26. March 2019 - 14:00 till 15:00
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ITaLI Masterclass: Rapid Acculturation Mateship Program – rationale and ideas for scaling up a mateship program for international students | | Tuesday, 26. March 2019

About this Masterclass
The Rapid Acculturation Mateship Program (RAMP) aims to facilitate the adjustment of internationals students to UQ, Australia and the reciprocal learning of cultures. RAMP is a formal 19-week program connecting incoming international students (RAMP Participants) with domestic students (RAMP Mates). The main purpose of RAMP is to create positive contact experiences for both international and domestic students by facilitating rapid adjustment to UQ and Australia for international students and reciprocal learning of cultures for domestic students. The program involves organised workshops for domestic students, organised social activities, fitness programs and Brisbane based activities initiated by the RAMP team and Participants. The initial feedback is that RAMP Participants are connecting well with their RAMP Mates, they are gallivanting around Brisbane, and visiting places they would not visit themselves (including the local Mates who have lived in Brisbane for many years). Participants feel welcomed at UQ and it has “…helped me settle in the life at UQ.” International students are now the life-line of Australian Universities, as such, this is an important program to enhance the student experience of our first year under- and post-graduate international students. It also provides the opportunity for local UQ students and other UQ students the opportunity to mentor their peers for a 19-week period. There is no other mentoring program at UQ that provides both Mates and Participants such depth to learn from each other. 
Draft program

Introduction of RAMP
Theoretical rationale (motivation for RAMP)

Group discussion/role play


Description of program

Operationalisation


Findings

Improved acculturation
Cultural intelligence


Discussion

Group discussion how RAMP can be improved
How RAMP can be adapted to different faculties – if not already implemented



Presenter
Dr Andre Pekerti