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What is Internationalization?

Internationalization of post-secondary education can broadly be described as:

…the process of integrating international, intercultural, and global dimensions and perspectives into the purpose, functions and delivery of education. It shapes institutional values, influences external relations and partnerships, and impacts upon the entire educational enterprise.

Additionally, internationalization aims to educate students as global citizens, including attributes of openness to and understanding of other worldviews, empathy for people with different backgrounds and experience to oneself, the capacity to value diversity, and respect for indigenous peoples and knowledge.
(CBIE, 2014)

In other words, these efforts at St. Lawrence College (SLC) aim to positively impact the entire institution, including all students, staff, faculty and administration, as well as each of our campus communities. For example, elements of this international work ‘at home’ include:

- Support for faculty and staff to enhance cultural integration for all of our students to gain global competencies and be equipped to work in a globalized workforce.
- Internationalize and interculturalize curriculum and teaching at the program and course level, where applicable.
- Improve supports and services to address the unique needs of an increasingly diverse student population.
- Enhance related and meaningful community engagement for our students.

Why SLC?
While internationalization efforts formally began at SLC in February 2018, this has been taking place at the College for a number of years.

Internationalization is a strategic initiative for SLC and directly supports the College’s vision of being rooted in our communities while being a globally recognized college, providing innovative learning opportunities and preparing career-ready graduates.

Over recent years, SLC has been experiencing considerable growth in relation to enrolment of international students and first generation Canadians, all while remaining deeply rooted in our communities. For instance, SLC currently welcomes 1,500+ international students from over 40 countries. This not only enriches life at SLC but enhances the social and cultural fabric of our communities – all while having a positive impact on our regional economy.

Strategy Development
While this work is currently reflected within SLC’s Strategic Plan and taking place across service and academic departments, SLC is taking intentional and focused actions to support the broad success of internationalization. This includes the design and implementation of an Internationalization Strategy.

To ensure an effective Internationalization Strategy is designed and implemented, the initiative strives to be inclusive, transparent, consultative and solutions-focused. An essential step in this process was to establish a deep understanding of the current perspectives and experiences of our students, faculty, staff and administration in relation to internationalization.

For more information on our findings to date:

Student Survey Findings
Employee Survey Findings Report
Infographics

Next Steps
Following the upcoming release of SLC’s Strategic Plan 2019-2024, the College will be formally designing its Internationalization Strategy for release later this year.

With internal consultations and engagement of both students and employees now complete, over the coming months various outreach and engagement activities are planned in order to continue to engage with community employers and other community partners in a meaningful way.

For example, a series of tri-campus social hackathons was held April 23-25, 2019 aimed at developing proposals to enhance meaningful community engagement for SLC students, particularly international students. Participants included students, staff, faculty, employers and other community partners from across the region. A summary of these events is coming soon!

Questions/feedback? Please contact:
Ining Chao
Associate Dean, International Education
613-544-5400 ext. 1937
ichao@sl.on.ca

Richard Webster
Internationalization Lead
613-544-5400 ext. 1829
rwebster@sl.on.ca