The videos show how higher education institutions around the world use international education initiatives to promote peace and justice.
The La Trobe University video, which features staff and students from La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus, charts a study trip to Sri Lanka last year, where students from the Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning course were conducting research to help improve the quality of life in communities impacted by the Boxing Day tsunami.
‘In the video we demonstrate how La Trobe bridges cultural boundaries through our mobility programs – specifically, those that occur in our urban, rural and environmental planning courses,’ said Associate Professor, Community Planning and Development, Trevor Budge.
‘It was a project in which we collaborated with Sri Lankan staff and students from the University of Moratuwa. We were looking at how the Sri Lankan planning system can be strengthened to improve the quality of life of rural communities.’
The five minute video was entered in a competition run by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, an organisation of nearly 10,000 members that is the world’s largest non-for-profit professional association dedicated to international education.
‘More than 60 individuals and universities from all over the world submitted videos to NAFSA’s competition. The panel of judges reviewed the entries and selected six finalists for online voting and our video made it to the shortlist,’ said Mr Budge.
Now that the judges have narrowed the submissions to the top six entries, members of the public are being asked to vote for their favourite by 1pm (Australian EST) on 22 May.
View finalist entries and vote: http://www.nafsa.org/annualconference/default.aspx?id=31200