We are pleased to share that St Andrew’s College has established itself as a tertiary education provider. Over the summer break, the College ran an innovative Certificate of Cross-Disciplinary Problem Solving, which aimed to equip students will the skills needed to solve problems that matter. Students grappled with how to eliminate poverty in remote Zimbabwean communities, how to reduce shark attacks in Ballina, how to regulate drone flight in Australia, and so on. Students not only looked at problems through a business or public policy lens, but through multiple lenses: ethical, legal, psychological, and so on.
The 25 students selected for the course worked with some of Australia’s leading problem solvers, including Charlie Taylor (Chair of Council and former Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co), Robert McLean (former Dean of the UNSW Business School and Managing Director of McKinsey & Co), Eleanor Gammell (Councillor, former Managing Director of the School of Life and current Head of Programs at the Small Giants Academy), Ian Jackman (Councillor and Barrister) and Josh Dowse (Partner of Clarity Partners).
Students who responded to the course evaluation survey said that they found the Certificate of Cross-Disciplinary Problem Solving more enjoyable and intellectually stimulating than their university degrees, and were also unanimous in their view that they would enrol in another St Andrew’s College course or degree in the future. This positive feedback has spurred the College on to expand its course offerings.
We would be delighted to hear from alumni problem solvers who would be willing to participate in future iterations of the course.
Any questions about the program can be directed to Will Cesta, the Director of Education and Student Life: email@example.com