Federal funding helps Sheridan students gain international experience

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Published November 8, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Sheridan College has received $500,000 in federal funding from Global Skills Opportunity, the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. ANDREA PIACQUADIO FROM PEXELS IMAGE

Sheridan College has received $500,000 in federal funding to help more than 600 students pursue international educational opportunities over the next four years.

The funding, which comes from Global Skills Opportunity, the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program, will go towards the new college’s newly launched Reimagining Student Mobility project.

The Sheridan project introduces a range of online and in-person learning initiatives with educational partners around the world, combined with enhanced supports and training to barriers to international mobility.

The project’s goal is to expand mobility access across disciplines and increase student participation, particularly among target groups who are traditionally underrepresented in student mobility opportunities.

“This federal grant complements Sheridan’s robust efforts to build a holistic, comprehensive, and integrated approach to internationalization as outlined in our Internationalization and Global Connectivity Strategy,” said Dr. Amira El Masri, Director, Center for Global Education and Internationalization at Sheridan.

“Through this opportunity, we will facilitate access to a wider range of inclusive and accessible global learning programs, and offer our students more transformative intercultural experiences both at home and abroad.”

The funding will support the following initiatives at Sheridan over the next four years:

  • eight new Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) offerings with eight different international partners in Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Egypt, Brazil, Denmark, and the United Kingdom.
  • four new physical mobility opportunities to Spain, Denmark, Kenya and Brazil
  • a new student COIL support module
  • a comprehensive intercultural training module for all participating students
  • a suite of wraparound supports aimed at enhancing the overall student mobility experience including updated risk management protocols and policies.

The project will be led by Sheridan’s Centre for Global Education and Internationalization, and engage faculty and students from the Pilon School of Business, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, and the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design.

Global Skills Opportunity is a national outbound student mobility program that is expected to enable more than 16,000 Canadian college and undergraduate-level university students from across the country acquire the global skills employers want and the Canadian economy needs.

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