50% or bust: achieving mobility targets through cross-campus collaboration and goal-setting

The University of Sydney has an exciting target for 2020: for 50% of students to undertake an outbound mobility experience before they graduate. Improving the integration and uptake of outbound mobility experiences is central to the redesigned undergraduate curriculum, which ensures that every undergraduate course contains academic rigour, cross-disciplinary learning, global perspectives and real-world projects.

This e-poster will explain why mobility experiences are an important part of the Sydney undergraduate experience, drawing from research in the field as well as the university’s vision for achieving its goal in 2020. It will outline ways in which Sydney Global Mobility and the faculties and centres on campus work together and support each other while working towards this common goal.

This e-poster will provide you with an understanding of:

* the benefits of mobility experiences for students

* how to set an outbound mobility goal and develop a working plan to achieve it

* how to navigate silos within a university to work towards a common goal

* how to encourage more students to take up an international experience.

Ms Cara Bonnington

Mobility Manager

University of Sydney

Cara Bonnington is the Mobility Manager of Sydney Global Mobility, where she oversees a team working on outbound student exchange, short-term mobility programs, Australian Government mobility grants and international agreements. She and her team work closely with faculty to deliver outstanding mobility opportunities for students and drive the University of Sydney towards its 50% outbound mobility target. Prior to joining the University of Sydney in 2015, Cara spent six years working in international education at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, Cara worked closely with Alumni Relations, faculty and schools to develop internship placements for Penn’s International Internship Program, and advised for study abroad and exchange programs in the Middle East (including Turkey and Israel) and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has a Master of Science in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.