Humber and the University of Toronto’s OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) brought more than 170 global participants together to explore possibilities and trends in higher education to shape a more sustainable future.

In this year’s SSFIHE (Shaping Sustainable Futures for Internationalization in Higher Education) conference, which took place on June 24 and 25, academic professionals, practitioners, policy makers and students engaged in discussions and workshops to explore quality, reciprocity and inclusivity in the internationalization of higher education.

The conference welcomed guests from across Canada and countries around the world, including India, South Africa, Hong Kong and Ireland and addressed current issues and opportunities associated with internationalization of Higher Education. The conference also discussed the measures that learning institutions can create to provide seamless transitions for those studying abroad, while also enhancing student learning experiences.

“For us, it is about creating opportunities for students (international and domestic) to share different perspectives, to engage in shared learning within their programs, and more importantly to learn from one another’s unique perspectives and backgrounds,” says Laurie Rancourt, Senior Vice-President of Academic at Humber College.

“This integrated approach is essential to institutional commitment and recognition to ensure quality programming and results for students, staff and faculty. Taking an integrated approach improves experiences for students, ensuring that activities are not one-offs but integrated into their curriculum and experiences at the institution.”

The two-day event featured keynote speakers and 35 sessions where presenters and facilitators fostered conversations in a variety of topics from international partnerships, to student mobility, indigenous voices in internationalization, national and regional approaches, and internationalization of higher education. 

The conference provided opportunities for conversations, discussions and connections for further deliberation – all touching on the essential themes of sustainability, quality and inclusivity. The conference aimed to foster conversations that emphasized the integrity of the roles conference attendees play in the internationalization of higher education. 

“Higher education has long been an area of international knowledge exchange with people and ideas crossing borders for hundreds of years. In the 21st century, internationalization in higher education has accelerated with significant increases in the worldwide flow of students, new branch campuses, franchised programs and double and dual credentials emerging in every corner of the globe. The pace and scale of contemporary international higher education internationalization is greater than anyone could have imagined,” says Rancourt.

To learn more about the conference, visit: https://www.ssfihe2019.ca