Via nautically impressed convention strands, CICan indicated the hybrid occasion this yr was supposed to assist chart a post-pandemic course by fostering connections between establishments of upper schooling, each throughout Canada and worldwide.
The PIE was in attendance at CICan and heard from myriad attendees concerning the impression of these collegial connections and conversations.
Consistent with the convention theme, Diego Sanchez, director of Worldwide Affairs at Languages Canada, likened language schooling as “being the port of entry for worldwide college students aiming to enter school and institute applications”.
Languages Canada’s Commerce Missions to Brazil and Mexico, and future plans with Japan and Colombia, are strategically diversifying markets, he mentioned.
Certainly, future planning was a prevalent theme at CICan, with the convention committee asserting that this yr, “connections will give attention to navigating anew on this quick ahead future”.
In a panel dialogue about what the way forward for worldwide schooling could maintain, Stephany Codd, supervisor of Communications & Donor Relations at Mild Up the World, Filipe Ferreira, Norquest School’s Internationals Initiatives officer, and Bow Valley School’s supervisor of World Engagement, Tahira Ebrahim, mentioned the concept digital mobility is probably going right here to remain.
“There may be nonetheless some hesitancy to go overseas”
“There may be nonetheless some hesitancy to go overseas,” advised Codd. “So, we have to present choices post-Covid.”
Underscoring the impression of worldwide schooling on the atmosphere, Ferreira advised, “integrating digital mobility is being conscious of the carbon footprint”.
Ebrahim highlighted the rise in digital trade choices as a way of democratising worldwide alternatives for college students. “The added stage of agility is reflective of the place we’re headed,” she argued, indicating the necessity for youth to be effectively outfitted with each digital and face-to-face collaborative abilities.
The panellists have been additionally requested how organisations would possibly enhance the interpretation of information from worldwide experiences to utilized world citizenship.
“By continually reflecting on what we offer,” answered Codd. “In order that it’s not a one-off journey. In order that the work is sustainable, and that the beliefs of worldwide citizenship stay inside the college students.”
Ebrahim additionally emphasised the significance of reflection in addition to having deliberate conversations with a number of stakeholders on construct world improvement throughout an organisation. She suggested focus teams to think about two questions, “What does world citizenship appear to be and the way will we measure it?”
“We have to have built-in institutional discussions if we wish [the ideals] to be a part of the campus tradition,” she added.
With over 1,500 attendees, and greater than 50 studying and improvement classes, the CICan Convention was ripe with conversations across the subject of navigating the way forward for worldwide schooling. From strands comparable to Governing the Vessel, Charting Educating and Studying, Steering Innovation, and Mapping Sustainability, many contributors, presenters, and exhibitors alike engaged in conversations over the three days, about navigating the tough waters of the pandemic and the hopes of easy crusing forward.
“This was one of many first in individual conferences in Canada since 2019,” Christine Wach, director of Consumer Partnerships, North America IDP Join instructed The PIE. “It was wonderful to satisfy colleagues and leaders from throughout the nation and all over the world once more in lovely Halifax.”
Likewise, Erez Van Ham, chief progress officer at M Sq. Media proffered, “After so many digital occasions it was nice to see so many buddies in Halifax on the CICan convention. I sense an actual optimistic sentiment in direction of progress by means of innovation.”
- See photographs from the convention right here.