Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our success over the past 12 months.
Here are some of the highlights of 2018:
Our Annual Conference in Ottawa was the biggest yet with almost 950 delegates from 39 countries and delegates engaged in 75 sessions. We had 35 exhibitors present with 10 countries represented. We are now actively planning for CBIE 2019 in Winnipeg!
International Student Survey
This year we ran our international student survey and received over 14, 000 student responses from 46 member institutions across Canada. We developed a Research in Brief paper and short video to present the major findings from the survey.
2019 Pre-Budget Consultations
In August CBIE provided a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation. This submission was called Nurturing Global Leaders – Boosting Canada’s Competitiveness The case for young Canadians studying abroad. CBIE believes that learning abroad is a prerequisite to both individuals’ success and Canada’s future fortunes and that the next generation of Canadian leaders will require intercultural skills to excel in tomorrow’s inter-connected world. That will require coordinated action and strategic investments across all sectors, including the federal government.
Study Tour for the Republic of Indonesia
In April, we hosted a Study Tour of Higher Education Institutions for the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia. The study tour was in Toronto and included approximately 34 senior officials from the Ministry’s Centre for Education and Vocational Training. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the Canadian Higher Education system with a focus on programs offered in sectors of interest to Indonesia such as manufacturing, automation, food science, fashion and textile, animation, arts and design.
Launching Economic Achievement Program for Women (LEAP) in Jordan
CBIE is the lead consortium partner of this program funded by Global Affairs Canada. We manage this technical assistance project in partnership with our member, Ryerson University and a Jordanian NGO, INJAZ.
This project has created and now operates a business incubator that houses a program which provides young, women-led companies with mentorship, skills development and connections to markets and clients. It is our hope that by the end of programming more than 30 female-founded companies will benefit from Leap’s interventions.
LEAP has also spearheaded a gender analysis and revision of six entrepreneurship programs/courses at the high school and university level and launched the development of two new innovative courses. These courses will reach over 25,000 students by the end of the project.
Agreement with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the Philippines
In July and August the second career/adult learning training program was delivered to two groups of 20 select faculty members from HEIs in the Philippines. The training was offered in collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).
International Scholarships Program (ISP)
In December we launched the second Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) competition for the 2019-2020 academic year. This program offers scholarships to students from member countries of the Association of South-East Nations (ASEAN).
The ELAP Collaboration Mission seeks to develop stronger ties in education. A delegation of 16 senior officials from Latin America and the Caribbean took part in this mission that had a focus on agriculture and water treatment. The delegation visited 8 higher education institutions in 3 provinces: cities: Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.
International Collaboration Missions
In April CBIE led a mission to Norway as part of our International Collaboration Mission Series, in cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. Cities visited included Oslo and Bergen.
At the beginning of December a second mission to Chile took place; organized in cooperation with the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (CRUCH), LearnChile and the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education, the five-day collaboration mission included visits to Santiago, Valparaíso and Temuco.
We are happy to report that CBIE’s institutional capacity development efforts through the Global Affairs supported Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine (QALA) Project will continue for another year. The project provides targeted Canadian technical assistance to support the implementation of the legal aid system in Ukraine. To date over one million people from vulnerable groups in Ukraine, such as people with low income, people with disabilities, internally displaced people from the conflict zone in the Eastern part of the country and many others have directly benefitted from the improved access to justice.