Collaborating with global university partners
Nottingham Business School collaborate with partners across the globe working to address the global challenges that we currently face together. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a form of virtual student exchange between NBS and our partner universities. It allows our students from different countries, to collaborate on a meaningful project relevant to their studies, using digital technology.
Nottingham Business School and O.P. Jindal Global University COIL Project
During January 2021, 50 students from NBS and O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in India took part in a COIL project within the field of business sustainability in India and the UK. The 5-day virtual programme, funded by UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative), provided the participants with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Indian and UK contexts.
The mixed student groups, comprising 5 NBS and 5 JGU participants per group, gave them first-hand experience to collaborate across cultures in a virtual environment. Five distinguished business partners were enlisted to provide opportunities for the groups to develop innovative solutions to real business challenges.
The feedback received from the students was extremely positive and focused on the professional skills that they developed through the activities especially around working effectively across cultures in a virtual environment. They also considered that their international networks had been expanded which they considered would support their transition into their future professional careers.
DePaul University Global Conversations
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the beginning of 2020, colleagues at DePaul University, one of our partner institutions in Chicago, USA, established a new series of Global Conversations offering students the opportunity to connect and reflect on the impact of COVID-19 with students from across the globe.
In April 2021, staff and students from both NBS and from NTU’s School of Social Sciences co-hosted sessions in the latest series of events. Our NBS colleagues ran its session on “Inclusiveness, safety and resilience for supporting sustainable cities and communities” together with Universidad ICESI Business School in Cali (CO).
NTU students, together with their colleagues from Chicago and Cali, discussed opportunities and challenges to reaching sustainable development goals, specifically those tied to inclusiveness, safety, and resilience. Insights on the importance of being pragmatic, culturally aware, and having institutions that lead by example emerged as key points for reflection.