Celebrating successes with the 13th Annual Partners Conference
The 2022 edition of the Annual Partners Conference reflected on great achievements while celebrating the power of cooperation with partners.
James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore held its 13th edition of the Annual Partners Conference on 13-26 January 2022, as partners from around the globe gathered to celebrate the University’s many successes over the past year while looking forward to new and exciting developments in the future.
Professor Chris Rudd OBE, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore at James Cook University, shared in an online launch video: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic — and the disruptions we have all seen in our personal and professional lives — we have adapted, we have responded, and we have remained connected. Although uncertainties persist, the past year has seen James Cook University in Singapore overcome very many challenges, and we have emerged with an encouraging sense of hope and determination, bolstered by the success of the global vaccine roll-out.”
Similar to last year, the Partners Conference saw a mix of online and offline events where possible, ensuring that the appropriate safety measures are in place in the face of the global pandemic.
Local partners from the Singapore and China markets had the opportunity to visit the Singapore campus, where partners received gifts and awards for their hard work. Noteworthy updates were shared with the partners — including the University’s achievement of the much-prized AACSB accreditation, which reflects the very high standards of JCU’s business programmes, and the University’s new suite of Science and Technology programmes launched in 2021 to address the demands of the future of work.
Similar updates were shared with partners from other markets — Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Europe, and Central Asia/Korea/Thailand — who participated in the conference online over Zoom. Notably, the Malaysia (and Brunei) market broke 5-year historical records in 2021 student recruitment, while the Indonesia market managed to overcome a 5-year downward spiral trend in 2021 student recruitment. Partners from Malaysia and Indonesia also partook in a virtual tour that covered five locations across Singapore — the Singapore River, Orchard Road, Chinatown, the Geylang Serai market and Marina Bay.
In addition, partners were informed of the seamless student support that JCU has been providing to all international students, and were also given updates on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore to provide reassurance for international students to study in Singapore. The partners also had the chance to take part in various engaging online activities such as quizzes and lucky draws, which came with attractive prizes. What’s more, alumni from the Vietnam and Myanmar markets were invited to share their success stories with partners from their respective markets, and even addressed questions raised during the conference.
Professor May Tan-Mullins, Dean International at JCU in Singapore, said, “2021 has been a difficult year for most universities. But James Cook University, Singapore has managed to convert many of these challenges into great opportunities. Together with our excellent partners, we have managed to overdrive our targeted student numbers by 5%. So, a very big thank you to all of you for placing JCU, Singapore as one of the best universities for your students to study.”
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