Queen's University

Educators benefit from cross-campus collaboration

 
2012-06-07
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis is the keynote speaker at the International Educators Training Program summer institute.

A unique program offered in collaboration between the Queen’s Faculty of Education and the International Educators Training Program (IETP) provides professionals with comprehensive training to help them navigate the rapidly expanding and complex field of international education.

“Most people come to this field from different backgrounds and are often looking for specific training that will help them advance,” says Alison Cummings, IETP coordinator. “The summer institute and the certificate program offer a holistic understanding of the field and the practical skills needed day-to-day on the job.”

The Certificate for International Education Professionals requires participants take two face-to-face courses at the IETP summer institute, hosted by the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), and four online courses. Courses topics include: advising and programming for incoming international students, and outbound students; working more effectively in an intercultural workplace; managing international education programs; and curriculum design for international service-learning.

“The success of IETP reflects the strong need of international education professionals to better understand the dynamics of learning programs and student support services in intercultural settings,” says Cal Bowry, coordinator of Professional Studies in the Faculty of Education. “Our partnership with IETP is an example of how the Faculty of Education’s knowledge and distance learning infrastructure can support unique educational programming opportunities and encourage cross-campus collaboration.”

The Queen’s IETP summer institute, now in its tenth year, is renowned across Canada for its excellence in international education training. The program has grown from hosting about 40 participants in its first year to 180 participants in recent years. It also offers off-site training, most recently to a group at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

This year, the IETP welcomes back Wade Davis as its keynote speaker. Dr. Davis, who spoke at the IETP inaugural summer institute in 2003, is an ethnobotanist, anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

The IETP summer institute runs June 10-15.

 

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