week, they will have the opportunity to meet in-person with students from their university. Starting on 3 October, the Commonwealth Virtual Exchange (CVE) is aimed at students looking to help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face.

International collaboration is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and by bringing students together from around the world, the CVE will provide a space for to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas. Students will not only work together to explore several global challenges linked to the SDGs - including global health and climate change – they will also exercise leadership, team-work and problem-solving skills to come up with an innovative business idea to address a challenge.

Over the course of 8-weeks the programme will include:

  • Engaging and challenging group project work
  • Networking opportunities
  • Intercultural sessions
  • Talks by academic experts
  • Development of intercultural competencies and entrepreneurial skills

The ACU has a strong track record of delivering impactful and transformative international opportunities for students across the Commonwealth. 

It’s important for students from across the Commonwealth and beyond to collaborate because through collaboration we can share diverse, cross-cultural knowledge on the important issues affecting humanity globally. We all have our unique experiences, skills, and expertise. These strengths can be realised when we collaborate and work together for the general good of humanity.

- ACU Summer School 2020 delegate.

Who can apply?

Students must be a current undergraduate student at one of the participating ACU member universities and apply directly to their university for a place on the programme.

The ACU seeks, encourages and supports the participation of students from a wide range of institutions and groups currently underrepresented in international study opportunities.

The event is multi-disciplinary and there are no academic prerequisites. The programme is appropriate both for those studying fields related to the SDGs, and students from other fields who are interested in how they can apply their discipline to the themes.

The ACU seeks, encourages and supports the participation of students from a wide range of institutions and groups currently underrepresented in international study opportunities.

The event is multi-disciplinary and there are no academic prerequisites. The programme is appropriate both for those studying fields related to the SDGs, and students from other fields who are interested in how they can apply their discipline to the themes.

Funding

The ACU, with additional sponsorship from the Northern Consortium, will fund students from the participating member universities to take part in the programme. Participants who do not have access to Wi-Fi will be able to apply for a grant to fund the data costs needed for them to participate. While the programme is free to attend, the 50 participants have been chosen as part of a competitive selection process.

Meet the universities

The Commonwealth Virtual Exchange programme draws on the expertise of senior specialists from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, in close collaboration with the other participating universities.

Contact details

University

Contact

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

francesso@cuhk.edu.hk

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

raghu.ar@manipal.edu

Alternative contact:

shantala.pai@manipal.edu

National Law University Delhi

harpreet.kaur@nludelhi.ac.in registrar@nludelhi.ac.in

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) 

akhil@jgu.edu.in

Sheffield Hallam University

b.y.gan@shu.ac.uk

SVKM's NMIMS

Gajanan.godbole@nmims.edu

The University of East London

C.Millgate@uel.ac.uk

The University of Edinburgh

goabroadprojects@ed.ac.uk

Universiti Malaya

vigneshking@um.edu.my

Alternative contact:

sarah.azhari@um.edu.my

The University of Western Australia

milly.ingate@uwa.edu.au

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