Symposium aimed at better defining internationalization in higher education

While there is much talk these days about internationalization in high education, the meaning of the term “internationalization” still seems hard to nail down. While most people agree that it refers to adding international components to disciplines, curricula and programs of study, there are still many questions about identifying the best future directions for both policy and practice in Canadian higher education.

The York Symposium on Internationalizing Canada’s Universities, which will take place March 2-3, aims to capture some of these questions and address the future of Canadian universities in terms of internationalization.

More than 40 presenters from Canada, the US, Australia and Europe will share papers regarding the internationalization of higher education in Canada as it relates to various groups, ranging from students to private-sector organizations. Among the presenters is keynote speaker Madeleine F. Green, vice-president and director of the American Council on Education’s Center for Institutional and International Initiatives, who will speak about “Closing the gap between rhetoric and reality” in international education.

Chris Bentley, Ontario’s minister of training, colleges and universities, will open the conference on the morning of March 2. The conference runs from 9am to 5:30pm on both days.

The conference is aimed at senior academic administrators, faculty members and graduate students, as well as representatives from higher education organizations and governments from across Canada who are interested in the study of international education.

The York Symposium on Internationalizing Canada’s Universities is the fourth annual York Internationalization Symposium, organized by the Office of the Associate Vice-President International. Past conferences have been on topics ranging from Science & Internationalization to Experiential Education & Internationalization.

For more information, visit the Conference Web site.