INTERCHANGE 2017 helps build international student entrepreneurial skills

25 August 2017

NSW Parliamentary Secretary Ben Franklin MLC with participants at INTERCHANGE 201

The NSW Government through StudyNSW supported INTERCHANGE 2017, an action packed event to promote innovation and help nurture entrepreneurial and professional skills in international students studying in NSW.

About 210 international students from seven universities - the Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney and University of NSW - participated in the event held over three consecutive Saturdays in August followed by a gala award evening.

Participants were exposed to TEDx-style speaking events with expert guest speakers and supported by business mentors to help come up with entrepreneurial ideas to solve real life problems.

Working in teams, the students were challenged to identify a problem and solve it before capturing their idea in a short video pitch.

Five shortlisted pitches were then made live to a judging panel which included NSW Parliamentary Secretary Ben Franklin MLC, with prizes awarded to the top three teams at a gala event on 24 August at which Mr Franklin delivered the keynote address.

The free annual event was supported by StudyNSW, which was established by the NSW Government to increase the number of international students studying in NSW or with our education providers overseas, improve the quality of their experience while in the State, and recognise their contributions to our communities.

NSW is Australia’s most popular destination for overseas students with more than 268,000 international student enrolments last year.

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