MentorMatch Sprint Announcement - Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance

Mentorship for International Student Success: An Investigation of MentorMatch

MentorMatch has been selected to participate in the Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance. This will see their solution tested at La Trobe University in Victoria, and Acsenda School of Management in Canada.

EduGrowth and Global Victoria have officially selected MentorMatch for the Innovation Sprints, as part of the Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance. 

The aim of this program is to enhance the global reputation of Victorian EdTech and education, and provide an example for the Australian EdTech ecosystem of the opportunities available when this testbed model is implemented. 

The Alliance will see the selected Innovation Sprints deploy Victorian EdTech solutions both in Victorian and international education institutions and schools. Over 26 weeks, the Sprints will be overseen by an independent researcher appointed to endorse the Sprint testbed design and validate the efficacy of the solution being trialled.

All 9 of the chosen Innovation Sprints exhibit a clear alignment with the Alliance objectives and are committed to transforming teaching and learning experiences around the world. 

MentorMatch Innovation Sprint

This Sprint will test the hypothesis that providing experienced, qualified, mentors, at scale through an EdTech platform, during an international student’s studies, will fill the void of not having social and professional networks in the foreign country. When an international student studies abroad, they leave behind a wealth of social and professional networks that would otherwise be used to prosper socially and secure employment in their field of study. 

The solution will be deployed at La Trobe University in Victoria, and Acsenda School of Management in Canada.

About MentorMatch

MentorMatch is a partnership between Outcome.Life, Rotary Districts of Victoria and Study Melbourne. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, MentorMatch recommends the most suitably experienced & qualified Rotarian mentor for international students. Mentee and mentor then participate in a structured mentorship program, tailored to suit the individual needs of each student.

MentorMatch facilitates the assimilation of international students into Australian social and business communities by expanding the international students’ social, community and professional networks. MentorMatch boosts student confidence to connect with these communities, and above all, helps to bridge any cultural differences whilst studying here in Australia.

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About La Trobe University

La Trobe University is a public research university with 7 campuses across Victoria and New South Wales. The university holds a 5-star QS rating for world-standard facilities, teaching and research, as well as innovation, inclusiveness and internationalisation.

The university is home to the Innovation & Research Precinct, and is set to open the Digital Innovation Hub. The Digital Innovation Hub, will connect La Trobe and its technology partners with businesses to improve their processes, products and services through the use of digital technologies and development of digital workforce skills.  The Hub will provide businesses of all sizes with access to computing and network platforms and technologies to develop, test and take advantage of digital solutions to support their business growth.

About Acsenda School of Management

Acsenda School of Management is a private post-secondary institution located in Vancouver. The school offers undergraduate degrees in both business administration and hospitality management.

With students from over 43 different countries, Acsenda prioritises the global job market at large, adapting the curriculum to prepare students for the international business climate.

The Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance program is funded by the Victorian Government as part of the $3.6 million International Research Partnerships program under the International Education Short-Term Sector Recovery Plan.

For more information about the initiative visit Global Victoria EdTech Innovation Alliance.