Macquarie University receives award for Innovation in International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has announced the winners of the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education with Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program (GLP) receiving the award for Internationalising the Campus.

Macquarie University receives award for Innovation in International Education
The Macquarie Global Leadership Program team (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

The awards showcase the most innovative and successful models in practice today for international education, with a particular emphasis on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in study abroad and promote international teaching and learning on campus.

The first of its kind when it launched in the Australian university sector in 2005, Macquarie’s GLP is the country’s flagship tertiary global leadership program with more than 3,600 active participants in more than 200 academic disciplines.

“The Global Leadership Program has broadened student understanding of some truly vital skills, including understanding of culture, leadership and global issues, and extended the learning opportunities for Global Leadership Program students far beyond the classroom,” said Professor Sherman Young, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching.

GLP is a voluntary, extra-curricular learning and engagement program that students design according to their own interests and complete at their own pace. Students are required to complete a workshop series, attend tailored keynote speaker and networking events and complete an experiential credit component, which ranges from short-term study abroad to learning a new language to attending internationally themed seminars and study tours, such as a Domestic Symposium in Canberra or an International Symposium in Brazil.

The program is the only extra-curricular activity formally recognised on the official Macquarie University Academic Transcript, and provides flexibility for students to complete the requirements on campus at no additional cost. Committed to building a pipeline of global citizens, Macquarie University also selects local high school students to begin the Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP) during their senior year. It boasts a track record of results in developing cross-cultural competency, leadership capability, understanding of global issues, community responsibility and global citizenship.

Program manager Chloë Spackman explains the GLP graduates are distinguished by their strong sense of global justice, acute awareness of the issues affecting the global community, and a keen awareness and enthusiasm for working together to achieve a better world for all.

“No matter where they go, Global Leadership Program students take with them a global mind-set that drives them to serve others, be active members of the community, and to lead by example.”

IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in Miami, Florida on March 14, 2017 as part of its annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference for campus professionals.

What does the Macquarie Global Leadership Program involve?

The Global Leadership program has been designed so that you not only learn global skills and understanding—you put them into practice by studying, volunteering and participating in activities in Australia and overseas. Successful completion of the GLP will see you receive a certificate of completion and a notation on your transcript, which can provide a competitive edge in the global employment market.

Think Tanks
LP students will attend 6 Think Tanks to discuss and debate contemporary global issues, facilitated by specialists in their fields. Think Tanks require postgraduate students to make an informed argument about several global issues from a number of disciplines and allow collaboration with students from different academic and professional backgrounds.

Approved Events – Two Seminars
Macquarie University GLP students will participate in two keynote speaker events of their choice per session as advertised by the GLP regularly. These seminars could be anything from a GLP-run Foreign Affairs Series to a Lowy Institute event or an international or cross-culturally themed talk at Sydney Opera House.

Cross Cultural Practicum
Postgraduate students will engage in one cross-cultural, internationally focused practical experience as part of the Global Leadership Program. This experience can be undertaken at any stage during enrollment in the GLP.

Innovative Leaders Series
Students will attend a bi-annual Innovative Leaders Series event, network with fellow students, academics and industry professionals and be an audience to a keynote address by a pioneering leader. The Innovative Leaders Series is a unique opportunity open to students undertaking the GLP. A series of genuinely pioneering, innovative leaders will inspire and inform Global Leadership Program students.

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