Academics Without Borders has welcomed Centennial College as the first college to join its Network of Canadian post-secondary institutions. Through its participation in the Network, Centennial now joins the ranks of 18 Canadian universities dedicated to building a better world for all.
AWB’s Network – Canada’s universities and colleges in support of global development – is a consortium of Canadian post-secondary institutions that support AWB’s mission, which is to work with volunteer academics to help developing countries build capacity at their post-secondary institutions to drive development and improve quality of life around the world.
“Academics Without Borders is extremely pleased to have Centennial College join its network of Canadian post-secondary institutions,” says Greg Moran, AWB’s Executive Director. “Centennial’s longstanding commitment and record of accomplishment in internationalization make it particularly welcome as the first college or polytechnic to join the Network.”
Greg adds, “Canada’s universities and colleges represent one of the strongest and most highly regarded higher education systems in the world. Through AWB, post-secondary institutions across the low- and middle-income regions of the world can now draw on the much-needed expertise and knowledge of volunteer expert faculty and professional staff from the full range of these remarkable Canadian institutions.”
Through its membership in the Network, Centennial will provide its faculty with the opportunity to propose projects for AWB support in conjunction with post-secondary partners in the developing world. These faculty members will also have special access to partnership opportunities provided directly by AWB through the organization’s existing relationships with institutions and countries across the globe.
“As an outward-looking college that has embraced internationalization, we’re very pleased to join Academics Without Borders in their mission to help developing nations improve their learning institutions,” says Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College. “We are committed to the vision of transforming lives and communities through learning. To be able to deliver on that pledge in the world’s developing regions represents the natural progression of our work.”
Membership in the Network will also provide Centennial with enhanced recognition for its international work, as well as new resources to support and coordinate this work. By building capacity at post-secondary institutions across the developing world, Centennial and AWB look forward to changing lives both at home and abroad.
About Academics Without Borders
Academics Without Borders is a Canadian nonprofit that works with universities in the most disadvantaged countries building their capability to educate the professionals and leaders essential to the strong societies they justly desire. AWB does this by sending professional staff and academics who donate their time to work on projects that originate with its partner universities, reflecting the most pressing needs of their communities.
About Centennial College
Established in 1966, Centennial College serves the eastern portion of the greater Toronto area with five campuses and two satellite locations. Its record is one of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. The college enrolls 24,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners annually, and is recognized as one of the most diverse public colleges in Canada. Centennial offers more than 250 diploma, degree and certificate programs in business, community and consumer services, engineering technology, health care, media arts and transportation.