In August this year, I had the pleasure of going to Kyoto, Japan to present at the 19th World Conference for WACE. WACE is an international professional organization dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative and work-integrated education programmes within industry and educational institution
Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education aims to acknowledge and embrace all forms of experiential learning utilized by industry and educational institutions to prepare the next generation of global professionals. CWIE is an encompassing term that includes: cooperative education, internships, semester in industry, international co-op exchanges, study abroad, research, clinical rotations, service learning and community service.
I presented about how the Honours Talent Programme within the International Business School has designed a curriculum to support and develop the Excellence Profile for International Business Professionals. This profile was researched and established as part of the PhD research by Petra van Heugten, from within the Professorship Talent Development in Higher Education and Society, lead by Dr. Marca Wolfensberger. This inspiring profile consists of five domains and 16 items distinguishing Excellent International Business Professionals. The profile forms the basis of the Talent Programme, and the students’ learning goals throughout their three years in Honours. The profile has received international validation, and forms a strong basis of professional development within the programme.
The Excellence Profile and the educational design, both received a lot of international attention, with many universities wishing to partner with Hanze; learn a lot more about the excellence profile; and create international projects with our honours students.
It was a great opportunity being at the conference, to network with possible partner schools, develop internship opportunities for our students, and develop future collaborative projects. In the evenings, the participants of the conference had activities, which allowed us to experience some aspects of Japanese culture. This included calligraphy classes, tea ceremonies, meeting Geishas, karaoke, and walking through bamboo forests. It was a truly memorable experience.
Door Gemma Nijdam-Coughlan