Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)

The ACEN is the professional association for practitioners and researchers from the higher education sector, industry, community and government representatives involved in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia.  Flinders University is an institutional member which allows any staff member to register at no cost, thereby providing you with direct access to:

  • National conferences
  • Webinars, symposiums and forums
  • Links to international research groups, networks and journals
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Research grants and student scholarships
  • Circulation of relevant papers and research
  • Advocacy on topical issues

If you are a Flinders University staff member, you can JOIN ACEN FREE HERE! As an ACEN member you will be joining the national leading network for WIL and thereby extend your opportunities to access and be a part of the ongoing development and research in WIL, both at a national and global level.  ACEN is a partner of the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) and has negotiated an arrangement whereby membership of ACEN automatically provides for concurrent WACE membership.

Innovative Research Universities (IRU)

IRU is a network of seven comprehensive universities conducting research of national and international standing. The IRU network has national reach, with an institutional presence in every mainland State of Australia and the Northern Territory.   The IRU have developed a range of practical tools to help business and industry engage with universities, to work together to develop Australia's future skilled workforce.  These tools can be accessed here.

Business SA

Business SA is the voice of business in South Australia.  Business SA assists organisations of all sizes to manage people and tackle the ISSes faced in today’s competitive business environment.  Since 2009, Business SA (through their membership of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) has been collaborating with Flinders University through Innovative Research Universities (IRU). The aim is to develop a framework for WIL which assists businesses and universities to engage efficiently and productively in the provision of WIL.