Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Our March Calendar of Events is Here!

February, our shortest month on the calendar, has come and is nearly gone, gearing us all up for the spring sounds that March *may* bring!

With that, our new student events calendar for March is here:

Check it out for a month full of workshops, conversational cafes and income tax knowledge brought to you by Culture Link.

As a bonus, March 17th doubles as Toronto's St. Patrick's Day celebrations AND your very last chance to head out on a ski and snowboard escape with the Humber International Centre. Keep this calendar on hand and don't miss a thing!

Changes to Travel Regulations Could Affect You!

Attention students and families: New entry requirement for those traveling to or through Canada are now in effect for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canadian airports. All who fall into this category, with few exceptions, require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. 
Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.
Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.
Read on for more detail here: http://bit.ly/2lvdlA2.

Monday, February 27, 2017

From Values to Gelato: Students Embark on a Deep Dive into Italian Food Culture

In an afternoon session at North campus, outbound Humber Culinary and Baking and Pastry students took part in a Study Abroad pre-departure workshop to discuss their hopes, academic and professional aspirations and hesitations about the trip they are about to make to study at the International School of Hospitality at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy, later in the semester. 

The anticipation evident on each of their faces for the upcoming travel was a clear indicator of how excited they are to get boarded. With a mix of travel backgrounds, the group agreed it won't seem real until they touch down at the airport. Students were surprisingly at ease about embarking on the trip and overall were impressed by the ease of the process, and accredited much of it to the ongoing support from their HRT Study Abroad Coordinator, Judy Hebner.

Facilitated by Rebecca Fitzgerald, Manager of International Mobility at Humber, the workshop group discussed the elements of learning expectations in a new context, culture shock and cultural assumptions that each of the students are likely to live during their transition to their new Italian lifestyle. The excitement in the room only rose when one student learned she is required to take part in a gelato making workshop as a mandatory part of the program...

Filled with wonder for the new culinary and pastry techniques they will learn in the cinematographic city, the students claimed to be equally excited to experience the city itself. One student, who had taken part in a previous visit of the region, when asked her take-aways from the first tour chimed,  “I loved Florence; the vibe of city, everything about it; I just need more time to go back to experience more!”

This is precisely what the Study Abroad program at Humber offers, as it aims to provide to the type of experiential learning that opens up the world to students. The renowned university program to enhance their skills, while experiencing the vibe, and more important, learn and reflect through embedding themselves in the day to day culture of a different country.

We were also fortunate enough to catch up with FUA faculty and program coordinator Massimo Coppetti on his recent visit to Humber, when he echoed the students' sentiments of how important the cultural aspect of the experience will be. 
As Coppetti explained, "on the cultural level they are going to learn to appreciate quality of ingredients like a local from the region - from both a scientific and cultural theory perspective, but also as a lived experience."

For more information on all Global Opportunities at Humber, go to: international.humber.ca/global-opportunities.html

Friday, February 17, 2017

International Development Week 2017

Last week Humber celebrated International Development Week 2017, a cross-Canada initiative in conjunction with the Government of Canada, with celebrations and outstanding programming put on by the Humber International Development Institute.

Though a gallery display in partnership with Save the Children will continue to run at North Campus until the end of February, the unanimous highlight of last week’s celebrations was a certified training, offered free of charge to approximately 200 Humber students and community members on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, given in part by Ravi Karkara. Mr. Kakara, Senior Strategic Partnership Adviser to the UN, Assistant Secretary General on UN Women and Co-chair of the UN Interagency Network on Youth Development engaged the crowd as he not only brought attention to the 17 SDG’s and their universal appeal, focused on the importance of the role youth must take in helping achieve this goals by 2030.

Throughout the afternoon session, Mr. Karkara also made clear connections of the interdependence of the goals, as well as that awareness and work towards sustainability is an ongoing, daily affair. Referring to SDG12, he proclaimed, "Every time you spend your one Canadian dollar, you vote on responsible consumption & production”.

The importance of youth in achieving the SDGs was echoed by co-trainer and speaker, Mr. Steve S. J. Lee, climate change activist, policy advocate for the UN, and also the Executive director for the 3% project, a youth-initiated project, led by youth, for youth: “We must engage our friends. Youth have amazing power to engage youth better than anyone. Talk about it. Get others on board.”
See the video about the 3% project! To paraphrase Steve and the other engaging trainers from the day, get informed, then reach out, and get active:

Also sharing their knowledge and recent on work on various SDGs was Humber International Development post-graduate alumna Laveza Khan, Campaign Assistant, Engineers Without Borders Canada and Nadia Guerch Livelihoods, Innovation and Environmental Sustainability Lead at Eqwib Hubs; whom each inspired students with their recent and relevant work on the global sustainability front. Laveza also contributed sharing about gender equality and equal access to education.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Scholarship Dinner Celebrates Perseverance

February 9, 2017

Late last week Drew Ness, Dean of International, along with members of the Humber International Scholarship Selection Committee, gathered to meet, mingle and celebrate with international scholarship recipients over a dinner in The Humber Room.

We weren’t surprised to learn that this year’s scholarship winners hail from a variety of home countries; Japan, Peru, Jamaica, Mexico and Ukraine among them. Also unsurprisingly, these top students cover a wide breadth of programs such as Film & Media, International Development, Marketing, and Culinary Skills. However, global and academic diversity aside, there was one thing they all shared before ever meeting, and that was the sense of accomplishment and excitement they each felt when they received the e-mail from Humber saying they had been selected as a winner!

For one of the students now pursuing a Bachelor of Film & Media, this scholarship meant not only a relief on his student budget, but the opportunity to actually pursue his dream, with this kind of program is not commonly found in his home country. At the outset, most students felt that submitting the application was a long shot – but most realized that just because something may be hard work or intangible at the time, that they should still give their best effort and hope it pays off. And as this group learned, indeed it can!

These students, like all international applicants, were given the opportunity to be granted with scholarships from a single time $1000 award, up to awards of $5000 renewable over four years of study. We salute these students in their perseverance and achievement, and in taking the next step to pursue their academic dreams and future career goals! 

Friday, February 3, 2017

February Calendar! Reading week is coming!

Happy February everyone!

The first month of the year may have come and gone, but our February calendar is still full of activities! Don’t miss out on all of our workshops, conversational language caf├ęs, activities like bubble soccer and much more. Whether you are looking to make new friends, gather information about permits, health insurance, or how to get your budgeting off to a good start your financial year, we have something for you!


The year may just have begun, but mid-terms are around the corner and your reading week towards the end of the month is designed not only to give you a break, but also to keep your studies on track.
Stay tuned to our social channels and #HumberGlobal, as we will be posting some cool events for you to enjoy in Toronto over the Family Day long weekend!

Lastly: Don’t forget to bring your Passport to Success to the events marked with the stamp on the calendar and collect them in order to win prizes! Find out more about Passport to Success here.
Stay warm and stay connected to the International Centre for #FunInFeb!