GOAL: Engage communities across our campuses, city and region, province, nation and the world to create reciprocal, mutually beneficial learning experiences, research projects, partnerships, and collaborations.
In 2019-20, UAlberta International...
...undertook activities that furthered campus engagement with the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UAlberta International and the Office of Sustainability collaborated with the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation to host a Together 2019 Roundtable on campus in April 2019. 50+ attendees joined to discuss the ecosystem of how the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are being enacted and reflected through work currently taking place at UAlberta.
With a focus on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I-Week welcomed keynote speakers Natan Obed, Vien Truong, and Thomas Mapfumo. The program also included 17 "Global Goals Talks," which featured engaging speakers giving 17-minute talks related to the 17 SDGs. It is estimated that 1,917 attended 16 events over the course of the week.
...hosted events that involved the campus community in global citizenship, discussion, and learning.
World’s Challenge Challenge
The fourth annual World's Challenge Challenge UAlberta involved 14 teams. The winners were Faculty of Science students Simran Dhillon, Adarsh Badesha, and Ajaypartap Gill, with their innovation FentaGone. Fueled by the desire to make a difference, the team came together to propose a solution called FentaGone, a 1mL syringe that allows users to gain feedback on whether the drug in use contains fentanyl.
2020 World's Challenge Challenge winners (L to R) Adarsh Badesha, Simran Dhillon and Ajaypartap Gill.
Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights
UAlberta welcomed Professor Adam Bodnar, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, in February 2020 for his talk "The Fight for Rule of Law in Poland," which 137 attended.
Engage India: Association of Professors
Engage India: Association of Professors
The launch in April 2019 was attended by over 40 researchers from nine UAlberta faculties, each with their own affiliations and interests in Canada-India relations. Among the objectives of the group is to bring together Canadian and Indian faculty members to foster collaborative research, academic exchanges and to recruit top-quality graduate students from India, with a mission to “serve as a forum for enhanced academic exchange between Canada and India."
HIH Princess Takamado arrives at the Telus Centre.
Visit from Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado
In August 2019, UAlberta International partnered with the Prince Takamado Japan Centre and the Faculty of Arts to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, who delivered a lecture about the Japanese traditional art of Netsuke.
"Gender Matters: Innovation through Intersectionality: A German-Canadian Research Dialogue”
In November 2019, UAlberta, together with TU Berlin and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, organized an event entitled "Gender Matters: Innovation through Intersectionality: A German-Canadian Research Dialogue.” The event helped to build UAlberta's profile as a national and global leader in EDI discussions and Intersections of Gender research, as well as strengthened partnerships including with the German Research Foundation which was an event sponsor.
International Education Strategy Announcement
In August 2019, UAlberta hosted the Canadian Minister of International Trade Diversification, Jim Carr, for an exciting announcement about Canada's new $147.9 million International Education Strategy. Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada, Alain Roy, VP at Colleges and Institutes Canada, and MP Randy Boissonnault were also speakers.
International Education Strategy announcement
...facilitated new and ongoing projects that enriched teaching, research, and learning.
Canada-Pacific Alliance Scholarships Program (CPASP)
UAlberta International awarded 39 scholarships to eligible candidates from the public sector in Pacific Alliance countries (Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile). This included three Master’s students from Mexico and Chile who began their programs at UAlberta in September 2019. 36 scholarships were awarded for professional development short courses, including 21 for courses offered by UAlberta, in Edmonton and in Guanajuato, Mexico. In addition, all 39 students and trainees were registered in the online short course “Considering Gender in the Extractive Sector of Latin America,” which is offered by ALES.
Mexico SENER Hydrocarbons Capacity Development Project (Mexican Ministry of Energy)
UAlberta International coordinated the participation of three professors from UAlberta’s Integrated Petroleum Geosciences (IPG) program who travelled to Mexico City to teach condensed versions of their graduate courses at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). This is part of a 5-year initiative funded by SENER that will see UAlberta professors help UNAM to develop its own Master’s program in IPG.
...coordinated high-level international missions that raised the university's profile and inspired global dialogue.
Dr. Laura Beard, Associate Vice-President (Research), presented at the important Canada-Mexico Binational Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation, led by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and Mitacs from Canada, in April 2019. Alongside Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, the head of SSHRC, and VPs from the University of Toronto and McGill, UAlberta was able to talk about our experience with education and innovation. It also allowed UAlberta to explore connections in the area of indigenization.
Dr. Matthias Ruth, Vice President (Research & Innovation), travelled to Thailand and Singapore in September 2019 for the "Innovate Canada-ASEAN" and meetings with partner institutions. An institutional MOU was developed between UAlberta and Asian Institute of Technology (in Thailand) after the mission.
President Turpin's mission to China in October 2019 was facilitated and coordinated by UAlberta International. The trip provided opportunities to meet with the Ministry of Education and China Scholarship Council to discuss UAlberta’s role in Canada-China academic relations, including through the Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC), a U15 consortium mobility initiative led by UAlberta International. He also gave a keynote speech at an alternative energy event at the Canadian Embassy and visited a few key Chinese university partners including Tsinghua University in Beijing and East China Normal University in Shanghai, where he delivered a public lecture on Building World Class Universities.
Dr. Matthias Ruth, Vice-President (Research and Innovation), travelled to Germany in November 2019 to meet with key partners including the president of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and to attend special events: the Helmholtz Association Summit and a Berlin Week of Science “Gender Matters” event coordinated by UAlberta at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.