Partner with PACE
Macquarie's multi award-winning Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program provides opportunities for students to apply learning in practice.
Based on the principle of reciprocity, students contribute to partner organisations and the community, while gaining vital industry experience and skills.
Our innovative PACE program is unmatched in the Australian Higher Education sector. It's scale, scope and diversity sets it apart from the practical programs offered at other Universities.
PACE is fully integrated into the undergraduate curriculum across all disciplines. It provides a unique learning partnership between students, organisations, and the University.
COVID-19 update: We are working with our partners to ensure PACE experiences are mutually beneficial and safe. Arrangements for PACE vary by unit and type of activity, and are adapting as necessary to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
The success of PACE has been recognised with a suite of prestigious awards:
- 2017 Australian Award for University Teaching for Programs that Enhance Learning (Winner)
- 2017 Australian Financial Review Award for Employability (Winner)
- 2017 Australian Tertiary Education Management Best Practice Award (Highly Commended, PACE International)
- 2017 Academic Staff Award - Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (Winner, PACE International)
Benefits of PACE
PACE is mutually beneficial for students, partner organisations and the University. As a PACE partner you will connect with:
- highly motivated, capable and work-ready students
- an innovative group of academics
- a community of inspiring partner organisations.
PACE can help your organisation:
Meet professional objectives
PACE students bring their contemporary knowledge, skills and fresh ideas to benefit partner organisations. They help your organisation complete real projects and meet objectives.
PACE units are part of all Macquarie undergraduate courses. The range and mode of delivery of activities is very diverse. So no matter what skill-set your business requires — our team can help find the right match for your needs.
Establish a pipeline to employability
PACE provides partner organisations with a pipeline to a future workforce of well-rounded recruits who understand your industry.
When it comes to hiring, you'll be able to select from the highest achieving graduates. PACE students graduate with skills that are vital for employability in any industry, including:
- team work
- cross-cultural understanding
- critical thinking
- leadership ability.
Build professional networks
We partner with over 3000 organisations from local, regional and international spheres across all sectors of the economy. We collaborate with:
- non-government organisations
As a growing vibrant community, our partner organisations gain access to mutually beneficial professional networks.
Mentor and inspire future leaders
Mentoring PACE students presents an ideal professional development opportunity.
Offer in-house leadership training to your future team leaders and managers and, at the same time, inspire the best and brightest students to achieve their maximum potential.
It's a win-win.
Collaborate on research
At Macquarie, we know that research should be linked to practical outcomes, both for organisations and communities.
That's why we want to connect with partners to develop research projects that meet organisational and industry objectives.
If you have a project in mind, complete our PACE enquiry form.
Feedback from partner organisations enables us to understand partner needs and reflect on what’s working and what can be improved in the PACE program.
Recent research into Partner Perspectives has given us a clear picture of some of the elements that contribute to ideal interns and mutually beneficial internships.
We are working towards achieving these ideals and have taken actions on specific recommendations in alignment with our focus on continuous improvement.
Hear from our PACE partners
When we think about hiring, PACE program participants have a track record that makes it incredibly attractive to us to partner more with that program and Macquarie University in the future.
Having PACE students working with us is a win-win situation from my point of view. They bring in fresh ideas. They also help and are innovative, energetic, and are enthusiastic to actually get work done.