Internationalization and global partnerships focus of discussions at annual international education conference

CBIE conferenceThe Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) hosted its 49th Annual International Education Conference last week with Niagara College’s vice-president of international, Sean Kennedy, as chair of the conference’s advisory committee.

The annual conference engages international education professionals and stakeholders from around the world in specialized professional development workshops, networking opportunities and plenary sessions that underline the internationalization of education. Over 800 delegates from more than 40 countries, including representatives from Niagara College’s international division, attended this year’s four-day conference at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls.

“It was a pleasure working with CBIE organizers to create a showcase event that exposed guests to the incredible hospitality of the Niagara region and also Niagara College,” said Kennedy. “The conference provided a great opportunity for us to engage and interact with foreign partners, visiting delegates and peers from around the country.”

The theme for this year’s conference was “Global engagement: Crossing borders, connecting generations” and discussions touched on such issues as international recruitment, marketing and admissions, international student services and mobility and exchange. Niagara College saw an 18 per cent increase in international student enrolment this year with nearly 2,000 international students enrolled from countries including India, China, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia and more.

“Welcoming students from around the world into our classrooms is a key part of the internationalization process,” said Sean Coote, director of international. “It is equally important for our domestic students to have international travel experiences as they build their global competencies and become more world ready.”

The CBIE’s 50th Annual International Education Conference will take place in Ottawa.

Pictured above: Howard Slaney, NC manager of international recruitment and admissions with trade commissioner, Marie Angela Cachuela from the Embassy of Canada to the Philippines.

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