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November 22, 2021

Opportunities and access unlock potential

The long-anticipated Global Skills Opportunity is officially here, and it’s making international learning experiences more accessible to Canadian post-secondary students! In numbers: Over four years, 54 colleges and institutes and 56 universities will implement a total of 124 GSO-funded projects in collaboration with international partners in over 100 countries.

  • More than 16,000 Canadian students – especially those for whom such experiences have traditionally been less accessible – will acquire the global skills employers want and the Canadian economy needs!

What better way to wrap up International Education Week than a look at some of these new opportunities?

  • At Selkirk College and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, students will have opportunities to work alongside local professionals in nursing and human service fields like gender-based violence prevention and community health outreach programs in Jamaica and in Uganda.
  • At Sault College, I’M SIENT (International Mobility Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs) will pair Indigenous students and faculty with their counterparts at Universidad Polytechnic Yucatan.
    • There, participants will learn about Yucatan Indigenous cultures and apply knowledge in real-life ecosystems with Indigenous entrepreneurs in the region!
  • Northern Lights College will be leading a project that brings together five northern institutions from BC, Yukon, and Northwest Territories to create and deliver international study and work experiences.
    • The project will contribute to global engagement in northern communities and emphasize Indigenous education in countries like Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil, Finland, and New Zealand!
  • At BCIT, the International Connections for Digital Transformation project will enable students to gain skills and knowledge related to data analytics, Internet of Things, and remotely-piloted systems in partner countries abroad.
    • Students will also learn how the similarities and differences in technology adoption can transform environments and cultures.
  • At Cégep de Rimouski 144 students will be able to participate in intercultural experiences in three streams (international cooperation, introduction to research, or health-related internships) in one of seven safe and non-traditional destinations!
  • North Island College is expanding its study abroad options to support customized, student-centered, versatile, and sustainable place-based learning. Students will have the opportunity to learn in their communities and take local learning internationally to explore social, economic, and environmental sustainability!
  • Students at Marine Institute in Newfoundland will gain important global competencies and be better prepared to succeed in sustainable ocean industries through both virtual programming and experiential immersion in the Caribbean blue economy.
  • At Collège Montmorency, new bursaries will support more diversity in international experiences. In particular, Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and low-income students will be able to participate in international experiences that align with their career aspirations and learning needs.
  • At NAIT, students will have the opportunities to learn intercultural competencies working on a clean-energy project in a rural, off-grid community in Peru.
    • On site, students will work alongside locals to bring energy access to people in need by installing solar photovoltaics, energy storage, and LED lighting!
  • And at New Brunswick Community College, Bridge the Ocean will provide new opportunities for students to participate in learning, teaching, and training activities abroad in the fields of Hospitality and Green Construction.
  • Explore all 124 GSO-funded projects.

In an increasingly globalized world, study and work abroad programs are invaluable learning experiences that ensure students are culturally literate, resilient, adaptable, and ready to succeed. With Universities Canada, our new national mobility program is here to make that a reality!

Last chance: Awards of Excellence!

Nominate your colleagues and your institution for our Awards of Excellence and recognize their leadership and contributions in ten categories! Brand new this year: nominate your institution for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Excellence in Global Engagement! Deadline: November 26.

  • Gold recipients in each category will receive a $1,000 prize courtesy of TD Insurance and a complimentary registration to the CICan 2022 hybrid Connection Conference, online and in Halifax!

Conference 2022: Get ready to Navigate Anew

Raise the anchor; set course and set sail! Our Connection Conference is back, and the tides have changed. Register now and mark your calendars for April 25-27, 2022. 

Post-secondary leaders are Navigating Anew in areas like governance, teaching and learning, sustainability, the economy, and innovation, working to steer our institutions in the right direction.

  • What to expect? Our Connection Conference is the largest event of its kind in Canada. This year’s will be a hybrid event, which means we will be welcoming participants online and in person in Halifax!
  • 1500+ participants, 50+ live and recorded sessions, and 100+ speakers from Canada and around the world, innovative and engaging keynote speakers, and thought forums on critical issues facing post-secondary education.
  • NEW: Engage one-on-one or in small group conversations in the new Connection Zone!

This is your next port of call. Don’t miss it!

LIVE: Are we moving the needle on climate change?

Episode 2 of Perspectives LIVE airs November 24! Climate change is no longer a looming threat but a reality that is very much upon us. To move the needle, we need concrete commitments with measurable outcomes. Is the race to net-zero a race we can win?

New opportunity! Nominate an Indigenous student for one of four new bursaries

The new CICan Bird Construction Inc. and Paul Charette Bursary provides financial support to Indigenous college and institute students that demonstrate financial need and face challenges or barriers to participating in and completing post-secondary education. Four bursaries of $2,500 each are availableDeadline: December 20.

Student voices: Students share their experiences with two pilot programs

Imagine a program that reduces barriers to learning experiences and empowers participants to achieve their full potential. One that recognizes the varied pathways and different sources of knowledge to tailor training that meets the needs of learners of all ages, abilities, identities, and locations. What do you see?

Opportunity: Join the College Cannabis Consortium!

Is your institution a leader in cannabis education, training and applied research? The College Cannabis Consortium wants to hear from you! Submit a letter from your organization outlining your experience in cannabis education, training, and applied research; and how you envision contributing to the sector. Deadline: December 15.

The College Cannabis Consortium supports the advancement of the cannabis sector in Canada through education and training opportunities; access to facilities, technology, and subject matter experts; and applied research with SMEs across Canada. Contact Dr. Kari Kramp at Loyalist College for more information. This call is open to any college, cégep, or polytechnic within CICan’s membership!

  • The consortium currently includes NorQuest College, Okanagan College, Niagara College, Durham College, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Collège La Cité, and Loyalist College.

Opportunity: Provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education in Peru

Are you a technical expert? Our Pacific-Alliance Education for Employment team and the Ministry of Education in Peru need you! Deadline: December 17.

  • Help develop a competency-based training and distance-learning platform; and
  • Help establish a national network of digital fabrication and applied research laboratories in Peru to build stronger partnerships with local SMEs.
  • Questions? Join the information session: November 28. Contact Amélie Binette for registration information.

For TVET providers: Align your efforts with the WFCP

The first-ever global statement from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics calls on all providers of technical and vocational education and training around the world to coordinate an education, training, and skills offer that speeds up economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Red River College Polytechnic is now offering a new suite of microcredentials supporting reconciliation and relationship-building? The Indigenous Community Consultation and Engagement micro-credentials empower students to drive positive social change through relationship-focused engagement with Indigenous nations and communities and a deeper understanding of the diversity of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous sovereignty, policies, principles, and Treaty rights!


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