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Brock volunteers enhancing education across the globe

Brock Faculty of Education Instructor Mary Katherine Rose

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“Through an international partnership, members of the Brock community have been busy travelling the world offering their expertise to developing nations.

A handful of volunteers have taken advantage of the University’s connection to Academics Without Borders (AWB), a non-governmental, Canadian organization of which Brock International Services has been a member since 2016. With success stories now under its belt, the University is hopeful more participants will soon follow.

Among the helping hands that have travelled abroad is Faculty of Education Instructor Mary Katherine Rose (MEd ’06), whose lifelong passion for global health and education drew her to AWB.”

Read more of this article about our recent volunteers from Brock University.

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Centennial College devient le premier collège du Réseau d’USF

Universitaires sans frontières accueille le premier collège de son Réseau d’établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire canadiens. Le Collège Centennial rejoint ainsi 18 universités canadiennes vouées à l’édification d’un monde meilleur pour tous.

Le Réseau d’USF – formé d’universités et de collèges canadiens contribuant au développement mondial – est un regroupement d’établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire canadiens qui participent à la mission d’USF, soit travailler avec des universitaires bénévoles pour aider les pays en développement à renforcer les capacités de leurs établissements homologues afin de stimuler le développement endogène et d’améliorer les conditions de vie dans le monde.

Selon Greg Moran, directeur exécutif d’USF, « le Collège Centennial est un réel atout pour le Réseau d’Universitaires sans frontières ». « Quel plaisir d’accueillir comme premier collège ou institut polytechnique du Réseau un établissement investi de longue date dans des collaborations internationales couronnées de succès! »

« Les universités et collèges du Canada forment l’un des systèmes d’enseignement postsecondaire les plus solides et les plus réputés au monde », souligne Greg. « Grâce à USF, leurs homologues des pays à revenu faible ou moyen peuvent maintenant bénéficier de l’expertise et des connaissances plus que nécessaires de spécialistes bénévoles qui représentent tout l’éventail de ces remarquables établissements. »

En se joignant au Réseau, Centennial procure à ses professeurs la possibilité de proposer des projets qu’USF les aidera à réaliser avec des établissements partenaires du monde en développement. Ses professeurs profiteront également des partenariats qu’USF entretient déjà avec des établissements et des pays de toutes les régions du globe.

« Notre collège est résolument tourné vers l’international et c’est pourquoi nous sommes ravis de nous joindre à Universitaires sans frontières pour contribuer à l’amélioration des établissements d’enseignement des nations en développement », explique Ann Buller, présidente-directrice générale du Collège Centennial. « Notre philosophie est de transformer les vies et les communautés par l’apprentissage. Concrétiser cet engagement dans le monde en développement va donc pratiquement de soi. »

L’appartenance au Réseau donnera plus de visibilité au travail de Centennial, qui aura d’ailleurs accès à de nouvelles ressources pour poursuivre et coordonner son travail. Centennial et USF sont impatients de changer des vies, au Canada et ailleurs, en renforçant les capacités des établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire du monde en développement.


Qu’est-ce qu’Universitaires sans frontières?
USF est une organisation canadienne sans but lucratif qui travaille avec les universités des pays les plus défavorisés du monde, qu’elle aide à renforcer leur capacité de former les professionnels et les leaders dont ils ont besoin pour doter leur société de la durabilité à laquelle elles aspirent à juste titre. Pour ce faire, USF envoie des professionnels et des universitaires qui donnent leur temps pour réaliser des projets élaborés par les universités partenaires, qui visent donc les besoins les plus pressants des communautés locales.

Portrait du Collège Centennial
Créé en 1966, le Collège Centennial sert la zone est de la grande région de Toronto avec cinq campus et deux antennes. Il est reconnu pour l’exemplarité de son enseignement, le caractère novateur de ses programmes et ses nombreux partenariats. Le collège accueille chaque année 24 000 étudiants à temps plein et 20 000 à temps partiel, et est reconnu parmi les collèges publics du Canada pour la diversité de sa clientèle. Centennial offre plus de 250 programmes menant à un diplôme, un grade ou un certificat, en commerce, services à la communauté et aux consommateurs, technologie industrielle, soins de santé, arts médiatiques et transport.

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Canada’s academic community takes on the world

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Many highways going in different directions“In an age where many nations are turning inward, it’s more important than ever to reach across borders and build a better world. It’s with this mission in mind that a growing number of influential CEOs and post-secondary leaders are re-envisioning their goals to embrace the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Read more of this article featured in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on September 5, 2018.

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How colleges and institutes are building Canada’s brand and a better world

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Canadian flag flying on a flag poleMany Canadians are familiar with the essential work that colleges and institutes do in providing vocational training to support the demands of the labour market, but fewer might know about how these same schools are changing lives around the world through international partnerships. Over the past 40 years, Canada’s colleges and institutes have engaged in over 700 international projects to build a better world for all.

Read more of this article featured in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on September 18, 2018.

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Students reach beyond their institutions to spread education around the globe

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Man wearing knapsack standing in from of large apartment building“For many, offering on-campus tutoring services to students in Canada falls under a different category of support than sending these same students around the world to support partners in developing countries. But for Jamie Arron and countless students across Canada, these activities fall under a single mission…. ‘We believe, at their core, universities are about advancing education,’ says Arron. ‘While this of course means supporting students right on campus, we also believe it comes with a responsibility to work more broadly towards greater global equity in education. To be truly global citizens, we cannot just focus on recruitment of international students, but must also support the development of strong local educational institutions in partner countries.'”

Read more of this article featured in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on October 17, 2018.

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Spreading one of the world’s greatest post-secondary systems across borders

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Steps made of cement in the clouds“‘Our country is facing a challenge, and we think your school can help.’

This was the substance of what Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin heard in April of 2015, when he was invited by then-Governor General David Johnston to meet the visiting then-president of Peru, Ollanta Humala. Devlin, a retired Canadian Army commander, soon learned that Peru was facing a dual shortage of skilled production technicians in its economy and personnel in its military, the latter shortage stemming largely from the country’s decision to end conscription in 2010.”

Read more of this article featured in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on October 24, 2018.

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What internationalization means to three higher ed leaders

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“Mention the word “internationalization” to Canadian higher ed professionals and many will immediately think of international student recruitment. Others might think of the benefits that having more international students on campus can provide to campus culture and diversity, while others still might think about the need to create more study abroad opportunities for domestic Canadian students. Working in tandem with these significant aspects of internationalization, though, are the global collaborations that Canada’s forward-thinking institutions are engaging in with partners around the world.”

Read more of this article featured in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on September 13, 2018.

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How Canadian higher ed is building trust and improving lives around the globe

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“A farmer in his late forties winces as he pulls off his shoe, exposing the black and red colouring of a diabetic foot ulcer. The affliction has been plaguing him for months. He’s been to see a specialist several times, but to no avail. Instead of improving, the ulcer has only worsened.

It’s a situation Dr. Krystle Fraser-Barclay encounters often in her work at a clinic based in the urban centre of Georgetown, Guyana. Located along the northeastern coast of South America, Guyana is one of only three counties in the Americas that until 2015 did not offer any training for family medicine professionals. Primary care was delivered through a clinic-based system in which patients rarely met with the same doctor, and rarely for more than one health issue. A new mother, for example, would need one appointment for her postnatal care, another for her baby, another for other related sexual health testing, and so on. By comparison, more than 90% of primary health care delivered in Canada is done through family doctors.”

Read more of this article featured in Academica’s Today’s Top Ten in Higher Ed on July 26, 2018.

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Doctorat honoris causa pour notre ami Steven Davis

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On June 15, 2018, Carleton University honoured Steven Davis, founder of AWB, with an honorary degree.  Steven was recognized “for his valuable contribution to the promotion of higher education in developing countries and his distinguished academic career.” See his speech here or read his convocation address:

The Importance of Universities

Mr. Vice-Chancellor, Chair of the Board of Governors, graduands, honoured guests and friends, I would like to thank Carleton University for granting me an honorary degree. I regard the honor to be not just for me, but for those who worked with me at Academics Without Borders, a bi-lingual charity I founded in 2007 and ran for ten years.

Congratulations to all of you who are being awarded degrees today. You have just spent several years in one of the most important kinds of institutions in the world, a university. We take our universities for granted. I know I did until I started Academics Without Borders.

To see how important universities are, imagine that all of them closed. Life would go on as before, but only for a short time. As the doctors, teachers, scientists, engineers etc. retired there would be no one to replace them, since the universities educate these people. Slowly but surely life as we know it would grind to a halt. The hospitals and schools would close; the buildings and bridges wouldn’t be built or replaced; there would be no more cures for diseases and technological advances. It would become a very hard life. In fact, it would be unimaginable.

This is the sort of difficulty many developing countries face. They don’t have the experts and professionals to provide their citizens with basic public services and to assist in their development. There are universities through out the developing world, but they need and want help.

This is where Academics Without Borders comes in. AWB is a stand-alone Canadian charity whose mission is to assist developing countries improve their universities.

Here’s an example. Makerere University in Ethiopia, asked AWB for help in creating a residency program to train cardiologists. AWB sent two cardiology professors to the university on a fact-finding mission. The most startling part of their report was that in Ethiopia, a country of 100 million, there are only 12 cardiologists, all of them practicing in and around the capital. And there is only one very small residency program to train cardiologists for the country.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of mortality in Ethiopia. There, it does not just affect old folks like me, but young people like you. Consequently, many Ethiopians die young, unable to reach their full potential and realize their dreams. This lack of well-trained professionals is just one example among many throughout the developing world.

Let me say why I founded AWB. I was about to retire. However, I wanted to stay connected to university life, since I loved the forty years I spent teaching and doing research. I was thinking of volunteering for a charity that helped universities in the developing world. Much to my surprise, I found no such organization any where in the world.

I discovered that government aid agencies and the foundations which support the developing world concentrated on primary education and basic health. This was shocking. It is in post-secondary institutions where teachers and health workers are trained. You can’t improve primary education and basic health without-well-educated teachers and health workers. This led me to founding AWB.

I stepped down from directing AWB in October 2017. I left it in good hands and it is now the largest charity of its kind in the world that helps universities in developing countries.

Let me say something about developing countries. They are low income countries, many of whose citizens suffer from malnutrition, illiteracy, high infant and maternal mortality, and shorter life spans. Two billion people live in such countries, a quarter of the world’s population. But they don’t lack talented, dynamic, intelligent people who very much want to change their countries. My greatest pleasure at AWB was working in partnership with some of these people who I regarded to be my colleagues.

If you are not sure what you are going to do with your life, might I suggest that you consider working side by side with people in the developing world and help them realize their dreams for their countries. I did it for ten years and it changed my life.

Reprinted with permission from Steven Davis.

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May 29, 2018 – Volunteer Blog from Nepal

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PAHS (Patan Academy of Health Sciences) established a master’s program in Public Health last year, with a view to improving underlying health conditions across the country through public health programs. In 2016, I was generously funded by Academics Without Borders to work with PAHS colleagues on the curriculum. On this visit, now that the school is up and running, I am helping mentor junior faculty, review syllabi, write cases and teach classes. Since my wife is working on a medical humanities project with PAHS at the same time, we have the privilege of sharing the experience.

Read David Dunne’s blog about his trip to Nepal: “A Mysterious Addiction.”

 


David Dunne is AWB’s board chair. He is a Professor at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the Director of its MBA program. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Toronto. David holds a PhD in Management from the University of Toronto. With Unilever in the UK and Canada, he led a marketing division and was responsible for the success of several well-known consumer brands. He consults to organizations in the health care sector on innovation around customer experience. He teaches problem solving, innovation, and marketing to students and executives throughout the world and has won many awards for his teaching.

David has published in books, management journals, and national newspapers and magazines, and is often interviewed for television, radio, and newspapers on marketing and related issues. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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