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James Cook University, Singapore PhD candidate joins UA Global Summit 2022

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Wed, 16 Nov 2022
James Cook University, Singapore PhD candidate joins UA Global Summit 2022
UA Global Summit 2022

PhD candidate Catherine Toh contributed to the ‘Student Mobility and Partnerships’ panel discussion, alongside her role as a member of the UA judging panel.

The Global Undergraduate Award (UA) is a prestigious global academic awards programme that serves to recognise the world’s leading creative thinkers and problem solvers through their undergraduate coursework. The programme also aims to share their work with a global audience, and connects students across cultures and disciplines. This year, UA received close to 3000 submissions from students across 73 countries.

The top-performing students and recent graduates from around the world are invited to the annual UA Global Summit — a unique three-day event — for networking, discussion, and celebration. This year, the event took place on 6–9 November.

PhD (Health) candidate from James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore, Catherine Toh, was invited to contribute as a member of the UA judging panel. In addition, Catherine also contributed to a panel discussion on “Student Mobility and Partnerships”. The panel discussion focused on the role of partnerships in enhancing student outcomes, building a global presence, and strengthening the institutional brand.

Catherine is currently pursuing her higher degree research at JCU in Singapore. Her research project intends to explore, over a duration of 18 months, how trainee counsellors in Singapore make sense of their hindering self-awareness (HSA) experiences or when their self-awareness becomes overwhelming to manage during counsellor training. This research aims to investigate HSA and the perceived influence on trainee counsellors’ counselling self-efficacy and supervisory working alliance.

Catherine shares, “I consider myself a ‘mobile student’ largely due to JCU's learning environment, and the strong support I have received in my academic endeavours in addition to my personal aspirations. It was a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the panel discussion, learning alongside international scholars, and to share my own JCU experiences in the discussion. The success of the UA Global Summit underscores the value of partnerships in enhancing student mobility which is one of the contributing factors to students’ overall well-being and academic outcomes.”

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