Ten students from North West Regional College (NWRC) have been given the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to take part in the VTC-ITE International Student Seminar (ISS) on Smart Living.
As the only college in the whole of the UK to take part, the students have worked to prepare a Project Based Learning Ted Talk presentation on Smart Living and will also be given the opportunity to exchange ideas with other students from across the world on issues faced on a global scale.
The students, who study across a wide range of curriculum areas including IT, Performing Arts, Business and the Built Environment, will be mentored on the trip by NWRC members of staff Michael Poole and Annette Smith.
The ISS 2019 is a four-day event held at the Hong Kong Institute where students from Vocational Training Council, Institute of Technical Education and other invited overseas institutions will share their sights on the concept of Smart Living.
Project Based Learning co-ordinator at NWRC, Annette Smith said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students, and we are delighted that they have been selected to participate in such a prestigious event.
“The ISS seminar is a biennial event started in 2007 providing an opportunity for students at Higher Diploma level (from age 18-20) to exchange ideas on global issues through various interactive activities, including presentations, exhibitions, performances and cultural/ industrial visits.
“The main theme of the ISS 2019 is A Smarter Generation for 2020+, which aims to raise students’ awareness of innovation and technology advancement globally and, as a result, its impact on individuals and society.
“NWRC has a strong focus Project Based Learning at the college encouraging students to undertake real life skills projects working directly with local industry.
“This seminar allows them to take this work to the next level.”