A Global Education: Creating International Learning Opportunities for Canadian Students

The Conference Board of Canada, January 26, 2016
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When it comes to education, our post-secondary students tend to stay in Canada, opting out of opportunities to spend part of their education abroad. Canada lags behind fellow OECD countries where going abroad for part of one’s post-secondary education is almost a rite of passage. What is keeping Canadian students at home? And what can be done to encourage more students to become globally mobile?

Webinar Highlights

Join researcher Liz Martin as she discusses new research into this issue. Joining Liz will be Paul Brennan Vice-President, International Partnerships, Colleges and Institutes Canada. This session will explore international student mobility initiatives that aim to take Canadian students away from their home campuses and immerse them in foreign experiences. Liz and Paul will cover:

  • the benefits of education abroad;
  • the challenges for Canada and post-secondary institutions in achieving participation by students;
  • the roles for key partners, including industry and employers, in providing meaningful learning abroad opportunities;
  • lessons from institutional student mobility initiatives that leverage partnerships with other institutions; and
  • lessons from national initiatives that are linking student mobility to national education and foreign policy goals.

About Liz

Photo of Liz MartinLiz Martin is a Research Associate in the Industry and Business Strategy Group at The Conference Board of Canada. Her research focuses on skills and post-secondary education, including internationalization, PSE participation, linkages between PSE and secondary education, and the private post-secondary and skills training sector. Prior to joining The Conference Board, Liz worked for a Canadian firm supplying market research and program evaluation to a variety of public sector and not-for-profit clients, including a number of post-secondary institutions. She is a graduate of Carleton University (MA) and the University of Alberta (BA).

About Paul

Photo of Paul BrennanPaul Brennan currently holds the position of Vice-President, International Partnerships, at Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). CICan is the national association and voice for more than 130 public colleges, cégeps, institutes of technology and polytechnics in Canada who collectively reach 1.5 million learners per year in over 1,000 Canadian communities.

He is responsible for the development and administration of all of CICan’s international institutional partnership programs, such as the Education for Employment Programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean region, and the ADB funded projects to help countries in Asia to design and set up networks of colleges. He also leads CICan’s initiatives to support colleges in their international student recruitment efforts, as well as to convince and support more Canadian students to study and intern abroad.

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