TRANSNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION AND 21st CENTURY EDUCATION
Co-operative Education in Central Asia: a transnational collaboration
With a shift to skill-based economy, where competencies and core skill sets are more valued than credentials, how can we leverage knowledge mobilization with international partners to better prepare students from around the world to excel in this shifting economy? We are at an exciting crossroads where there are increased opportunities for collaboration between institutions as we focus more on how we can help our students develop these 21st century skills regardless of specific program specializations. Co-operative education is well placed to help students develop these skills of the future, making them ready to contribute to the talent landscape transnationally and beyond. In this presentation, join practitioners from University of Victoria and University of Central Asia (with campuses in Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and soon in Kazakhstan), whose partnership has resulted in the first ever co-operative education program in Central Asia. This session will be engaging and interactive, leaving the audience with insights and learnings that speak to the workplace of the future, learnings from this unique transnational partnership and how co-operative education or other forms of work integrated learning may be applied to their context.
1. Develop an understanding of co-operative education and its relevance to 21st century education
2. How knowledge mobilization across continents can help develop world class programming and best practice, with co-operative education as an example
3. How co-operative education helps students develop the 21st century skills they will need in the workplace of the future.
4. Challenges and opportunities for transnational knowledge mobilization and best practice sharing.
Ms Karima Ramji
Manager, International Programs
Co-op & Career Services
University of Victoria
Karima leads the internationalization of UVic's Co-op and Career programs and is engaged in research relating to intercultural competency development, employability, employer perspectives of hiring international students and decol! onizing work integrated learning. She is also a certified Advanced Cultural Intelligence Facilitator.
Dr Norah McRae
Vice Provost, Work Integrated Learning and Experiential Education
University of Waterloo
Dr, McRae is a respected leader in the world of co-operative and work-integrated education globally. Since 2007, she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, community-engaged learning and intercultural competency development at University of Victoria. She joined University of Waterloo in September 2018.
Mr Myrza Karimov
Director, Co-operative Education
University of Central Asia
Myrza Karimov spent over 13 years as Vice-Rector, Dean, Deputy Director and Assistant Professor with the Arabaev Kyrgyz State University and Jusup Balasagyn Kyrgyz National University. Karimov has successfully established cultural and education links with the European Union, the United States, Thailand and South Korea.
Ms Munira Amidkhonova
University of Central Asia
Munira holds an MBA in Human Resources Management and Marketing from Doshisha University, Japan and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Khorog State University. She studied as an exchange student in the USA and is a graduate of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education.