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New CQUni students discover social innovation from day one

New CQUni students discover social innovation from day one

Published:11 July 2017

CQUni Orientation featured social innovation information stands at five campuses, to highlight opportunities for students to tackle real-world problems, and change their communities.

Term 2 Orientation at CQUniversity had a new flavour last week, as students flocked to find out more about social innovation.

The Office of Social Innovation hosted information stands at five campuses, to highlight opportunities for students to tackle real-world problems, and drive change in their communities.

Social Innovation Program Manager Ashley Clarke coordinated the stalls, hosted by local students and staff at Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns.

“CQUniversity’s approach to social innovation is by ‘Engaging with our communities to address entrenched social issues’, and we’re seeing students really respond to the appeal of driving change locally,” Ashley said.

“Our ambassadors at the stalls had plenty to promote, from participating in The Big Idea competition, to considering social innovation subjects within students’ courses.”

The ambassadors also shared their own experience of changemaking at CQUni, including participation in the Social Innovation Studio Gladstone in April this year.

Students were also invited to get involved in the stalls, mapping issues in their local community that they’d like to tackle.

“Participating in social innovation at CQUni, you gain employability skills such as team work, problem solving, creativity, communication, critical thinking and ethical practice, and also it’s just fun!” Ashley said.

As CQUniversity’s changemaker offerings grow, the Office of Social Innovation is also in the process of appointing Change Champions, students involved in social innovation projects on every campus who will be ambassadors for CQUni-wide initiatives.

“Orientation was a great start – and everyone at CQUni will be hearing lots more about social innovation soon!” Ashley said.

In 2017, CQUniversity is taking its social innovation agenda to the world stage, with membership of Ashoka U, a global not-for-profit organisation seeking social change through education, innovation and entrepreneurialism.