The biggest congratulations to, Dr Jason Sargent, our friend and partner who CERES Global works with in delivering the IT for Social impact Trips to India, and who has achieved global success at this year’s QS International Higher Education Impact Award in Valencia, Spain for his vision and delivery of the project.
We have been running these trips in partnership with Swinburne University since 2014 linking Australian students to schools in Mumbai and our long standing partners in Pal and Jamnya. The project aims to help improve access to technology for students in remote regions as well as educate Australian students on global, cross cultural, socio-environmental issues. It also recognises the important role technology plays in our ability to deal with future climatic, environmental and social challenges.
Pic: Jason accepting his award in Spain.
At the awards Dr Sargent took home the Best Staff Mobility Experience award for the project.
The award acknowledges the benefits of international mobility experiences on both staff and students and the work and dedication that goes into them from all involved.
“To be recognised by international peers who design and support short-term mobility student projects is a huge honour I accept on behalf of my students who journey through India with me and colleagues who have supported me,” says, Dr Sargent.
He continues, “the underlying reason I continue to run these types of projects is the intimate and unrestricted access student teams have into the organisations and communities of the countries we visit,”
“We hope we can light the fire of passion for technology in one or all of the Indian students and particularly the female students.”
Pic: Sharing cultures. Swinburne student, Rosie Caruana, with local Indian students on the IT for Social Impact India study tour
“The freedom given to our students to design the activities builds their confidence immediately. They learn to be agile in all senses of the word.”
Our next IT for Social Impact study tour to India is this December 2016.
By Sophie Edwards