Greg Moran, Executive Director of AWB, participated in a panel of experts on the topic of internationalization at a Sept. 9, 2019 event to support strategic planning at Carleton University. Carleton posted an article about the event on its website – read “Strategic Planning Speaker Series Explores a Global Perspective” here!
“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.
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.
“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.
“‘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.
“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.
Many 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.
“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.
“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.
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.