Queen's hosts international educators program
Globe and Mail writer Stephanie Nolan, the paper’s former Africa correspondent, will deliver the keynote address on AIDS in Africa at the Queen’s University International Educators Training Program (IETP) which starts on Sunday.
The week-long program helps international education practitioners learn to work more effectively in their workplace. It has attracted more than 150 people to campus this year, up almost 50 per cent from 2009.
“We’re quite happy to see our program grow and steadily improve over the years,” says IETP program coordinator Alison Cummings, noting the program had 42 people when it first started in 2003. “International activities are becoming more and more important to universities and certain skills and knowledge are required to be successful in those activities.”
Courses for international education professionals, especially international managers, international student advisors and education abroad advisors cover topics such as working with incoming international students, risk management in international education, and international student marketing.
Reaching beyond study abroad and international student advisors, the program offers something for anybody who deals with internationalization at their schools.
Aimed initially at Canadians, the IETP attracts some international participants, including people from the United States, Mexico and Japan. This year, an educator from France will be taking part.
Started by Queen’s University International Centre director Wayne Myles in response to Canadian international educators’ need for practical skills-based training, the IETP positions Queen’s as a leader in training international educators.