Toronto, Ontario – Today, Humber College and Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT) announced a new exchange program launching in spring 2018. The announcement was made by Jia Xingdong, the President of SZPT and Alister Mathieson, Humber’s Vice President, Advancement and External Affairs, alongside Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of International Trade, who are currently on a two-week trade mission to China and Vietnam. Through the new exchange program, students in select School of Media Studies and Information Technology programs can earn credit and build their global network by completing two weeks of intense study at each institution.

The Premier and Minister also met with Chinese and Canadian students to hear first-hand about the unique experiential learning opportunities offered at Humber and the benefits of pursuing a polytechnic education. As part of a class project, Humber film degree students traveled to Shenzhen to work with faculty and SZPT students to produce a documentary about a fall 2017 lecture tour by Dashan, an entertainment icon in China. In partnership with Humber International and the college’s renowned School of Creative and Performing Arts, Dashan has been touring postsecondary campuses in China speaking about the cultural similarities in comedy in China and Canada.

“Providing students with international education opportunities is a key part of Humber’s approach to preparing students for success in a fast-paced, evolving global economy,” said Alister Mathieson, Humber’s Vice President, Advancement and External Affairs. “Our new exchange program with Shenzhen Polytechnic will give Humber students the opportunity to receive specialized training at home and abroad, and to broaden their horizons and cultural understanding.”

“Business missions like this one help to build collaborative partnerships between Ontario and China’s world-class academic institutions,” added Premier Kathleen Wynne. “By creating opportunities for our students to connect with each other and gain international experience, we can open doors to advances in technology and innovation that create jobs and opportunities for people. Supporting partnerships like this one and increasing the number of STEM graduates by 25 per cent is part of Ontario’s commitment to making sure our students continue to have the tools they need to succeed in a knowledge economy.”

The new exchange program builds on Humber’s existing partnership with Shenzhen Polytechnic, one of China’s leading polytechnic institutions. Humber’s faculty members were instrumental in helping Shenzhen Polytechnic develop its digital media program and SZPT engineering and information technology professors will be traveling to Humber next month to participate in training on competency-based and hands-on project learning. Joint applied research projects designed to provide industry with Canadian and Chinese technical expertise and perspectives are also planned.

The Humber-Shenzhen Polytechnic partnership is one of the College’s many examples of global leadership in polytechnic education that spans all corners of the globe. Humber has more than 5,000 international students enrolled and approximately 600 students will embark on study abroad opportunities this academic year to Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia. 

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