International Collaboration Mission Series

Our International Collaboration Missions forge deep connections between CBIE’s membership and a variety of international partners across a country or region.

In response to growing demand by CBIE membership for opportunities to develop new and nurture existing education partnerships in target countries, CBIE is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of international collaboration missions.

CBIE will draw upon its rich experience in mounting similar out-bound missions of Canadian post-secondary institutions to a range of countries and extensive international network as well as leverage its value-add as the only national association with an international education mandate representing the full spectrum of the Canadian education system.

CBIE will open doors for participating member institutions to senior level government officials (both foreign and Canadian), representatives of foreign higher education institutions, foreign education associations, K-12 schools (both locally operated and Canadian off-shore), as well as relevant international and locally-based non-governmental organizations and policy think tanks operating within the education sphere.

MISSION REPORT: CBIE in Cebu, Philippines

MARCH 19-24, 2019 | > SEE THE REPORT

What are the characteristics of the international collaboration missions?

The international collaboration missions will be multi-faceted and represent a holistic approach to education partnership development. Each mission will consist of three phases:

1. Pre-mission articulation of priorities
Engagement of participating CBIE member institutions in the activity will commence several months prior to the actual mission, with institutions working together with CBIE to identify strategic priorities and interests in collaboration with the target country. This up-front engagement will allow CBIE to plan an in-country program that is of direct relevance and importance for participating institutions thereby maximizing the benefits of the mission. Pre-mission information webinars will be conducted and informational briefing materials will be circulated by CBIE to ensure that participants are well-prepared for the mission.
2. International collaboration mission

CBIE member institutions will participate in a CBIE-planned and led one-week mission to a target country or region which will include a range of activities with key stakeholders including, but not limited to, the following:

  • roundtable discussions/workshops to give prominence to the importance of the bilateral relationship on education;
  • one-on-one institutional visits that will allow institutions the opportunity to discuss partnership opportunities with other like-minded institutions in the target country;
  • meetings with senior level government officials to understand the educational context and government plans/priorities;
  • meetings with select K-12 schools to promote Canadian institutions as potential destinations for post-secondary education;
  • briefings and introductions to international financial institutions; and
  • consultations with leading experts and practitioners from international and locally-based non-governmental organizations and policy think tanks operating within the education sphere in the given country.
3. Post-mission report
CBIE member institutions will contribute intellectually to the production of a mission report which will capture the activities, findings, and lessons learned from the mission. This report will be produced by CBIE and widely distributed to ensure a broad dissemination of the mission outcomes and to contribute to the growing body of knowledge related to the bilateral relationship.

Who Can Participate?

Institutional representation on collaboration missions is determined based on the thematic area of focus of the mission.

Profiles of desired participants will be outlined in the initial call for expressions of interest in the country-specific collaboration mission.

CBIE international collaboration missions welcome the participation of institutions that are new to the potential market as well as institutions that may already have an existing presence. The diversity of experience allows for mentorship possibilities among mission participants.

What are the institutional benefits?

  • Expertise: Gain an in-depth understanding of the education context and market from various perspectives including government, academia, business, international and locally-based non-government organizations and international financial institutions;
  • Opportunity: Access unique opportunities to develop and nurture new and existing initiatives and partnerships, and enhance understanding of funding opportunities that may support such activities;
  • Peer connections: Connect with like-minded peers across Canada in a unique context, share professional experiences and good practice, and continue to connect post-mission;
  • Profile: Play a role in a pan-Canadian “Team Canada” education initiative that will profile the strategic importance of the bilateral relationship in education.
  • Enhanced internationalization: Leverage unique experiences and lessons learned gained through the mission as important contributions to the further development and implementation of institutional internationalization strategies.

How are the target countries selected?

CBIE will plan missions based on consultation with members and the existence of strategic relationships in the target country/region that will enable a productive program.

How much do the international collaboration missions cost?

The cost of the collaboration missions will depend on the duration and location of the mission and will be specified in the country-specific call for expressions of interest. The cost will include all in-country expenses (e.g. accommodation, local travel, translation, some meals). International travel, health insurance, and visas are not included in the cost.

Our Experience to Date

  • 2019: Colombia
    (In partnership with the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE) and the Colombian Association of Universities (ASCUN))
  • 2019: Philippines > See the Report
    (in cooperation with the Philippines Commission on Higher Education (CHED))
  • 2018: Chile > See the Report
    (in cooperation with Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (CRUCh), LearnChile and the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education)
  • 2018: Norway
    (in cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education)
  • 2017: Mexico
    (in cooperation with the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration)
  • 2016: Vietnam > See the Report
    (in cooperation with the Association of Vietnamese Universities and Colleges)
  • 2016: Philippines
    (in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines)
  • 2014: Brazil
  • 2014: Algeria
    (in cooperation with the National Conference of Algerian Universities)
  • 2012: Ukraine
    (in cooperation with the Union of Rectors of Higher Educational Institutions of Ukraine)

Join the growing alumni from past CBIE collaboration missions

“The CBIE … mission brought together a great mix of people from across the country who all shared a similar passion for teaching and learning, and showed them all the power of working together for the common Canadian good.”- Director, Saint Mary's University
“The CBIE mission … was brilliant in both its planning and execution. There was great value in meeting the participants from Canada and our many hosts in `{`country`}`. CBIE staff members did an incredible job to facilitate these connections.”- Chair of international and postgraduate studies, NorQuest College
“CBIE serves to create a space for meaningful international relationships to happen helping to establish a scholarly “bridge” between institutions, countries and cultures.”- Vice-President Research, University of Lethbridge
“The CBIE mission … was an outstanding way to meet some 50 major universities in six days and establish close relationships with a number of them. The human side of international work is most valuable”.- Acting Director, Centre for Ukrainian Studies, University of Manitoba
“We have committed to strengthening the diversity of our campus communities. These partnerships could be an excellent way to help enhance the cross-cultural competencies of our students, faculty and staff… `{`and`}` form part of an ongoing effort to expand international research, academic programming, staff and student mobility …”- Vice-Provost (International), University of Calgary
“CBIE missions provide an excellent opportunity for universities to connect with international schools, as well as create closer ties with other participating Canadian universities.”- Dean of Business, University of Regina