Now in its fourth year, Warwick’s TeamWork virtual international programme has grown to reflect students’ and organisations’ developing appetite for meaningful and inclusive virtual international experiences.
TeamWork brings together a multi-disciplinary, multi-university team of up to 8 students, to work virtually on an organisation’s project for four weeks during the Summer. To prepare, students attend a series of induction workshops to develop their employability skills and to get to know their individual team. Throughout the programme, students also have access to an organisation mentor. Already, we are seeing and hearing stories from TeamWork alumni about how their experience has helped shaped their career choices and enhanced their graduate outcomes.
The opportunities offered by this programme have enabled us to proactively reach out to selected key international universities and invite these partners to come on-board and co-develop the TeamWork programme further.
Last year, alongside our established university partners of Monash University, Australia and Monash University, Malaysia, we were able to offer a multi-university partner variant of TeamWork with four new key international partner universities – the University of Hong Kong; University of Toronto, Canada; Cornell University, USA; and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. For 2022, the programme will develop further still with the addition of a Eutopia university strand.
As well as bringing their students to the programme, the partner universities will each deliver both an intercultural and skills workshop for the whole student cohort – providing a unique international and intercultural lens stretching from the East to the West.
Our partners also mirror our focus on prioritising TeamWork places for students from under-represented groups in Higher Education, including Warwick Scholars and students in receipt of a Warwick bursary.
The addition of Eutopia University for this Summer’s 2022 programme paves the way for TeamWork to be developed into an ongoing, rolling opportunity accessible for students throughout the academic year, enabling more students and organisations to participate and as importantly, bringing additional university partners to enrich the programme further.
Esther de Perlaky
International Employability Manager, Student Opportunity