Co-operation and the exchange of ideas with those outside the academy are aspects of our policy that generate quality and are especially prioritised at University West. We become more influential by engaging with new, advanced knowledge shared with us by our partners. Placing this knowledge in the context of academic theories and methods brings about a continuing, ever-more-valuable exchange of ideas. WIL is our instrument for processing the basic knowledge that forms the foundation of any institution of higher learning. As a quality indicator, WIL signals the important force for development that the academy represents in a progressive society.
Students at University West receive high-quality support and guidance in order to achieve their academic goals. As citizens, they are particularly well prepared for long-term, engaged work in a flexible environment where life-long learning is a given.
WIL provides students with many opportunities to test their skills in an actual work setting. Placement periods/internships are one way to do this. We also offer many other forms of Work Integrated Learning, such as Co-operative Education, student employment, project work, field studies, and mentorship projects. WIL transcends the notion of a hierarchical order that places scholarly, theoretical knowledge above the knowledge and skills acquired in the workplace. There are many every-day learning situations in which it is normal and practical to work across boundaries, integrating various methods and approaches.
Through WIL, students at University West develop a special ability to move back and forth between the abstract and the concrete. They can in both the planning and the execution of a task make conscious, deliberative decisions. This demands independent thinking as well as the ability to see the possible consequences of various choices, do follow up, and evaluate the effects of one's actions.
In other words, WIL increases students' chances of achieving their academic goals since they acquire first-hand experience in the integration of relevant knowledge with its application, thus developing them as individuals. Indeed, University West graduates are well prepared for sustainable employment, which in turn offers a wealth of opportunities for personal development. In short, we turn out mature, active, democratic citizens, as called for by the European goals for higher education.