Student Leadership Summit
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History of the SLS
The 2018 ITEANZ Student Leadership summit is a scaled version of the SLS model that Student Chapters of the Institute of Transport Engineers (ITE) initiated in North America in 2012. These summits provide forums for students to practice presenting their research projects, learn about the profession; and network with their peers and professionals. Students and professionals alike have hailed the SLS initiative in North America as a success, in terms of engaging and elevating young leaders in the transportation profession.
Laura Aston, Chair of the ITE-ANZ SLS, recently travelled to Minneapolis to attend the ITE Annual Meeting and Northwestern Districts Student Leadership Summit. Read about her experience in this article.
Laura shares the ITE-ANZ SLS plans with students at the SLS in Minneapolis
It is now time to extend this opportunity to future industry leaders in Australia. While the 2018 summit targets students at Victorian Universities, the ITEANZ is treating it as a pilot with a view to extend the initiative to students across Australia and New Zealand in subsequent years.
The long-term vision for the ITEANZ SLS summits are that they will:
- Foster future transport industry leaders;
- Provide and engaging forum for students; and
- Promote interdisciplinary and interstate connections.
In order to foster future transport industry leaders, the conference is designed to:
- Facilitate discussion on current issues and trends in the transport industry,
- Inspire passion and enthusiasm for pathways in the transportation profession; and
- Provide development opportunities for students through interaction with current professionals.
Furthermore, the conference will provide an engaging forum where students can:
- Meet like-minded students from other universities, disciplines and geographies,
- Present research and project work and receive constructive feedback,
- Pitch unique perspectives and ideas on current issues, providing professionals with new angles for discussion; and
Enjoy interacting in a supportive and unique environment typically not extended to undergraduate students