From November 13-16, Humber College joined more than 100 countries in celebrating International Education Week. Humber hosted numerous programs and events to raise awareness of the opportunities and initiatives associated with international education at the college.
The celebration kicked off November 13 with a Global Learning Fair at Lakeshore Campus honouring the first pillar of the strategy, “Bringing the World to Humber.” Students had the opportunity to learn from Humber alumni who have studied abroad, and discover study-abroad destinations available to them.
Humber supports international students with organized field trips that highlight the history, traditions and culture of Canada. First semester international students can also join the Connect program, an initiative that pairs faculty members with students to help ease them through their transition to living and studying in a new country.
Mid-week, Humber celebrated pillars “Internationalization at Home,” and “Taking Humber to the World” by hosting the Festival of Cultures and the Non-Profit Marketplace. The Non-Profit marketplace, hosted by Humber’s International Development Institute (IDI) and Community Outreach and Workforce Development, featured organizations like Engineers Without Borders, GlobalMedic and the World Food Programme, and gave students an opportunity to learn how to get involved in the global community.
Humber participates in many global learning opportunities and partnerships, including the joint program with Nanjing Forest Police College in Nanjing, China. Humber hosted two visiting scholars and a delegation from the institution last year.
The last day of International Education Week programming focused on the fourth pillar of the strategy: “Globalization of Humber’s Polytechnic Identity,” and featured International Admissions Assessment workshop sessions for Humber staff that gave insight into the various steps involved in international assessment, including program requirements and grade conversions.
Humber has embraced this pillar in many ways. Humber’s IDI has partnered to implement the Kenya Education for Employment Project (KEFEP), to help Kenya transform its training programs to be more closely aligned with industry. Dr. Farzad Rayegani, dean of the School of Applied Technology, has been working alongside faculty from Kisimu National Polytechnic to develop a course that models Humber’s approach of having industry relevant curriculum and real-world projects.
The new Internationalization Strategy positions Humber as a global leader in polytechnic education, and focuses on creating a new generation of global citizens who will contribute to the social and economic development of society as a whole.