An innovative UNSW course that gives business students an opportunity to complete part of their degree in Asia has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s AFR Higher Education Awards.

The course is one of four finalists in the International Education category for the awards which will be announced at a gala dinner on October 27.

The Global Business Practicum provides undergraduate students at UNSW’s Business School with a work-integrated-learning opportunity in Asia.

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Students in small consulting teams work on real projects for host companies in Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Shanghai. The course includes cultural preparation and in-country classes on local business, language and culture.

UNSW has also been nominated in the Learning Experience category for the Biomedical Education Skills and Training (BEST) Network.

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The network is a collaboration between UNSW, the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne and James Cook University and one of four finalists in the category.

The network uses digital technology to share knowledge, expertise and courseware in biomedical education. It reduces cost and duplication and enables content creation on the Smart Sparrow adaptive e-learning platform.

The two UNSW nominations are among 28 finalists across seven categories which recognise excellence in Australian universities and other higher education institutions.

Read the AFR story announcing all of the finalists here