This spring, students in select School of Media Studies and Information Technology programs can earn a credit through a new exchange program Humber College is launching with Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT).
The program allows students to build their global network by completing two weeks of intense study at each institution–adding to Humber’s existing partnership with Shenzhen Polytechnic, one of China’s leading polytechnic institutions.
Having already created new pathways for Humber students in a growing economy, students in the film degree program had the opportunity to work with Humber faculty and SZPT students on a documentary about a fall 2017 lecture tour by Dashan, an entertainment icon in China.
In partnership with Humber International and the 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.
"It’s a great opportunity to dive deeper in a subject of their field of study, with the added benefits of being a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, project-based, learning experience that will allow them to accumulate skills and knowledge that are extremely valuable and sought after by employers," says Guillermo Acosta, dean of the School of Media Studies and Information Technology.
Wanting to learn first-hand about the unique and experiential opportunity, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of International Trade met with Chinese and Canadian students to learn what Humber offers its students and the benefits of pursuing a polytechnic education.
The Premier says these types of opportunities and partnerships increase the number of STEM graduates by 25 per cent in part of Ontario’s community to ensure students have the right tools to succeed in a knowledgeable and growing economy.
The Premier and the Minister are currently on a two-week trade mission to China and Vietnam where they recently announced the new exchange program with Alister Mathieson, Humber’s vice-president, Advancement and External Affairs and Jia Xingdong, the president of SZPT.
“Business missions like this one help to build collaborative partnerships between Ontario and China’s world-class academic institutions,” says 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.”
These experiences and a new partnership are one of the Humber’s many examples of global leadership in polytechnic education. Humber has more than 5,000 international students enrolled and approximately 600 students will embark on study aboard opportunities this year, including Humber’s newest project with SZPT.