Monday, March 9, 2015

Humber International in India

College holds alumni event and forges new strategic partnership

By Kezia Hinds

This article originally appeared in Humber Today on 8th January 2014.

Dr. Devanshu Patel (left), Dean Diane Simpson (centre) and Associate Dean Bill Angelakos (right) at the Parul Institute of Engineering and Technology
It has been a busy start to the new year for Humber’s International Centre, but at least it hasn’t been freezing. That’s because, for some Humber International staffers, the year kicked off not in the biting cold of Canada, but in the warmth of India.

Earlier this month, Humber grads and visiting Humber representatives attended the first India-based alumni get-together in Delhi. The college, in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada, held the event to provide an opportunity for networking and reminiscing. The evening's entertainment was provided by four Humber music grads who are currently living in and around Delhi.

Along with the graduates, Diane Simpson, dean of International, Bill Angelakos, associate dean in the School of Applied Technology and Tania Spoljaric-Sherwood, Humber’s manager of International Recruitment and Market Development, attended the event.

While many of Humber’s international students remain in Canada after graduation, the event demonstrated how successful the college’s graduates are when they return home to work in their industry of choice or become entrepreneurs.

“I am thrilled to see the ways our alumni are making use of their Humber education,” says Simpson. “Their stories demonstrate that they’ve developed internationally transferable skills. I look forward to hearing more stories from Humber graduates as we establish international alumni chapters inside and outside of Canada.”

Alumni meet-and-greets weren’t the only thing on the agenda while Humber reps were in India -- the college also formalized a partnership with the Parul Institute of Engineering & Technology (PIET), which will enable PIET’s third-year Bachelor of Engineering students to receive credit for 3-6 weeks of studies at Humber’s School of Applied Technology.

Angelakos says the partnership will be of great benefit to PIET students.

“During their studies at Humber, Parul students will receive an excellent hands-on learning experience, with access to leading-edge technology labs, while being fully immersed in Humber's diverse and dynamic learning community,” he says. “Students will acquire fundamental theoretical and technical skills in one or more core technology disciplines."

This partnership follows a 2014 partnership with the Parul Institute of Business Administration (PIBA), which allows PIBA Bachelor of Business Administration graduates to receive transfer credits toward the first two years of many of Humber’s Bachelor of Commerce programs.

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