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Conference explores world of possibilities for students

Posted: June 20, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Ken Steele is one of the speakers at the 2016 CBIE Western Regional Conference at the U of R, examining emerging trends and innovation for higher education.
Ken Steele is one of the speakers at the 2016 CBIE Western Regional Conference at the U of R, examining emerging trends and innovation for higher education. Photo courtesy of Tom Cochrane

“A world of possibilities” is the theme of a major conference coming to the University of Regina.

Led by UR International, the conference is bringing together over 100 representatives from Canadian and international universities, colleges, institutions and school boards to learn, share and discuss strategies, challenges and new developments in the area of International Education.

The 2016 Canadian Bureau for International Education Western Regional Conference takes place June 23 and 24.
 
The keynote address will be delivered by Ken Steele, Canada’s foremost expert on trends and innovation at universities.

“I’ll be speaking about trends in higher education internationalization and the challenge of being a small fish in a big pond. It’s tough to get visibility, awareness. Tough to outmarket larger competitors,” says Steele who is the co-founder of the Academica Group. “Sometimes the best solution is collaborative, through a regional or national association or a special interest group of like-minded institutions.”

The conference features an impressive array of educators with a broad range of expertise relating to international education.

The conference, spanning more than ten professional sessions, round table discussions and information updates will feature delegates and speakers from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia as well as international counterparts from India and Mexico.

Topics covered will explore successful strategies to help small and mid-sized universities and colleges to be more effective in the global arena, particularly in the area of international student recruitment, retention, student and faculty mobility, and inter-collegial programming. It will also offer insights into key findings and policies related to Canadian immigration and the overview of the current status and future goals for Canadian International Higher Education.

The University of Regina has made great strides in attracting and retaining students from around the world.

Since 2010, international student enrolment has increased 94 per cent. The University of Regina’s fall enrolment statistics indicated nearly 2,000 students – 13.7 per cent of the student population – are international.   

“We’re proud of the strides we have made in attracting and retaining students from around the world. However, we also want to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our students,” says Livia Castellanos, Director of UR International. “This conference allows us to exchange ideas with our colleagues from across Western Canada, whether it’s in areas of recruiting international students or offering our domestic students study opportunities overseas.”

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is a national, nor-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization dedicated to international education.

Event:     2016 CBIE Western Regional Conference: “A World of Possibilities”
When:     June 23 & 24
Location: University of Regina
 
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