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Celebrating International Education Week

During International Education Week – Nov. 14-18 – the Gazette will feature several stories highlighting Queen’s international activities and priorities.

The Queen’s community joins worldwide celebrations Nov. 14-18 for International Education Week, an annual initiative that showcases the importance of international education and its significant impact on students and campuses around the globe.

“This week provides an occasion to celebrate, as a Queen’s community, our diversity and the multitude of international initiatives and collaborations we have available to our students,” says Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International). “Queen’s is looking past the borders of our Kingston campus and seeking different ways to provide our students with a variety of opportunities to help them shape their international experience while they are here.”

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) and the International Programs Office (IPO) have coordinated several events during International Education Week, which include:

Monday, Nov. 14:

Tuesday, Nov. 15:

Wednesday, Nov. 16:

Thursday, Nov. 17:

Friday, Nov. 18:

  • International Programs Office (IPO) 20th anniversary – 3-5 pm, IPO, B206 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
International students gather during orientation events in January 2016. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Queen’s launched its Comprehensive International Plan in August 2015 to support its internationalization efforts. The plan’s goals include strengthening Queen’s international research engagement and creating more opportunities for student mobility through academic exchange and study-abroad programs. The plan also aims to attract high-quality international students to Queen’s and to increase international educational opportunities on Queen’s campus.

In the past year, the university has seen the number of undergraduate students participating in international exchange increase by nine per cent, while the number of international exchange students on Queen’s campus increased by 22 per cent. Several new international collaborative academic programs were initiated, including a dual-degree opportunity at the master’s level through Smith School of Business, with ESSEC Business School Paris-Singapore, a dual research degree in chemistry at the master’s level with the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and a “2 + 2” program, which will see  undergraduate students from Beijing Normal University transfer to Queen’s for the final two years of their program in the field of biology.

For more information on International Education Week activities and other campus international initiatives, visit the International website.