Comprehensive internationalization is a strategic, co-ordinated framework that integrates policies, programs, initiatives, and individuals to make universities more globally oriented and internationally connected, says Chris Busch, associate vice-president, enrolment, and the University’s senior international officer.
To support comprehensive internationalization, the University of Windsor is a member institution of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the national voice advancing international education by creating and mobilizing expertise, knowledge, opportunity, and leadership.
With membership, the University’s staff and faculty benefit from being part of an inclusive community of international education professionals across the full spectrum of education in Canada, including:
Community connection and leadership: Virtual Member Community Hub with more than 1,000 IE professionals nationwide, Professional Learning Communities, and leadership opportunities.
Professional learning and events: 20 per cent discount on the International Students and Immigration Education Program and discount of 20 to 30 per cent on webinars, events, and online courses.
Co-ordinated national voice: Support advocacy efforts to advance policy impacting international education in Canada, volunteer leadership opportunities on advisory committees, and access to the digital “Engage with Canada” toolkit.
Insights and resources: Access to curated resources on trends and perspectives, opportunities to participate in nationwide student mobility surveys, and exclusive access to student mobility data.
Global partnership network: Events to build partnerships with institutions and governments worldwide and opportunities to engage in international capacity-building projects.
“Faculty and staff can become involved with CBIE by creating an account to access resources, sign up for its newsletter, listen to a podcast featuring leaders and practitioners on timely international topics, participate in a workshop such as their upcoming anti-racism response training, or join a member community hub, café, or professional learning community,” Dr. Busch says.
“Connecting with colleagues to exchange ideas and share best practices with other Canadian institutions is key to advancing the University’s internationalization efforts.”