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Christine Bilsland

  • Title: Ms
  • Position: PhD Student - Department of Marketing and Management

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  • Bilsland, C., Nagy, H. (2015). Work integrated learning in Vietnam: Perspectives of intern work supervisors. Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. 16/3. In press.
  • Bilsland, C., Nagy, H., Smith, P. (2014). Planning the journey to best practice in developing employability skills: Transnational university internships in Vietnam. Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. 15(2), 145-157.

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  • Bilsland, C., Nagy, H. (2014). Building capacity in transnational WIL environment : a qualitative inquiry with intern work supervisors in Vietnam. In Conference proceedings of the 2014 Australian Collaborative Education Network National Conference : Work Integrated Learning : Building Capacity, p.133-137. Springvale, VIC : Australian Collaborative Education Network.
  • Bilsland, C., Carter, L., Wood, L. (2013, December). Work Integrated Learning for business studies in Vietnam. Integrating Knowledge: The multiple ways of knowing Vietnam. 5th Engaging with Vietnam International Conference. Thai Nguyen, Vietnam.
  • Nagy, H., Bilsland, C., Smith, P. (2013). Exporting Work-Integrated Learning to Asian Environments. In Mandal, P. (ed). Proceedings of the International Conference on Managing the Asian Century, DOI 10.1007/978-981-4560-61-0_1. Springer Science + Business Media Singapore.

Student information

  • Purpose: Work integrated learning and transnational education both hold high importance in the current Australian higher education environment; however, research relevant to work integrated learning delivered in transnational education is undeveloped. My thesis therefore investigates work integrated learning from the perspectives of three stakeholder groups in an Australian transnational environment – Vietnam.
  • Findings: Preliminary findings from literature reflect a lack of connection between higher education and industry in Vietnam, and a mismatch of employability skills between what graduates demonstrate and what employers demand. Interviews with intern work supervisors indicate positive perceptions of work integrated learning, and willingness to collaborate with universities to deliver better skill outcomes.
  • Research limitations/implications: The results are limited in scope to Vietnam, and as qualitative results should not be considered conclusive.
  • Practical and social implications: Insight from findings is valuable for universities that must meet needs of students and other stakeholders in terms of authenticity of industry-related learning activities in the transnational higher education context
  • Keywords: Work integrated learning; transnational higher education; Vietnam