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Welcome to our second WACE-IRG Newsletter!
For the past month, our five Regional Vice-Chairs have been busy working with Dr. Twyford compiling the news and collecting pictures to showcase in this issue. While reading through, I am certain you will share my enthusiasm for what has been a very productive quarter for our members. This issue highlights their many successes from winning research and service awards, to offering multi-day workshops, to presenting research findings at the many CWIE events held around the globe. It's an exciting time for us as we move the research agenda forward. I am pleased to announce that since June, we have increased our membership by 25%. We now have 101 members representing 17 countries. With such a rapid increase, Marty Ford has been busy updating the roster on our website. As 2016 draws to a close, we should all be very proud of how far we've come with advancing research in cooperative education and work-integrated learning. I look forward to an engaging and productive 2017, beginning with the second WACE-IRG Grant competition in January. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the WACE World Conference in Chiang Mai in June 2017. Warm regards, Dr. Maureen Drysdale Executive Chair - WACE International Research Group.


News from Africa

  • A new Southern Africa Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE) Executive was elected with the following members: Mr Andile Sipengane – Vice President, Ms Fundiswa Nofemela – Secretary , Mr Boni Gantile – CEO SASCE, Mr Carver Pop – President and Mr Thomas – Treasurer.
  • The second WIL-Africa Conference was held from the 19-22 September, 2016 and hosted by the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, in collaboration with the National Skills Authority (NSA).
  • WIL Africa showcase various partnerships and best practice models of WIL and Co-operative education and work-based learning, giving professionals the opportunity to discuss challenges and explore opportunities in the field of workplace learning.
  • The event included an award ceremony to celebrate the contribution, success and achievements of the organisations who partake and promoted WIL in their work place and other environments. The awards ceremony was exciting and well attended as it showed off the potential of WIL in Africa! The award categories included:
  • Certificates of Excellence for long-standing commitment to co-operative education and WIL which were awarded to: Carletonville Hospital; Dona's Mates Youth Football Development Academy; Monalebo Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd; Sappi South Africa; Sun International; Umgeni Water; And Vaal Maseru Bus Service.
  • Special Award to Cathsseta for commitment to the development of co-operative education and WIL.
  • Lifelong Achievement Award to Danie Language for his dedication and commitment in leading the development of co-operative education and WIL in South Africa.
  • Lifelong Achievement Award to Professor Wichit Srisa-an for his innovative leadership in education and commitment to leading the development of co-operative education and WIL globally.
  • Lifelong Achievement Award to Shakeel Ori - in recognition of dedication & commitment in leading the development of co-operative education and WIL in Southern Africa and growing partnerships globally.
  • Leadership Award for the leadership and commitment to the development of co-operative education and WIL to: FP&M SETA; INSETA; merSETA; Swiss South Africa Cooperation Initiative; and Dr.Thabo Mashongoane.
  • Award for Innovative Leadership to INJAZ for the innovative leadership in improving employability in Jordan through there Entrepreneurship & Employment Programme.

Past events

  • WIL 2016 Conference, 25 – 29 July, 2016, in Kumasi, Ghana.
  • First International SASCE Workshop presented by Dr Maureen Drysdale and Dr Tracey Bowen. The theme of the Namibian workshop –attended by 33 participants - was 'Professional Development Workshop for Co-op and WIL Practitioners', 21 – 24 August 2016.
  • Workshop held at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on 'Bridging learning and practice through co-operative education: Critical thinking, quality assurance, and problems made real', 25 – 26 August, with 19 participants.
  • Workshop held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on 'Reflections and Assessments' with 49 participants.
  • 2nd WIL-Africa Conference, 19 – 22 September, 2016, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

CWIE Associations in Africa
Southern Africa Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE)

Dr. Roelien Brink, Vice-Chair Africa,


News from the Americas

  • Experience Magazine, supported by Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) and sponsored by the ATC Foundation is returning after many years' hiatus, with the first issue coming out in late November. As some may remember, Experience Magazine provides articles on good practice, summaries on relevant research, and hot topic information for all constituents. The Editor of Experience Magazine is Michael Sharp, from the University of Cincinnati Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement.
  • National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) has endorsed a new journal, Experiential Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ELHTE): a Journal for Engaged Educators. It is supported and published at Southern Utah University (SUU) and is about to release its first volume.
  • The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) had a successful conference with ACDEC on August 7-10, 2016 in Moncton, New Brunswick with the theme "Attracting the Best Talent". At the conference, Dr. Norah McRae, from the University of Victoria, received the well-deserved Albert S. Barber Award for outstanding contributions made to the philosophy and practice of co-operative education in Canada, sponsored by the University of Waterloo. To see more about the conference, go to the CAFCE website. Also an annual general meeting for CAFCE and a Professional Development event was held on November 2, 2016 at the University of Waterloo.
  • WACE held its 2nd International Research Symposium sponsored by the University of Victoria on June 12-15, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. During the Symposium, the award for Best Refereed Paper was awarded to Dr. Tracy Bowen, from the University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada for her paper on "Becoming a professional: A comparative analysis between Canadian and Swedish WIL student perspectives." This award recognizes work that provides evidence of the power of CWIE on an academic discipline, industry or students so we congratulate Tracy on being recognized for her outstanding research in our field.
  • NSEE held its 45th annual conference titled 'Experiential Education: Institutional Impact, Diversity, and Student Success' on September 26-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Those receiving awards at the conference were as follows: Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education: Higher Education Award: Jeffrey Coker, Elon University; Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education: Rising Leader: Kimberly Pause Tucker, Stevenson University; John S. Duley Lifetime Achievement Award: Lynne Montrose (posthumously awarded); William H. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education: Dr. Daan Braveman, President, Nazareth College.
  • For many years, NSEE has provided professional education through the Experiential Education Academy (EEA). This professional education has core and elective courses that lead to a certificate covering all aspects of Experiential Education. These courses are provided at each annual conference and regionally all over North America by request. If your institution is interested in providing this type of training for faculty and staff in your institution and possibly surrounding institutions, please contact the EEA through the NSEE website.


Past events

  • The CEIA held their 15th Annual CEIA Training in Vail, CO, on June 15-17 for newcomers to the field, 3 year or less. Next year, the training schedule may be split between experienced professionals and newcomers in June 21-23 so please consider participating in this informative experience in beautiful surroundings.
  • Southern Utah University (SUU) held its second annual Experiential Learning Leadership Institute in Bryce Canyon National Park from June 26-30, 2016. This conference provided EEA pre-conference courses, diverse opportunities to explore both experiential education and leadership through participant presentations and included experiential education experiences for attendees and guests in two national parks and leadership exercises within the conference proceedings. Conference participants were experiential educators and administrators from all over the U.S. Next year's conference will be held from June 26-29 in Park City, UT. More information here.

CWIE Associations in the Americas
Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE)
Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA)
National Society for Experiential Education (NSSE)
WACE Secretariat housed on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the USA.
International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)
Campus Compact

Dr. Sherri Dressler, Vice-Chair (Americas),


News from Asia

  • A book titled 'Cooperative Education in Asia' on cooperative education is being prepared Yasushi Tanaka, Center of Research for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan, and Karsten Zegwarrd, Director, Cooperative Education Unit, University of Waikato, New Zealand. The book is based on a concurrent session "Cooperative Education in Asia" held during 2015 WACE World Conference in Kyoto and will be extended to include more areas --- China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore with a summary chapter. The chief contributors of the country studies are WACE participants and the co-editors will be in charge of the summary chapter. The chapter writing is in process and the final manuscript is to be submitted to the publisher "Routledge" by December 2017 for publication.

Future events

  • The 20th World Conference on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand June 5-8, 2017 with the theme "New Challenges for CWIE in the 21st Century". The Opening Ceremony on June 6th will be a special event. The ceremony will encompass both the opening of the World Conference, as well as the opening for the Thai Cooperative Education Day, typically attended by 750 Thai cooperative education professionals. Call for papers are open now.

Researchers from WACE to be invited to WEEF & GEDC Seoul, 2016, Peggy Jarvie, Executive Director, Co-operative Education, Waterloo University, Canada, and Yasushi Tanaka, Center of Research for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan, are invited as special session speakers for "The Global Industry University Cooperation Forum" in the World Engineering Education Forum and The Global Engineering Deans Council to be held during 6-10, November, 2016 in Korea.

CWIE Associations in Asia
Japan Forum for Work Integrated Learning / WACE Japan Office
Thai Association for Collaborative Education (TACE)
WACE-ISO@SUT: WACE International Satellite Office
Dr. Yasushi Tanaka, Vice-Chair (Asia),




Future CWIE events in Europe

  • The European Network of Cooperative and Work Integrated Higher Education (CWIHE) is a three-year project (2014-2017) funded under the "Strategic Partnership for Higher Education" scheme in Erasmus + programme. It intends to establish a solid European Network which will face the challenges presented by the model, while spreading it at EU level as a valuable alternative to tackle unemployment and promote entrepreneurship skills. The next training for teaching staff to occur as part of the project occurs in March 2017 at Lleida in Spain. The 6th training for teaching staff will be divided in two different parts consortium internal training and open to the public training: Dates: 6-10 March 2017 (details about the Universitat de Lleida model and Spanish context); and Dates: 9-10 March 2017 (for those interested in developing this type of model in the network).

Past CWIE events in Europe

  • Application on cost action programme, September, 2016. Partners: DHBW Germany, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom and University West Sweden.
  • WIL-seminar in CNAM, Paris, France October, 2016.
  • WIL Seminar in Porto, Portugal October, 2016.Network meeting in Porto, Portugal October, 2016.

CWIE Associations in Europe
VILÄR – national conference in WIL (next conference in December 2016) ISO-WACE Office

Dr. Kristina Johansson, WACE IRG Vice-Chair (Europe),


News from Oceania

  • At the WACE International Research Symposium held at Victoria, Canada, in June it was announced that the Asia-Pacific region will be split into two separate regions; with Prof Yasushi Tanaka being appointed as vice-chair of the Asia region and Dr Karsten Zegwaard for vice-chair of Oceania.
  • Australia is exploring how to better engage STEM subjects with WIL, after identifying this as an area where there is limited engagement – especially at pre-university level.
  • ACEN has announced the inaugural Life Membership awards. These were award to three much celebrated ACEN members: Carrol-joy Patrick (Griffith University), Janice Orrell (Flinders University), Freny Tayebjee (Western Sydney University)
  • ACEN has also introduced National WIL Awards which were presented at the annual conference. Macquarie University's work with The Salvation Army won the Collaboration Award, and the Local Hero Award was won by RMIT for their relationship with Bakehouse Studios.
  • Three $10,000 ACEN research grants have been granted.This is an exciting area where ACEN is fostering WIL research capacity.
  • The long serving chair of NZACE, Katharine Hoskyn (AUT University), will stand down at the end of 2016. Katharine has been chair for six years, during which time Katharine forged strong relationships between NZACE and other national WIL associations, along with much needed organisation around internal structures. Katharine will be much missed as chair, however, she will continue her involvement with the NZACE council. Dr Jenny Fleming (AUT University) will commence as chair of NZACE start of 2017.
  • NZACE is currently in its 24th year and recently created a legacy document to capture the history.
  • The Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (APJCE) continues to grow well as an international focused journal. There are two upcoming special issues, one from the WACE International Research Symposium 2016 event (due end of 2016) and another from the ACEN 2016 event (due start of 2017).

Future events

  • The WAND Teaching and Learning Forum will be held at Curtin University, 2 February, 2017.
  • The Western Australia chapter of ACEN will hold a research symposium in Perth, 13 February, 2017.
  • The next NZACE conference will be held in Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, on the 26-28 April, 2017. Keynote speakers will be Richard Coll and Patricia Linn.
  • The Victoria and Tasmania chapters of ACEN will meet at the start of 2017, dates TBC.
  • The next ACEN conference will be held in 2018.

Past events

  • The NZACE annual conference occurred in April, at the Takapuna Boat Club, Auckland. The conference was well-attended and included attendees from Australia, US, and Canada. A particularly memorable moment was when the keynote presenter stopped midway through the presentation to allow attendees to watch a pod of dolphins swim past!
  • The ACEN national conference 'WIL 2020: Pushing the boundaries' occurred in September (28-30) at Macquarie University, Sydney. This was a very well attended conference of 260 attendees from 10 countries and representatives from virtually every Australian Universities. The conference was the first paperless ACEN conference, and was supported by a Conference App which worked very well (and was also a source of amusement). Prior to the conference there was a research roundtable held with 50 people attending.
  • The NZ Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Forum occurred in Wellington in October and was attended by several NZACE members in order to bring these two association closer together. There were several insightful presentation from commissioners and governmental analysts that highlighted the demand from the current NZ government (presumably like many governments) to make more obvious paths linking study direction with career outcomes.

CWIE Associations in Oceania
Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)
New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education (NZACE)

Dr. Karsten Zegwaard, Vice-Chair (Oceania),

For more information about the WACE IRG please contact Dr. Maureen Drysdale, Executive Chair WACE International Reserach Group,

Unless otherwise stated, images throughout the newsletter have been provided by WACE IRG members. Copyright © 2016 WACE IRG, All rights reserved.