Federal funding to help Brock students become global citizens

Brock has received federal funding to develop a course central to the University’s mission of globally-oriented learning and experience opportunities.

The $25,000 grant will allow Brock to develop a Global Learning course to foster intercultural competencies and global perspectives while also enhancing student awareness of international learning and employment opportunities.

As part of the course, students will engage in local and international intercultural activities, identify and investigate potential outbound mobility opportunities and review the types of pre-departure training that takes place so that they become fully acquainted with the services available to support their safety and success before, during and after any study and work abroad experience.

The course will be developed over the coming months with plans to offer it in the 2021/22 academic year.

Aligned with the goals of the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Program, the Global Learning course will be designed to ensure as many students as possible will benefit from the opportunity to gain in-demand international skills and experience during their studies.

“In addition to enriching their academic experience, international mobility opportunities are essential to helping students to be prepared to succeed in increasingly diverse and global environments,” said Camille Rutherford, Vice-Provost, Strategic Partnerships and International at Brock University.

The course will be modularized so that the content can be repurposed and integrated into other discipline-specific courses that are part of international study trips.

All Brock students have the opportunity to participate in the Exchange and Study Abroad programs, which is made possible by academic exchanges, summer programs and internships offered at more than 100 partner institutions around the globe.

As part of the Outbound Student Mobility Program, it is anticipated that in 2022, Brock students will be able to apply for mobility funding that will support thousands of Canadian undergraduate students to gain new skills through study and work abroad opportunities in key global markets.

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