Thursday, November 6, 2014

Humber Goes Global: Emily in Colombia (South America)

By:  Emily Mancuso, Manager, International Recruitment and Market Development

September is one of the busiest months of year for
Humber College students. It also marks the beginning of a busy travel season for me! In Toronto, summer was starting to fade away by the time I left for Colombia. When I arrived in South America, I was able to expand my summer a little by soaking in a few last days of summer weather in balmy Medellin and Cali. I was equally excited  to dust off my beginner Spanish and visit Cali, Medellin, and Bogota to talk about Humber with prospective students.

At the Cali conference centre, I met many students interested in coming to Canada to study. About 2000 students were wandering around looking at different colleges, and I was happy to see students determined to come to Humber College!

After Cali, I went to Medellin. I met prospective students at the Nutibara Conference Plaza downtown; thousands of students passed by the Humber College booth and asked me questions about Humber’s many programs.

Similarly, the convention centre in Bogota was crowded with eager students. About 4000 students attended the event with eagerness, curiosity and enthusiasm to continue their education in Canada.

The city of Bogota was also wonderful to see; it’s modern with great churches and a mixture of Spanish, English, and native influences.

Photo Credit: Uncover Colombia

One of the great pleasures of my job is when I get to meet friends and family of our current students and alumni while travelling abroad. On this recent trip to Colombia in particular, I met several friends and family who excitedly approached me at my booths to tell me how much they love Humber! This always brings a smile to my face and is a wonderfully reassuring – I know I love Humber; it’s just really nice to hear it from friends and family of our Humber community abroad! 

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