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Diane Simpson, Dean,
International Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

An International Perspective

It has been an exciting year for internationalization at Humber.

This year, Humber was home to more than 3,800 international students from more than 100 countries around the world – and as this report will show, providing a high quality education for our increasingly diverse student body remains one of our key priorities. 

We continue to support the unique needs of our international students with activities and services designed to help them adapt to life in a new country, including trips, art exhibits, on-campus events and get-togethers. Many of these initiatives bring together international and study-abroad students with faculty and the wider Humber community, creating a truly intercultural learning experience for all.

In April 2016, we marked the 20th anniversary of the Humber-Ningbo program, which is our longest-standing international partnership.

Together, with other successful partnerships, including over a decade with the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality & Tourism (NKUHT), we have produced more than 1,500 graduates with highly valuable international experience.

Working with our international partners, we welcomed 20 government-funded students from Papua, Indonesia, and have also signed a similar agreement with the Bhutanese government. Our expanded outreach around the world, with potential new opportunities in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama, has certainly contributed to the richness and diversity of the Humber community.

The following pages will highlight some of our global successes over the past year and provide an update on the progress of our internationalization strategy. We are proud that so many students from so many countries have chosen to call Humber home. The institution is immeasurably enriched when education is approached from a truly global perspective, whether welcoming students here or encouraging international learning opportunities for our faculty, staff and domestic students.

Humber’s International Strategy

In May 2015, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning was awarded gold for Internationalization Excellence by Colleges and Institutes Canada. This award, in recognition of our efforts to include international activities in several aspects of the College’s strategic plan, reinforces the value of Humber’s Internationalization Strategy.

The Internationalization Strategy is a collaborative effort led by Humber’s Internationalization Committee, involving the entire Humber community, with the mandate to execute five critical objectives:

  • Goal 1: Recruit and support an increasingly diverse group of students from countries around the world.
  • Goal 2: Provide opportunities for students to study and complete work placements abroad.
  • Goal 3: Ensure Humber faculty and staff are equipped to support internationalization efforts across the campus.
  • Goal 4: Develop strategic partnerships designed to engage the Humber community in academic exchanges and collaboration.
  • Goal 5: Advance initiatives that create opportunities for faculty and students to contribute to international development.

We are creating a community of students ready for the global marketplace, supported by culturally diverse and aware faculty and staff, and programming that reflects our interconnected world. Students benefit from global perspectives and opportunities that will allow them to develop essential intercultural skills and become global citizens, prepared with the technical expertise and human understanding to contribute to international work environments and to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

Read on for featured activities under the five key objectives of the Internationalization Strategy in 2015-2016.