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Student Industry Projects showcased

19 February, 2021
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Our Applied Management students had the opportunity to showcase their Industry Projects and celebrate their success recently.

OPAIC’s Applied Management Department hosted an Industry Project Day for cohort 36 students on campus last week. 

The Industry Project is the capstone course of our Applied Management qualifications. We designed the course to help our students develop their capabilities and enhance their employability.

Students complete these projects at workplaces, allowing them to explore the value their capabilities may bring to the industry.

Head of Management, Russell Harry, said the industry project differentiates OPAIC from other institutions. Students get to try out their learning and develop their capabilities, which sets them in good stead for their careers.

All of our cohort 36 students have now completed their work placements and projects.

Last week’s event was their opportunity to report on their projects, showcase their employability growth, and share experiences and celebrate success.

Russell opened the session and said students could learn a lot from what others had done as well as from their own experience.

Anastasia from our Employability Team then spoke about our Work Ready Essentials programme, Next and Placement Specialist Kenny Kumar shared impressive feedback about our students from two of our industry partners, Heinz Company and Holcim NZ.

Three more employers video recorded their feedback and evaluation of our students and this was shared during the day. Seven students presented their projects to the audience, and ten students hosted poster presentations.

Russell was pleased with how the day went.

“I thought it worked great with the stand-up presentations and the poster presentations. There was some good feedback given to students and this will help with their reports in two weeks' time,” he said.

“I enjoyed the student interaction at the posters and there was some good work on display. Having both work supervisors (on video) and students reflect on the internship was good for everyone to see and very positive for OPAIC.”

Industry Project Day highlighted students' work-integrated learning achievements.

The OPAIC Applied Management Team and Employability Team are passionately working together to support our international students to transition between study and the job market.