Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International) and Andrea Delgado Morrow, Director, International Relations then facilitated group discussions surrounding the following four areas:
- Beyond Global Learning: Academic-Industry and Equity Diversity and Inclusion Global Learning Programs
- Strategic Research Alliances and Programs
- Supporting Global Development and the Sustainable Development Goals
- Exploring Transactional challenges in Global Engagement offices
The discussions have sparked a few working groups that will look to share best practices and look to providing recommendations for the elimination of current barriers and leveraging and/or enhancing funding opportunities for Canada-US partnerships.
“One thing we want to emphasize is that there is a lot of collaborations happening at the grassroot level (ex: researchers-researchers) but there is a need to look to promoting Canada/USA as an international destination for our students. There are many opportunities to collaborate due to proximity but we need to go beyond thinking that our bordering countries are only tourist destinations,” says Dr. Ruwanpura.
This was the third time Canadian and US colleagues had the opportunity to connect to discuss improving partnerships between Canada and the US with the kick-off session occurring as part of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Conference in March and a follow-up virtual session in May.
“We want to thank Dr. Adel El Zaim, Vice President, Research, Creation, Partnership and Internationalization, Université du Québec en Outaouais and former AIEA President for initiating this conversation,” says Dr. Ruwanpura.