NC’s growing international department has a new home at the Welland Campus. The expanded 8,000 square-foot centre was officially unveiled during a special ceremony May 15.
The new centre will be named the Segal International Centre, in honour of the Segal family, who are long-time supporters of Niagara College, and owners of guard.me, a leading international student insurance provider.
The new facility is located on the first floor of the Simcoe Building, and is designed to accommodate NC’s growing international enrolment and activities. The Segal International Centre will provide a one-stop service experience for NC’s more-than 1,700 international students. The open-concept design features a reception and service area that will include international admissions, housing and financial aid services, along with offices and work space for staff and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and international development projects.
“This expansion was driven by the significant growth of our international enrolment, and our efforts to expand the international learning opportunities that we offer our students,” said Sean Kennedy, vice president of student and external relations. “The Centre’s design follows our centralized-service model and reflects our desire to provide excellent service that supports our students’ satisfaction and success.”
The Segal International Centre name recognizes a $500,000 contribution from Keith and Sharon Segal, along with their years of support for Niagara College scholarships and learning resources. The Segal’s donation will support scholarships, international learning opportunities and educational resources.
“Through their significant support, Keith and Sharon Segal have provided a world of opportunity for our students to pursue and realize their dreams,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “The Segal International Centre will stand as a symbol of their generosity and commitment to our students’ success.”
“Niagara College shares our recognition of the value of international education and a strong commitment to students,” said Keith Segal, president and founder of guard.me Insurance. “Our family has been very proud to support Niagara College and its students over the years, and it gives us great pleasure to have our name associated with its new International Centre.”
NC has seen its international enrolment climb from 1,200 students in 2010 to 1,768 students from 68 different countries. The College’s strategic plan for 2013-2016 calls for increased growth in international enrolment, and expanded opportunities for students to study and work abroad.
Welland Mayor Barry Sharpe, who attended the unveiling, noted NC’s growing international enrolment, and the positive economic and cultural benefits that international students bring to the community.
“While the growth of Niagara College’s international enrolment has an obvious positive economic impact in Welland, I think the cultural benefits are equally important,” said Welland Mayor Barry Sharpe. “These are students who come to Welland from around the world to study, and through their influence in our homes, restaurants and shops, they connect our city with the many places they call home.”