Queen’s has released its first Comprehensive International Plan, aimed at supporting the university’s international efforts from 2015 to 2019.
The plan sets university-wide priorities for internationalization based on four pillars: international research engagement; international mobility; international enrolment management; and international at home.
“Internationalization is central to Queen’s academic mission and is a strategic priority for the university,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “The Comprehensive International Plan will help guide the university as it works to build further international learning opportunities and strengthen its academic and research partnerships around the world.”
Kathy O’Brien, Associate-Vice Principal (International), led the development of the international plan over the course of the past year; a process that included extensive consultation within the Queen’s community.
“There is clear enthusiasm for internationalization at Queen’s and I would like to thank the many faculty, staff, students and alumni who provided their insight as this plan developed,” says Ms. O’Brien. “The result is a plan that sets clear university-wide objectives that will enhance the wide range of international activities that are happening at the university.”
The specific objectives of the plan include increasing the number of high quality international undergraduate students to 10 per cent of the incoming class, growing research funding from international sources, building new academic collaborations with international partners, increasing the number of students participating in exchanges, and tracking international learning outcomes through the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Process.
“The plan is about building on our strengths and ensuring that Queen’s transformative student learning experience and research activities are enhanced through our international activities, programs and partnerships,” says Ms. O’Brien.
Queen’s University is deeply engaged internationally with strong academic and research ties around the globe. The university’s Bader International Study Centre in the United Kingdom provides unique international educational programs, while the university’s China Liaison Office works to builds relations with partner institutions, prospective students and alumni. Queen’s has more than 180 student exchange partners in more than 50 countries and numerous research partnerships around the world.