2016 AIEA Annual Conference 
Pre and Post-Conference Events 

 
Events: 

ACE/AIEA Collaborative - Saturday, February 20 
Welcome to Canada Reception - Sunday, February 21 
Canada – US International Education Leaders’ Breakfast Dialogue- Monday, February 22 
Internationalization of Research in Francophone Universities - Thursday, February 25 

Wednesday Afternoon Campus Visits: 

Concordia University | McGill University | University du Quebec a Montreal  | Cegep Campus Visit and Partnership Event 


ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative
Foundations for Global Learning: Innovation in the General Education Curriculum
Saturday, February 20, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Le Westin Montreal
Fee: $250 (USD) 

On-line registration is only available through the ACE website.

The Internationalization Collaborative is a one-day conference that intensely focuses on a single aspect of campus internationalization. It is designed for any campus leader with a strong commitment to the internationalization of their institution.

Building on themes developed during our 2015 convening, the 2016 meeting of the Collaborative will focus on the courses and co-curricular experiences that are required of all undergraduate students.  Typically known as the general education curriculum in the United States, these experiences are increasingly the focus of innovation and experimentation.

Designed to complement the themes of the AIEA Annual Conference, the program will begin by highlighting the views of senior leadership and their approach to curriculum internationalization. We will learn how presidents and provosts think about general education requirements, how and when they decide to evaluate their goals and effectiveness, and how they design the processes and systems that lead to review and improvement.

Over the course of the day, we will increasingly focus on the practical questions facing internationalization leaders, including:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges that I will face when using the general education curriculum to advance international learning?
  • How can I contribute to the development of international learning goals that are broadly supported by administrators and faculty?
  • How can I contribute to a broader discussion of learning goals in the general education curriculum—goals that may not include international learning as the top priority?
  • How do I stimulate innovative approaches to international teaching and learning among our faculty?  Do I need a faculty development plan?
  • What innovative, cost-effective pedagogical tools are available for providing an international experience to all students?

Welcome to Canada Reception
Sunday, February 21, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Sarah Bernhardt Room, InterContinental Hotel Montréal
Registration deadline: February 4 

You are invited to attend a ‘Welcome to Canada’ evening reception on Sunday February 21.  The reception is co-hosted by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Colleges and Institutes Canada, Languages Canada, and Universities Canada.  For more information and to register, RSVP at the following link: 
Registration: Welcome to Canada Reception
Vous êtes invité(e), le dimanche 21 février prochain, à participer à la réception « Bienvenue au Canada » organisée conjointement par Affaires mondiales Canada, le Bureau canadien pour l’éducation internationale, Collèges et instituts Canada, Langues Canada et Universités Canada. Pour obtenir un complément d’information ou pour vous inscrire, veuillez cliquer sur ce lien : Bienvenue au Canada. 

Canada – US International Education Leaders’ Breakfast Dialogue
Presented by Universities Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada

Monday, February 22, 2015 from 8:00 - 10:00 am
Palais des Congres de Montreal 
Price: $25 (USD)

Registration for this event is an option on AIEA Conference Registration ($25 USD additional fee required)   

This breakfast dialogue is targeted at senior international education leaders from American and Canadian universities and colleges (SIOs and ILOs) wishing to deepen their knowledge of key internationalization trends, issues and best practices across North America.

An internationalization priority of both Canadian and American universities is to increase the number of domestic students participating in international study, research and experiential learning programs. Only 3.3% of Canadian and fewer than 10% of American undergraduate university students participate in an outbound mobility experience each year. In Canada, only one in 10 students participates in an academic experience outside of their home province.

The discussion will examine issues and opportunities of Canada-US student mobility, with a particular focus on: (i) opportunities for expanding Canada-US mobility through the 100,000 Strong initiative; (ii) Canada-US mobility as a strategy for increasing participation of under-represented groups in internationalization; and (iii) enhancing experiential learning offerings of Canadian and American universities via cross-border internships and co-op placements. Discussion topics will be presented and framed by a panel of international education experts, and followed by guided small group discussions.

The dialogue will help to identify areas for future information sharing between Canadian and American education stakeholders, as well as potential cross-border collaborative research on internationalization issues. The dialogue will also serve as an excellent opportunity for networking between Canadian and American post-secondary institutions.

Chair: Gail Bowkett, Director, Research, Policy and International Relations, Universities Canada

Gail provides leadership on international relations and research matters and ensures the integration of these key areas into Universities Canada’s public affairs and advocacy priorities. This includes activities to promote the international dimension of higher education and research in Canada’s domestic and international policies as well as support to the internationalization

 


Cegep Campus Visit and Partnership Event 
Wednesday, February 24 from 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cegep Dawson 


Registration for this event is an option on AIEA Conference Registration (No additional fee required)  

Cegeps constitute the first level of higher education in the province of Québec, and Cegep institutions share similar features to community colleges in the United States. Come learn about the Cegep system and how you can collaborate with Cegeps. The goal of this event is to help connect Cegeps and community colleges who are interested in building exchange relationships like international mobility. The 48 Cegeps offer a mix of pre-university and technical programs that prepare students for either university or the job market.

During this excursion, participants will tour a Cegep, learn the similarities and differences between Cegep and community colleges, and have a chance to network with Cegep representatives. 

Transportation: Participants will meet representatives from an area Cegep, who will accompany participants to Cegep Dawson on the Montreal Metro (tickets are $3.50 CDN each way).

Meeting Place: Representatives from an area Cegep will meet participants at the Viger level of the Palais des Congres at 3:00 pm with signs indicating the event.

Contact: For questions related to this event, please contact Anne-Marie Lemay ([email protected])


Conference on the Challenges of the Internationalization for Francophone Higher Education Institutions 
Thursday, February 25 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Université du Québec in Montreal
Registration Fee: Free (registration required) 
Event Language: French

Register now! 
 

In a globalized world, interconnected and constantly changing, higher education – like most of the socio-economic and cultural sectors – must necessarily fit into an English language context. Indeed, international rankings are generally based on scientific production in English. The international student recruitment pushes institutions to offer degree programs in English. Interinstitutional cooperation is practiced daily in English within consortia, networks, etc. This reality poses numerous challenges to francophone higher education institutions, both in the definition of their international policy, and its implementation.

At this Symposium, organized by the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) as a post-event, with the active support of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES) and the Consulate of France in Montreal, SIOs are invited to participate and to discuss the specific challenges of internationalization for francophone higher education institutions. 

Francophone and non-English institutions from all over the world are invited to discuss those issues in a one-day symposium at Université du Québec in Montreal. Presentations will be in French, and the venue is easily accessible by metro from the Palais des Congrès.

Contact: All inquiries regarding this event can be sent to Guylaine Pagé ([email protected]).


Concordia University Campus Visit

Registration for this event is an option on AIEA Conference Registration (No additional fee required)  

Founded in 1974, Concordia is a public English-language university in Montreal, a predominantly French-speaking city. Concordia offers 500 undergraduate and graduate programs to 44,000 students across four Faculties (Arts & Science, Business, Engineering and Computer Science, Fine Arts). Committed to fostering a global environment, Concordia has a population of 6,700 international students from 150 countries; offers students opportunities to study abroad in 35 countries; and has about 300 collaboration agreements worldwide. Concordia's research is driven by sustainability, identity, technology, health, and other issues that affect our lives.  Our scholars and students collaborate across disciplines to foster innovation that will advance society.   The excursion will include a one-hour visit of the main campus, and an informal gathering with officials from the university. Drinks will be served.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday, February 24

Transportation: Concordia representatives will meet participants at the Palais des Congres with a sign and then accompany you by metro to campus (metro tickets are $3.50 CDN each way).

Meeting Place: Participants will meet representatives at the Gauchetière Street exit of the Hall Viger of the Palais des Congrès at 3:00 pm.

Contact: For questions related to this event, please contact Andrew Lang ([email protected])


McGill University Campus Visit

Registration for this event is an option on AIEA Conference Registration (No additional fee required)  

AIEA participants are invited to visit McGill University, one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.  McGill was founded in 1821 thanks to a generous bequest by James McGill, and since then, we've grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and 39,500 students. The University also partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year. This walking tour of the campus will be led by McGill students.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 24

Transportation: Participants will take the Montreal metro to campus (one change; participants are responsible to purchase tickets at the current price of $3.50 CDN each way).

Meeting Place: Tour guides will meet registered participants at the Viger level of the Palais des Congres at 3:00 pm with signs indicating this tour.

Contact: For questions related to this event, please contact Tania Raggo ([email protected]).


Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Campus Visit 

Registration for this event is an option on AIEA Conference Registration (No additional fee required)  

The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a public French-language university of international influence located in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in North America. UQAM is known for the quality of its teaching, the accessibility of its educators, its research in social issues and its innovations in the creative arts, the reception services it offers to foreign students and the liveliness of its campus life. Dynamic and innovative, UQAM offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs to 44,000 students through six faculties: Arts; Communication; Political Science and Law; Science; Education, and Social Sciences, and through its School of Management. The University has established agreements with more than 425 institutions on five continents, in 63 countries, not to mention the numerous links created through its membership in university networks. Each year, UQAM receives more than 3,500 students from 92 countries outside Canada. The excursion will include a one-hour visit of the main campus, and an informal gathering with officials from the university. Drinks will be served.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Wednesday, February 24

Transportation: UQAM representatives will meet participants at the Palais des Congres with a sign and then accompany you by metro to campus (metro tickets are $3.50 CDN each way).

Meeting Place: Participants will meet representatives at the Gauchetière Street exit of the Hall Viger of the Palais des Congrès at 3:00 pm.

Contact: For questions related to this event, please contacGuylaine Pagé ([email protected]uqam.ca).