The delegation of Thai academics and representatives who met with ICMS senior leadership and faculty at the ICMS Northern Beaches Campus on 31 May focused on the continued strengthening of relationship between the two institutions.
The group came from Rattanakosin International College of Creative Entrepreneurship (RICE) in Thailand, of the Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin (RMUTR), and included RMUTR President Udomvit Chaisakulkiet and RICE Director Nuttapong Jotikasthira.
In 2023, ICMS recorded its highest intake of Thai students into its undergraduate programs.
The event was an opportunity to showcase ICMS as a leading Australian industry-focused higher education institution, explore further articulation agreements between the institutions and countries, and to explain more about the wide range of ICMS undergraduate degrees and courses.
Following a campus tour, ICMS CEO Rowan Courtney-O’Connor, ICMS Senior Program Manager (Fashion, Marketing and Events) Nicole Venter and ICMS Program Manager (Business and Entrepreneurship) Luisa Arango led enriching discussions around how academia plays a crucial role in shaping students’ academic and professional futures.
The structure of ICMS’ undergraduate degrees was unpacked, with an explanation of the scaffolding and connection to the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Also highlighted were the ICMS’ professional placement subjects, known as Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subjects, that are embedded in the middle of ICMS undergraduate degrees, with the reasoning that this brings industry experience back into the classroom.
An integral feature of the ICMS undergraduate curriculum is the application of an employability framework from day one. This framework serves as a guide to align the curriculum with industry requirements and ensure that students are well-equipped to enter the workforce by the time of graduation.
The possibility of an articulation agreement and study abroad arrangements between the two institutions was also discussed.
“Today’s event was a success. It was the biggest overseas university group visited ICMS post the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is the first ever group of Thailand scholars visiting ICMS,” ICMS Associate Vice President (International Operations) Agatha Chan said.
“This is a sign to industry that business and co-operation among institutions are coming back to normal.”
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