Connecting with students: Integrating Sustainable Development Goals through Work Integrated Learning

Date 01.11.2021 - 12.11.2021
Location University East Anglia (UK), Deakin University (Australia)


Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an immersive consultancy project adopted by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaborations with our global partnership with Deakin University. The programme connects Deakin University students, in groups, with separate and unrelated client briefs related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Their intensive two-week programme, part of their course curriculum, is delivered both by UEA and Deakin University, working closely with local UK clients to consider and solve challenges relating to their individual group brief. During the programme, students conduct formal business meetings and undertake research to reach proposals for their client’s organisation. The two weeks concludes with students formally presenting their findings to clients, alongside submitting a management report. This is not a public engagement event.

About UK Organisation

Ground-breaking projects, meaningful ideas and life-changing research puts UEA in the global top 200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022. A lot happens at UEA, and anything is possible when the right individuals come together. The people make UEA unique. There’s a thriving campus community with 17,000 students living and learning together, including over 3,500 international students from more than 100 countries. But at UEA, you’re not just a number. You’re an important part of our community. Wherever you’re from, we nurture your talent and help you develop and succeed – making your time abroad the most memorable part of your university degree.


About Australia Organisation

We’re rated 5 stars for world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness. With internationally recognised research and teaching, Deakin ranked 213 in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This puts Deakin in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

What is next?

What is next?

During the programme, a thematic discussion takes place, involving key academics from both universities. Businesses and Sustainable Growth is the topic of this year’s conversation, focussing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the impact of these on business, showcasing the outcomes of the project and learnings of what else we can do to make a difference. This is a public engagement event, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 9 November 2022 [09:00-10:00 GMT]. Details on how to register to attend will be announced in October

Copyright @ University East Anglia 2021 Students on the 2019 programme meeting David Richardson, UEA Vice Chancellor

Copyright @ University East Anglia 2021 In-person team building exercise from 2019

Copyright @ University East Anglia 2021 2020 Work Integrated Learning programme virtual finale