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.
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.