Toronto, Ontario – The International Development Institute at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning will be celebrating International Development Week with a series of events from February 7-10, 2017.

International Development Week (IDW) is an annual national initiative to encourage Canadians, especially youth, to learn more about and contribute to international development. This year’s theme, chosen in line with the Government of Canada, is Developing the World’s Youth: Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Employment, and focuses on the challenges youth face in finding employment. Globally, youth are strongly overrepresented among the unemployed, with total global youth unemployment reaching 73.3 million in 2014.

Humber will be hosting a variety of interactive workshops and panel discussions, enabling students, faculty, community leaders and the general public to learn how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world.

Events will include a photography exhibit highlighting the college’s Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy, a Global Affairs Canada-funded project that is advancing entrepreneurship in universities in Indonesia. The exhibit will also feature photos from Save the Children’s Youth in  Action program, which helps out-of-school rural African youth to develop entrepreneurial skills and explore livelihood opportunities.

On February 8, Ravi Karkara, senior advisor on Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy for UN Women, will facilitate a half-day training session in sustainable development goals (SDG), which will teach students about SDGs and how they are being implemented by local and international organizations.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 150 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit

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For more information, please contact:
Asha Gervan, Manager, Humber International Development Institute
416-675-6622 ex. 3301