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ACCC 2013 Internationalization Excellence Award Honours Successes and Collaboration of Centennial College

Penticton, BC, June 3, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today recognized Ontario’s Centennial College with its 2013 Gold Internationalization Excellence Award.

“Centennial’s commitment to internationalization has led them to embed principles of global citizenship into everything they do,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight. “This dedication, across all programs, has earned them a reputation as both a leader and an innovator.”

Centennial College’s efforts to internationalize have been ongoing since 2008. It founded its Global Citizenship and Equity Institute, publishes the Global Citizen Digest, and was the first Canadian college to join the United Nations’ Scholars at Risk Network. Centennial develops exchanges and partnerships to give Canadians experience abroad and offers programs to help international students succeed in Canada. It also collaborates with other colleges to help replicate this success.

The Silver Award for Internationalization was presented to Fanshawe College in Ontario for its investments in research, cultural training for employees and for quadrupling its international student population since 2008. Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) received the Bronze award for its community commitment, foreign education development and placement of Canadians abroad.

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions’ success and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.


For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director, Communications and Information Services
ACCC, Public Affairs
613-746-2222 ext. 3123