PACE brings home the "Employability" award at this year's Australian Financial Review Higher Education awards
Close Learning & Teaching partners with Cognitive Science, The Macquarie University PACE team brought home the "Employability" award at this year's Australian Financial Review Higher Education awards.
The PACE team focuses on the employability of Macquarie University graduates at both classroom and industry levels. It is unmatched in the Australian higher education sector in terms of its scope, scale, diversity and curriculum integration
About the initiative:
The employability of graduates is a vital outcome for students, universities, industry and the broader community. At a time of declining graduate employment rates, work integrated learning (WIL) programs are enhancing students’ employability1. However, WIL opportunities are often confined to small numbers of students in specific professional disciplines or to a select few whose abilities and grades can secure highly competitive industry internships.
Macquarie University’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program is unique in Australian higher education in extending WIL experiences to all undergraduates irrespective of their discipline of study. In five years, PACE has been phased in across the entire curriculum to ensure program quality, scalability and sustainability. To date, 25,000 Macquarie students have undertaken a WIL experience through PACE and in 2017, enrolments will exceed 8,000 for the year.
How does PACE work? By being thoroughly embedded within the curriculum. The program is at the core of Macquarie’s transformative approach to education and graduate employability, where students apply classroom learning in practice and develop valuable career and life skills. Working with one of our 2,500 partner organisations enables students to accumulate a portfolio of transferable skills, knowledge, aptitudes and experiences to equip themselves for the changing world of work and a life of ethical and engaged citizenship. Qualitative and quantitative data attest to the impact of PACE on students’ professional and personal 1 Jackson, 2013 development, on their ability to clarify career and life goals and to identify their pathways to employment.
Congratulations to all members of the PACE team!
Content owner: Department of Cognitive Science Last updated: 31 Aug 2017 8:59am