November 13, 2007: International education week celebrated at Capilano

      Contact: Naya Kee
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      (North Vancouver, B.C.)—Student diversity at Capilano will be celebrated at the North Vancouver campus in the Birch building’s cafeteria on Thursday, November 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a variety of activities that will have an international flair.

      The Diversity and Equity committee will host a display in honour of International Education Week, which runs from November 12 to 16 in 85 countries around the world. IEW is designed to showcase the significant contribution that international education makes in preparing Canadians for the global world and supports Canada’s efforts to engage effectively on the international stage.

      A permanent display of clocks representing cities and their time zones from around the world will be unveiled at Capilano’s event. The cities reflect the institution’s partners, its international projects and its international students.

      Print information, along with a slide show, music, a prize draw and a huge inflated globe showing Capilano’s international connections will also be part of the festivities. Passersby will be invited to note the last place they went to school on a coloured post-it and mount it on the globe.

      The economy of Capilano’s vast region is closely intertwined with programs and activities at its three campuses. The North Shore, Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast communities also benefit from the $20 million injected annually by Capilano’s international students and from the financial spin-offs generated by student spending as a whole. However, these economic advantages are only part of the benefit of international students.

      “International students enrich the campus environment,” says Catherine Vertesi, Capilano’s vice-president of Education, Management and International Programs. “They allow the opportunity for Canadian students to experience other cultures without having to travel. Plus, both Canadian and international students benefit from an expanded network of global connections.”

      Currently, 607 international students from 45 countries are studying in 42 programs at Capilano. These students have come from Albania, Finland, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey and Yugoslavia, to name just a few. Through the combination of new Canadian citizens, international students, students from across Canada and throughout British Columbia, as well as educational partnerships that span the globe, Capilano is truly a multicultural and global community college intent on serving the needs of all its students.