Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 2014 International Student Services Events

Matthew McDonald is one of Humber College’s four international student advisors. While he helps all of Humber’s international students, he takes special responsibility for helping Business School students at the North Campus. Read more about him and other recent additions to the Humber International Centre team here

When I last blogged in July, I shared some #humberselfie photos. Last weekend, I discovered a new kind of selfie: the #monsterselfie. When it goes viral this Halloween, remember where you saw it first!

This photo, despite what you might think, was taken at the International Students Festival (#ISFTO) on Saturday, September 27. #ISFTO was one of many August and September events for international students.

We have even more events planned in October! We run these events because we want to help #HumberGlobal students make new friends, get comfortable in Toronto, take a break from school, and explore Canada!

The first event we have scheduled is the “Managing Your Money” workshop, presented by Steve Bang a professor from Humber’s Financial Planning program. He first presented the workshop at the Lakeshore campus on September 24. This week, he’ll do the same workshop at the North campus. Lakeshore student Neerav (Global Business Management) reported that the workshop was “amazing” with “lots of info.” He recommends that everyone asks questions—as many as possible.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
“Managing Your Money” Workshop (North Campus)
FREE:  Also counts towards your Passport to Success

Time:  11:00am in room B101 at the North Campus

Registration: Please register at the North International Centre

Next up is an event for first-semester students. As part of the Connect Buddy program, new students are paired with a senior student as well as a faculty or staff member. At this event, students will meet their faculty/staff buddy!

Tuesday October 7, 2014
Connect Buddy “Mix & Mingle” – Meet Faculty and Staff
FREE:  Also counts towards your Passport to Success

Time:  4:00pm in room B106 (North Campus)

For me, the October highlight is the French Canada trip. Montreal is my second-favourite city in Canada, and Ottawa is one of my former homes. I’m not planning to get much sleep that weekend, but I do think we’ll have beaucoup de fun!

Saturday October 11-13th, 2014
Montreal/Ottawa Overnight Trip
Registration: This trip is sold out.
Victor (China) in Ottawa during 
the 2013 French Canada Trip
For a less expensive option closer to home, we’ve organized a free movie night as a break from mid-term exams and assignments! You’ll be able to choose any movie that’s playing at Rainbow Cinemas Woodbine!

Tuesday October 21, 2014
FREE Movie Night @ Rainbow Movie Cinemas
Time:  7:00pm @ the Rainbow Cinemas

Registration: To register you must visit the International Centre starting October 16th with your student card.

Finally, to finish off the month, we’re planning to give you an authentic Halloween experience at Canada’s Wonderland! Well, there won’t be free candy or trick-or-treating, but there will be haunted houses and lots of spooky fun. If the monsters don’t frighten you, my colleague Matthew Keefe might jump out from behind a corner to spook you!

Friday October 24, 2014
Canada’s Wonderland – Halloween Haunt
Cost:  $30/ticket (guest are welcome)

Time:  6:00pm @ the Lakeshore Campus, 6:30pm @ the North Campus

Registration:  Please visit us in the International Centre at your campus to grab your tickets!

For each trip, please remember to register in advance. The registration instructions are provided on each Facebook event page.

I hope to see you at one or more of our events this October! If I don’t, please share your #monsterselfie on Twitter or Instagram using the #HumberGlobal hashtag!

Almost as tall as a Canadian mountie (on stilts) at #ISFTO

Monday, September 29, 2014

Teaching and Living in Taiwan - Revisited

In the coming months, we will be syndicating a few blog posts by Professor Doug Smith from Humber's School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. Professor Smith is currently in Kaohsiung, Taiwan at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality & Tourism (NKUHT) providing students from Taiwan with the chance to study business practices and gain exposure to the tourism and hospitality industry in Canada. 

Below are some photos from Professor Smith's blog to give you a glimpse of what is to come!

Doug Smith at Farm from Kaohsiung (36 km)

Doug Smith

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Humber’s International Centre nominates students for Toronto award

This article originally appeared in HumberToday in August 2014.

The goal is to honour outstanding students

Humber’s International Centre has nominated four students for the annual International Student Excellence Award hosted by the city of Toronto – the most students nominated by Humber to date.

Students have been nominated in three of six categories: Community Service, Arts and Culture, and Academic Excellence.

Jeff Ong Boon Keat has been nominated in the Academic Excellence category. He is a recent graduate of Humber’s Media Communications program and was born and raised in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Gavin Lu, nominated for the Arts and Culture award is from China. At Humber, Lu first studied English for Academic Purposes, then Media Communications.

Nominated for the Community Service award, Jamaican-born Ramona Robinson is an honours student in Humber’s Justice Services program. She’s also a recipient of the 2014 Association of Black Law Enforcers Rose Fortune and Peter Butler III scholarship.

And Vinh Quang Tran, also nominated for the Community Service award, is the founder and president of Humber’s Vietnamese Student Association. He was born in Vietnam.

“I believe it’s part of our responsibility as staff and faculty to recognize the achievement of our students and to nominate them for awards they deserve,” says Matthew McDonald, one of the student advisors with the International Centre.

Each nomination will be reviewed by a selection panel that will then choose winners in each category. The panel will be made up of three members from different organizations.

The award will be the culmination of various events organized by the City of Toronto, including the Airport Welcome Program and the International Student Festival, where the award is given out. The festival will be held on September 27, 2014 in Toronto.

Monday, September 22, 2014

From Nigeria To Canada: Life Away From Home

Rose, originally from Nigeria, is a second-year student in Humber’s Pharmacy Technician program. Since August 2014, She has also worked as a student ambassador through the Humber International Centre.

For some people, life away from home is easy. For me, it was a big step. There were a lot of decisions to make, all involving mixed feelings of fear, excitement, and pain. 

Leaving home was difficult, because I was leaving behind the people who made me happy. I had to focus on my goal of a quality education at Humber College. I knew it would not be easy, as I was used to the way life was at home.

In September 2013, I got to Canada after classes had already started, and that deepened the fear I had. I started class the day after I arrived, seriously jetlagged. I had missed orientation, and I did not know my way around the campus. The only place I knew was the International Centre. Every day I had to get to the International Centre before I could trace my way to class. In order to get to class early, I needed to be in school earlier, which was the least of my problems. I couldn’t eat the food here because it was different from what I was used to. The weather was also becoming cold because it was fall. I was not prepared for the change.

I would call my sisters back home, and cry out my heart. I would be on the bus and the tears would roll down my eyes. I had unfinished assignments due, and I was dropped from my COMM class because I was late, so I was put in the Saturday classes. I was in school every day except on Sundays.

In all, though, I was one lucky girl, because I had the best instructors who understood me and what I was going through. They were patient and allowed me to work according to my pace. I had the International Centre staff that was always there with arms opened wide to embrace and answer my numerous questions. (I had millions to ask). They made me feel at home. I made friends quickly and was able to get over the most of my feelings. It was so hard getting to school during winter, because the weather was freezing cold. I did not want to get out of bed most of the time, but when I remembered the assignments due I was up in a flash. With everything going on around me, I did not realize how the time flew because it went by quickly, and in four months, I was done with my first semester. Wow, I survived it all; I was more excited because I was in good academic standing.

Then Christmas came, and I was on holiday. I got the rest I so desired. I could then see that the snow was so beautiful. I loved the environment. It was so peaceful. Even after the school had closed for the year, the International Centre still had events planned. All through the semester, it was one event after the other. From climbing the CN tower, to visiting Canada’s Wonderland, and a hockey game, there was so much to do. I couldn’t keep up with the activities! The Holiday Dinner was to die for! It was so much fun.

Rose with Gabriela (Mexico) at Wasaga Beach in August 2014
The holiday slipped by and in January when school resumed I was more than ready to return. It was a lot easier when I returned; I was no longer lost on campus. (I knew my way around). It was like fitting into a pair of comfy shoes. The International Centre still had the same qualities, but now I had fewer questions to ask. I was so excited about my choice of college. I was sure it is the best decision I made. I miss home, but don’t regret leaving. I found a new home with the people who loved me even before they met me.
Now, I laugh at myself for crying like a baby in the past. In the end, life away from home is not so difficult when you are in the right place with the right people.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Living and Working in Makassar: Humber's Contribution to the SEDS Project

By: Ted Glenn, Ph.D., Professor of Public Administration and Program Coordinator at The Business School, Humber College

I will be living in Makassar, Sulawesi province, Indonesia, working on SEDS, the Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy Project.

A bit of background is in order here:  SEDS is a 5‐year, $4.6M CDN project funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the Humber College in Sulawesi.  Ultimately, the project is designed to strengthen the development, management and growth of SMEs in Sulawesi, create employment opportunities, increase levels of incomes, especially among the poor, and contribute to poverty reduction, for both women and men.

The project is designed to achieve this goal by building the capacity of seven Sulawesi universities to develop and deliver applied entrepreneurship academic programs and build linkages and provide support services directly to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  More specifically, through a series of workshops and network-building activities, the project will develop each university’s capacity to design and deliver: applied entrepreneurship education that produces graduates able to start their own businesses; and training, counselling, consulting services directly supporting SMEs.

In south Sulawesi, SEDS project partners include Hasanuddin University, Makassar State University, Muhammadiyah University Makassar.  In north Sulawesi, project partners include De La Salle Catholic University, Klabat University, Manado State University, and Sam Ratulangi University South East Sulawesi.

To date, SEDS has focused on three major activities:
  • Workshop #1, "Applied Entrepreneurship Curriculum Design and Delivery,“ was conducted between September 30 and November 26, 2013 in both Makassar and Manado
  • Workshop #2, "Applied Entrepreneurship Curriculum Design and Delivery,” focused on gender mainstreaming, environmental sustainability and governance in relation to entrepreneurship.  The two-week workshops were conducted between February and April 2014 in both Manado and Makassar; and
  • From May 11 to June 21, 2014 twenty-eight Indonesian lecturers participated in the Canadian Capacity Consolidation Activity (CCCA) in Toronto. The CCCA gave participants an opportunity to develop their capacity to foster entrepreneurship on their campus through an intensive, experiential training program.

Over the next three months, my colleagues Kent Schroeder, Jeff May and Ianinta Sembiring, and I will facilitate a series of 7 workshops for project partners that are designed to provide the training, tools, guidance and support that SEDS participants need to produce a standardized, 16-week curriculum in applied entrepreneurship. Stay tuned…it will be a very interesting three months indeed!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Managing Your Money Workshop: September 23-24, 2014

  • Do you have questions about Canadian banks? 
  • Would you like advice for budgeting your money? 
  • Would you like to understand the deductions from your paycheque (or, better yet, how to get some of them back or hold on to them now)?

Come to the “Managing Your Money” Workshop! Professor Steve Bang (Financial Planning) will share his top tips for managing money and answer your questions.

Regardless of what your financial situation is, this workshop will be of value to you!

Lakeshore: E206, Tuesday, September 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

North: B106, Wednesday, September 24, 11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m.

Sign up at the International Centre!

This event is eligible for a Passport to Success stamp.

Canada’s Humber College to share global vision for students at EAIE Prague

Humber’s Internationalization Strategy demonstrates its commitment to creating a community of students equipped to thrive in a global economy

Students at  Humber College
Toronto, Canada – September 16, 2014 – HumberCollege Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning (Humber), a leader in public postsecondary education in Canada, has outlined its plans to create a global-ready community of students, faculty and staff. The vision is explained in Humber’s comprehensive internationalization strategy for 2013-2018, which has been published for the first time and will be shared at the EAIE(European Association for International Education) conference in Prague from 16 –19 September 2014.

With more than 27,000 students (including over 3,000 international students), Humber provides diverse, global perspectives and opportunities to support the development of intercultural skills and global citizenship. This helps prepare students for the global workplace as well as enabling them to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world.

Humber achieves this preparation through initiatives focused on recruiting and supporting international students, providing opportunities for Humber students to study and work abroad, and providing opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in internationally focused professional development initiatives.

Humber’s strategic plan for 2013-2018 centres on five key objectives:
  • Recruit and support an increasingly diverse group of students from countries around the globe
  • Provide opportunities for students to earn academic credit while studying or completing placements abroad
  • Ensure that Humber faculty and staff are equipped to support internationalization efforts across the campus
  • Develop strategic partnerships designed to engage the Humber community in academic exchanges and collaboration
  • Advance initiatives that create opportunities for faculty and students to contribute to international development initiatives globally.

Diane Simpson, Dean of International at Humber, said: “The strategy is aligned with and supports Humber’s broader five-year strategy and demonstrates our commitment to exceptional teaching and unparalleled student-centered education. It

embodies our guiding vision: to create a community of students poised to thrive in a global economy. Given the timing, the EAIE conference in Prague is the perfect backdrop for us to share the strategy with our global partners.”

Humber’s Internationalization Strategy is focused on strengthening Humber’s status as a global postsecondary institution by increasing efforts to recruit and support international students; providing opportunities for students to study and work abroad; developing strategic partnerships to further inter-cultural exchanges; and creating opportunities for faculty and staff to contribute to international development initiatives.

Editors Notes
A full copy of Humber’s Internationalization Strategy can be found here:
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves more than 27,000 full-time students (including over 3,000 international students)  and 56,000 continuing education registrants. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 170 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit international.humber.ca for more information.

For additional information and to arrange interviews please contact:

In Canada:
Daniella Cross, Manager International Marketing & Communications
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning         
+1.416.675.6622 ext. 5672                                                  

In Europe:
Kelly Lloyd-Watson – Managing Director, KLPR

Monday, September 15, 2014

Humber Goes Global: Ana and Katey in Kenya

In April/May 2014, Humber faculty member Dr. Ryan Snider led a group of four students from the Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality and Tourism Management program to Kenya to conduct tourism research related to socially responsible safaris and the indigenous Maasai people. The students gained experience completing field surveys, analyzing, and reporting on data.

Q&A with Ana Pinheiro, Student, Humber College

Program: Bachelor of Commerce – Hospitality and Tourism Management

Year of Study: Year 4 (2014-2015)

What was your motivation for taking part in this research project abroad?
This trip was an opportunity I never would have imagined I'd get to do, something way out of my comfort zone but also something I knew I could not pass up.

What were some of your favourite moments?
As a big animal lover, I found the game drives through the Maasai Mara National Reserve to be one of my favorite things to do while on our trip. Seeing the lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes in their natural environment (including the breathtaking sunsets and landscapes) was truly a unique experience.


What did you value about the research?
For me, the most interesting aspect was meeting all the different candidates, who were from so many different parts in the world, and seeing their interest in our research. Because I entered a lot of the research data myself, I found it evident that a lot of our candidates had very similar experiences during their visits to the Maasai village. 

How has going abroad helped you grow as a person? How do you think going abroad has/will help shape your future career?
The trip has helped me be more open to opportunities I may have not considered in the past, especially in terms of job opportunities out of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or even abroad.

What advice do you have for students thinking about going abroad?

Do it for yourself; don't let others influence your decision to go or not. Make a plan/goal for yourself: for example, raising the money for the trip and giving yourself a deadline to decide. I knew this research trip was something I wanted to do on my own and therefore planned to work all throughout winter break to raise money and have the full amount ready by the end of January. 

I would also suggest getting informed about the country you are traveling to; know some of the language, customs, traditions, climate, etc., so that you are not shocked or unprepared when you arrive.

And, lastly, enjoy every bit of the experience, because it will be an experience you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

Q&A with Katey Ishikawa, Student, Humber College
Program: Bachelor of Commerce – Hospitality and Tourism Management
Year of Study: Year 4 (2014-2015)

What was your motivation for taking part in this research project abroad?
One of my goals in life is to travel to as many countries in the world, and the opportunity to explore Kenya was there. I want to learn about and experience new cultures firsthand. I also felt it would be a good opportunity to go with someone who's knowledgeable of Kenya (Ryan Snider).

What were some of the highlights?
 Learning about the Maasai traditions and how they live on a day-to-day basis. I have a lot of respect for Maasai women. Being able to carry their wood down the mountain is impressive. 

Seeing all the animals and getting so close to them allowed me to feel excited and amazed as well as fear at the same time. For example, nowhere else could I walk four feet away from a giraffe in its own habitat. Seeing them in the zoo is nothing compared to seeing them in the wild. The lionesses were also very impressive. It was really exciting when I spotted an albino baboon in the wild, which is really rare.

What advice do you have for students thinking about going abroad?
Just one word: “Go.” If the opportunity arises, don’t hesitate. Some people told me not to go to Kenya because it could have interfered with my paid work term away from school, but I’m glad I didn’t listen to them. Traveling the world is an opportunity of a lifetime, and not everyone is lucky enough to have that chance. Watching documentaries on television is not the same as being there and experiencing the heat, the smells, and sounds and just being able to embrace it all. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

#ISFTO - 5 Reasons Networking Matters

Last week we wanted to highlight the importance of multiculturalism and the achievements of Ontario's international student community. This week, we're talking about how the International Students Festival can be a great place to network not only with your fellow students, but also with civic and corporate leaders who will have their own information centres during the event at David Pecaut Square. Your post-secondary years are the perfect time to start network in and out of the fields you're studying, and here's how you can start building a professional network while still in school.

4 Networking Tactics for Post-Secondary Students

1.       Using your Resources

You're often sitting in classrooms full of people that could be using the same degree you're working toward to do something very different. Your classes are often taught by professors who are people at the top of their fields. Most disciplines often notify students of seminars, workshops, and other events that are industry-specific. Take advantage of all these opportunities by introducing yourself to your peers, making sure your professor can single you out in a lecture hall of 500 students, and personally thank event speakers and participants to make yourself stand out.

2.       Get Involved

Networking is about more than just exchanging handshakes and business cards after you've asked about an opportunity. Engage yourself by pursuing volunteer opportunities and finding out how you can get involved or learn more about the things you're interested in doing. Taking a more active role lets you meet people who are actively involved in your interests and goals. Be proactive and get onto the frontlines!

3.       Turn Time-killers into Engagement Opportunities

Facebook. Twitter. Blogging. Let's not kid ourselves – all those things are happening at the same time papers are being written and exams are being studied for. You can use social media to engage professionals in your fields and interests online as easily as communicating with them regularly. Can't volunteer? Keep track of an event's official hashtag to stay on top of news and participate off-site. You can participate in online content sharing at the International Student Festival using the official event hashtag #ISFTO.

4.        Attend the International Students Festival

This year's festival is host to info-booths and information centres for a variety of schools, organizations, civic leaders and corporations, making it the perfect place to put your networking skills to great use while expanding your options both locally and internationally. You'll have the opportunity to speak with representatives throughout the festival, but they aren't the only people you can network with—don't pass up the chance to network with your peers! You'll all be moving forward into new careers and interests together, so make the most of getting to know each other personally and professionally now!

Let the International Students Festival be one of your first steps toward more effective networking. After all, it presents several opportunities to meet a great variety of people from a variety of places for free, so don't miss it!