Activity centre Challenge 4 Change has become an official partner of a University of Manchester summer school for students from around the world.

The indoor teambuilding venue at Trafford Park will host participants in the first week of the United in Manchester programme, which will run from July 4 to August 4 this year.

They will spend a day at Challenge 4 Change undertaking activities designed to foster a team spirit and trust in others, as well as building self-confidence and self-esteem.

United in Manchester was conceived by Paul Cowell, a lecturer in new product development at the University of Manchester’s School of Materials.

The summer school will bring together students from Europe, the Americas and the Far East to work on concepts for new products that have the potential for commercialisation.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted participants from 11 countries and Paul says he expects the 2016 event will be bigger.

The 2015 participants devised a host of apps and web-based tools aimed at fellow students.

They included apps for car sharing, recipes based on ingredients that students have in their larders at any given time, and one linking students with others who require tutoring for certain modules.

Paul said: “We have been greatly impressed with the team-building activities at Challenge 4 Change and are delighted that the organisation has now become an official partner of United in Manchester.

“It will make a big contribution to the course by encouraging people from different disciplines and cultures to work together, which is something that modern employers require in this global industrialised world.”

Successful completion of the course counts for 20 University of Manchester credits towards the students’ degrees in their home countries.

Dave Djordjevic, chief executive of Challenge 4 Change, said: “We are delighted to become the official team pursuits partner for United in Manchester.

“The programme is a great initiative to promote collaboration and innovation among participants from across the globe.

“Our involvement will increase awareness of Challenge 4 Change in the higher education sector, both in the UK and overseas.

“We look forward to hosting the students participating in the 2016 United in Manchester summer school and to helping them to bond and learn the benefits of working together.”

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