Brookes welcomes students from the University of Windsor, Canada

Friday, 28 October 2016

Biosciences

On Monday 31 October, Oxford Brookes University will welcome students from Canada for a four-day learning exchange programme.

As part of the University’s International Strategy which seeks to establish international partnerships, the programme will bring students in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, together with a multidisciplinary team of students from the Odette School of Business, and the Nursing and Law Faculties at the University of Windsor in Canada to work on five science-based entrepreneurial ideas.

Deborah Pearce, Programme Lead for Biology and Environment at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are delighted to welcome students from the University of Windsor to Oxford Brookes this week for what will be a unique experience for all the students involved. 

“This project started a few weeks ago and it is a new and innovative way of mixing online and offline learning activities and using technology to enhance the student learning experience.  

This project started a few weeks ago and it is a new and innovative way of mixing online and offline learning activities and using technology to enhance the student learning experience.

Deborah Pearce, Programme Lead for Biology and Environment, Oxford Brookes University

“The students have been discussing their projects via video conferencing for five weeks and they will now be meeting their partners face-to-face.”

The five entrepreneurial ideas the students have been working on range from developing and selling a Canadian Ecological Toolkit for mapping habitats, to a virus-like particle vaccine. 

Professor Francine Schlosser, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship, Practice and Innovation Centre at the University of Windsor, said: “Working on the entrepreneurial ideas and bringing in students across different academic disciplines will not only allow students from both universities to learn new skills and gain valuable experiences but it will also give students an advantage when entering employment.”

Throughout this week’s programme, students from the Odette School of Business will have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in real-life business situations and provide valuable commercialisation advice for the Oxford Brookes students’ ideas. 

Meanwhile, the Oxford Brookes students will gain an understanding of how research is translated into business and will learn how to explain their ideas to non-scientists and gain an understanding of market competition, product positioning, potential suppliers and partners, scale-up issues, intellectual property and contracting. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of creativity and innovation, within the international business environment, that leads to new product development. 

On Wednesday (2 November) evening, students will deliver joint presentations at the Bioinnovation Hub with Oxford Expression Technologies and OBN. The evening will provide an opportunity for the local business community to see the value in international, multidisciplinary and experiential learning and work with academia to facilitate this type of educational experience for students. 

In the video below, the visiting students introduce themselves to the Oxford Brookes students they will be working with throughout the week. The students have also been recording details of their progress throughout the programme which can be found on their blog.

Oxford Brookes University is committed to the development of the University’s worldwide presence that is international in its mission and outlook. More information about the University’s International Strategy 2016-2020 can be found online.