President Pantić to Participate in World Co-op Conference in Japan

July 23, 2015

President Zorica Pantic - Wentworth

President Zorica Pantic

Wentworth President Zorica Pantić will travel to Japan in August to participate in the WACE World Conference on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (CWIE) hosted by Kyoto Sangyo University.

A member of WACE’s executive committee, Pantić will moderate the Aug. 20 session titled, “Towards a New Stage of CWIE: Global Challenges and Opportunities.” The panelists are: Keiko Saito-Miyakawa, president, NPO WIL, and executive director, the WACE Japan Office; Kathryn Carter, vice president for Graduate & International Affairs and Strategy, University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Sampan Silapanad, vice president, Western Digital (Thailand), and co-chair, WACE Board of Directors; and Maurits van Rooijen, CEO and rector, London School of Business, and finance co-chair, WACE Board of Directors.

“This gathering,” said Pantić, “is an opportunity to build new partnerships and friendships, and to speak—on a global platform—not only about Wentworth’s tremendous success with co-operative learning, but also its leadership in engineering, technology, design, and management education.”

Wentworth’s cooperative education program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Pantić said the program’s focus on providing real-world experience has been a “major factor” in students’ career success—reflected in high placement rates and high starting salaries. A survey of Wentworth’s Class of 2014 shows that 99 percent of Wentworth graduates were either employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.

According to Robbin Beauchamp, the institute’s director of Cooperative Education and Career Services, 42 percent of those students received a job offer from their co-op employers. The starting salaries of Wentworth’s graduates are among the top 10 private schools in the New England region.

The World Council and Assembly on Cooperative Education was renamed The World Association for Cooperative Education in 1991 and merged with the National Commission for Cooperative Education (NCCE) in 2010. The members of WACE Board are college and university presidents, educational specialists and employers from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the United States and United Kingdom. Pantić has served on the NCCE board since her arrival at Wentworth.

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