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Provincial minister calls new International Strategy ‘ambitious, critically important’

UToday HomeMarch 26, 2013

Fiona Rumohr offered a student’s perspective on an international experience in education as she spoke to the audience at the Rosza Centre on Monday, March 25. Photo by Riley BrandtFiona Rumohr offered a student’s perspective on an international experience in education as she spoke to the audience at the Rosza Centre on Monday, March 25. Photo by Riley BrandtAlberta’s minister of international and intergovernmental relations described the University of Calgary’s new International Strategy as “ambitious and critically important” during a campus reception held Monday.

“Alberta is at a critical juncture in which government, industry and academia must be closely aligned and working collaboratively to bolster our presence on the world stage,” Minister Cal Dallas told about 125 people at the Rozsa Centre. “The government of Alberta is so pleased that the University of Calgary has come forward with such an innovative and forward-thinking strategy.”

Dallas was one of several speakers on hand to mark the official launch of the International Strategy, another step forward in the university’s multi-year Eyes High strategic direction. Among those in attendance were students, faculty and staff; members of the university’s Board of Governors and Senate; representatives of the government, business and community sectors; and news media. Janaka Ruwanpura, recently appointed vice-provost (international), served as master of ceremonies at the event.

President Elizabeth Cannon emphasized the university’s plan to work collaboratively with partners to achieve its goals.

“Like the province, we too believe strongly in collaborating with international partners, building new relationships abroad and strengthening others,” Cannon said. “Through this, we can create new opportunities, develop connections and build mutually beneficial partnerships.”

Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal Dallas speaks to about 125 people attending the launch of the International Strategy at the Rosza Centre.  Photo by Riley BrandtMinister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal Dallas speaks to about 125 people attending the launch of the International Strategy at the Rosza Centre. Photo by Riley BrandtCannon described the benefits of the International Strategy for students, for learning and research, and for the broader community.

“Such exposure to diversity in our classrooms, laboratories and residences is essential to our graduates, who will be entering a global marketplace,” she said. “It also benefits the local economy by attracting high-quality people to our country, and Alberta in particular.”

Fiona Rumohr, an arts student majoring in International Relations, shared a personal account of how international experiences have deepened her education.

“It’s amazing what we can learn inside the four walls of a classroom,” Rumohr began. “However, our learning increases exponentially when we move beyond four walls and take on the four corners of the earth. International experiences give you the chance to step outside of a box that you might not even have known you were stuck inside.”

Rumohr continued, “I’m incredibly excited that the University of Calgary has chosen to prioritize internationalization, with the goal of having 50 per cent of students have international experiences upon graduation. The students here at U of C are incredibly driven, talented, and passionate. Our students have the fire and the University of Calgary is providing the fuel. With the spark of this initiative, we are launching a new group of leaders into the world.”

Related links:

Highlights of the International Strategy
www.ucalgary.ca/uci/system/files/International+strategy-final-sm.pdf

Special edition of UToday on International Strategy impact
www.ucalgary.ca/news/utoday/march25-2013

 

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