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The Global Citizenship Program Award celebrates Deakin University’s commitment to internationalisation. The program is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to reach their full potential in an increasingly globalised environment. Each award recipient must have gained at least 100 points of international experience or activity, as prescribed in the Global Citizenship Program Guidelines. Each international activity is weighted according to the length of time, commitment and skill sets achieved by the student. At the end of trimester two every year Deakin is proud to host an awards ceremony to congratulate the students on their achievements.
Deakin celebrated the 2013 Global Citizenship Awards on Friday 22 November at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.
47 students were awarded for their participation in a range of international activities, including semester-long study abroad, internships, field schools, volunteering, and conferences, among many other activities.
The Global Citizenship Awards were established to recognise the value of international experience in academic, professional and personal development. Participation in the program has spread throughout the student community, with over 2000 students signed up in 2013.
The highlight of the award night was the screening of a documentary film made by Deakin graduate, Filips Laureys. The film focussed on the 2013 Global Citizenship Volunteering Project in South Taveuni, Fiji, where eight Deakin students worked with the local community to construct a kindergarten. The film highlights the benefits of the project to the children and families of this community as well as the Deakin students involved. Kalinda Bish, Deakin participant in the project and speaker at the awards said that “the project, while only two weeks, was life-changing and the memories will stay with me forever.”
Ursula Lorentzen, Acting Manager of Student Mobility, reflected on the changing nature of students' overseas experiences through Deakin “I think this year’s awards have taken on a community engagement focus. We’ve found that our returned students have had international experiences which have changed their mindset, and given them a new sense of purpose. They come home with a new skill set and are looking for meaningful opportunities which allow them to travel again, and help others. Volunteering, I think, will continue to grow in leaps and bounds into the future.”
Deakin has been successful in growing the range of international experiences available to students due to the establishment of initiatives such as the Global Citizenship Program. An annual report on mobility of University students gathered through the Australian International Directors Forum in 2012 ranked Deakin in 7th position in Australia for the number of students undertaking international study opportunities.
For Professor Gary Smith, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), the growth in international experiences for students reflects the larger dreams Deakin has for its graduates. “Universities should be places that inspire people with a sense of their own capabilities to contribute to the nation, and, in the case of the Global Citizenship Award recipients, the world”, Smith said.
View our GCP Awards Promo Video