Linking up and learning with international universities, businesses and charities might appear impossible for De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students during the global pandemic. But the award-winning DMU Global programme is offering hundreds of opportunities to do just that throughout this academic year.
As the pandemic closes physical borders around the world, DMU Global is bringing innovative online opportunities for every student to experience different cultures and ways of learning that will boost their job opportunities and help them develop a range of key skills.
DMU Global Online Learning will cover everything from virtual internships in Fiji to discussing the Black Lives Matter movement with academics in Georgia, USA to helping the planet meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
To make DMU Global accessible to every student, participants will be able to dedicate as little as a couple of hours to several weeks to new academic, employability and cultural experiences.
Leo Smith, Head of Global Mobility at DMU, said: “When the pandemic hit we were determined that DMU Global would continue to bring our students unique opportunities to learn from, and work with, people around the world.
“We all need to innovate and not let COVID-19 be a barrier to improving cultural understanding and co-operation globally.
“You may not be able to put students on a plane right now to physically experience what the wider world has to offer, as we have done in previous years, but the DMU Global team is excited to have created online opportunities that will undoubtedly put you ahead of the curve when it comes to seeking out future jobs and careers.”
One of the highlights this term is the Common Purpose Global Citizenship Course.
More than 100 places are available for students who will be able to link up with senior leaders and fellow students to see how they can take a stand on global issues they are passionate about. The three-week course will help students play an active role in advancing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and sharing their visions of how the world can be a better place in 2030.
There are 17 SDG’s which cover everything from eradicating poverty to taking climate action as well as building strong institutions and promoting peace and justice.
Students can also apply to join the ThinkPacific Virtual Internship which will put them at the forefront of helping the people, and learning about the culture, of Fiji. 150 places are available for students globally to work online to support Fijian government ministries, social enterprises or charities, implement the Fiji National Development Plan and work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
ThinkPacific will connect students with real life projects supporting communities in the Fijian islands. As well as providing insightful mentoring, coaching and support to help them contribute to global issues.
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange – Social Circles encourages students to ask ‘Three years after #metoo, where are we in terms of gender relations’. They will be able to virtually meet and chat with young people across Europe, build meaningful relationships, better understand the viewpoint of others and develop a range of employability skills (such as cross-cultural communication, problem solving and digital literacy).
There are deadlines for each virtual global experience over the next two weeks so students are being encouraged to go online and sign up as soon as possible.
If you are interested in hearing more about upcoming DMU Global activities you can sign up to the mailing list and learn about new opportunities as they arrive.