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					The Economic Impact of
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION IN CANADA
AND BRITISH COLUMBIA
CANADA

The Conference Board of Canada has recently completed a
report entitled The Economic Implications of International
Education for Canada and Nine Comparator Countries: A
Comparison of International Education Activities and
Economic Performance (Bloom, Kitagawa, Murray, Warda,
Watt, Zieminski,1999). Through this study the international
education activities, policies and programs of Canada, the
United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the
Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Australia and Japan were
examined and the relationship between international educa-
tion and economic performance was explored.                                  Source: The Economic Implications for Canada and Nine Comparator Countries (page 16)

        “International Education is important to                According to the study, this means that:
        Canada because of its impact on our ability to
        compete successfully in the global economy by           • A country’s GDP is likely to increase after students travel,
        responding to changes in the international com-           work or study abroad and return to their home country.
        petitive environment. In essence, international         • Countries with a greater involvement in international
        education is a means of adapting Canada’s peo-            education are also more likely to have greater involvement
        ple—its human capital—to the competitive de-              in the trade of technologies (sale and purchase of patents,
        mands of globalization” (page 9).                         trademarks etc.).
                                                                • Countries that are more involved in international educa-
Through this study it was revealed that international educa-      tion are becoming more involved in international trade at
tion results in a number of economic benefits. Data indicates     a faster rate than countries that are less involved in inter-
positive correlations between international education and         national education.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP), innovation, international         • Countries with a greater involvement in international
trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).                        education are more likely to have larger movement of
                                                                  foreign direct investment into the country and out to
                                                                  other countries.
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Message from the Executive Director                                                                IN THIS ISSUE
Happy New Year and welcome to the sixth edition of BCCIE’s International Forum for
news and views on international education. The beginning of the new year and the
start of the new century is an important date for us. We are celebrating our tenth               • Message from the
anniversary and would like to thank the BCCIE membership and the Ministry of                        Executive Director ............... 2
Advanced Education, Training and Technology for their support and commitment to
the development of such a vibrant and dynamic international education system in                  FEATURE
British Columbia.
    For those of us working within the international education arena, the qualitative
benefits of internationalization are well understood—developing internationally and              • The Economic Impact of Inter-
interculturally competent graduates; increasing the international expertise of faculty             national Education in Canada
and staff; enriching the educational experience of the student body; and bringing                  and British Columbia ............ 1
innovation into educational programs. Over the last few years a number of studies have
focused on quantifying the substantial economic benefits of international education at
                                                                                                 ARTICLES
an institutional level. Our lead article in this newsletter, profiles two recent reports that
outline the economic impact of international education at a national and provincial
level, providing valuable data to further support our internationalization efforts. To           • International Education
augment these reports, we have included important statistical data gathered and                     Activity in BC ........................ 4
analyzed by BCCIE.
    Each newsletter we like to showcase the outstanding work that is being undertaken            • Report from Langara
by our institutional members and in this edition we are pleased to include a report                 College .................................. 6
from the International Education Department at Langara College. From ESL programs
to internationalizing the curriculum, the report outlines the comprehensive range of             • International Quality
initiatives that are being delivered to support their institution’s internationalization
goal.                                                                                               Review Process (IQRP) ......... 8
    We have included in this edition updates on a number of BCCIE’s programs and
new initiatives. Details on our Strategic Directions, web site, the outcomes of the              • BCCIE Undertakes HRDC
Nordic Mission and the BC Asia Pacific Awards and International Grants program are                  Funded Mobility Study .......... 9
provided. In addition, we have recently undertaken two new initiatives that we are very
excited about: An International Quality Review Process Pilot Project and an HRDC                 • BCCIE Strategic
Mobility Study in the Asia Pacific and invite you to review the enclosed articles for               Directions ............................. 10
further information.
    Two key events will occur in May and June, 2000. The World Education Market,                 • Nordic Mission Update ........ 11
May 24-27, 2000 will take place at the Trade and Convention Centre and will show-
case international education products and services. On June 5 – 7, 2000 BCCIE will be            • BCCIE Web Site Update ...... 11
running its third annual Summer Institute Innovations in Internationalization: New
Directions. Information on both events is provided in this edition.                              • BCCIE 2000 Summer
    I hope that you enjoy this newsletter and we look forward to receiving comments                 Institute ................................. 12
and suggestions for our next edition.

Christine Savage                                                                                 • World Education Market ...... 12
                                                                                                 • Merry Christmas from Japan 13
                                                                                                 • BC Asia Pacific Awards &
   The British Columbia Centre for International Education (BCCIE) is a voluntary
   organization that supports the greater internationalization of British Columbia’s                International Grants .............. 14
   public post-secondary institutions. BCCIE works closely with its membership to
   promote the capabilities of BC public colleges, institutes, university colleges and           • Scholar Views ........................ 15
   universities internationally. BCCIE works with members to facilitate their
   involvement in international projects, and to assist them in recruiting international         RESOURCES
   students to BC. BCCIE sponsors professional development activities, and manages
   a scholarship program for scholars and students working or studying in the Asia               • BCCIE Publications ............... 16
   Pacific, Mexico or Chile. The Centre is governed by a Board of Directors and is
   funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.                        EVENTS

                   British Columbia Centre for International Education                           • Mark Your Calendars ............ 16
                                 6th Floor, 1483 Douglas St.
                                   Victoria, BC V8W 3K4
                          Tel: (250)978-4242 Fax: (250)978-4249
                    Email: bccie@bccie.bc.ca Web site: www.bccie.bc.ca




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The Economic Impact... con’t                    tries. International education can help   Provincial Government Support
                                                compensate for the reduction of export    The Provincial Government provides
Overall, Canada ranks fourth out of the
                                                earnings in the resource sectors.         support to international education
ten researched countries in terms of its
involvement in international education.         Estimated Economic Benefits to BC         through policies and funding for the
                                                                                          British Columbia Centre for Interna-
                                                International education has a substan-
       “While slightly above average, our                                                 tional Education (BCCIE). BCCIE
                                                tial positive impact on BC’s economy.
       relatively modest position is signifi-                                             serves as the Provincial Government’s
                                                Depending on the estimation approach
       cant because there is a link between                                               mechanism to coordinate international
                                                used, the economic benefits of educat-
       international education and the                                                    education in BC at the public post-
                                                ing international students in public
       knowledge transfer process that                                                    secondary level. BCCIE is largely
                                                post-secondary institutions range from
       generates innovation, which, in                                                    funded by an annual grant from the
                                                $126 million to $274 million. Includ-
       turn, is highly beneficial to our                                                  Ministry but derives some revenues
                                                ing economic benefits from the private
       nation’s economic well-being. In                                                   from services such as fees from profes-
                                                and K-12 sectors (public schools and
       other words, by gaining leadership                                                 sional development workshops and the
                                                independent schools), the estimated
       in international education we can                                                  sale of publications. Grants from the
                                                contribution from international educa-
       gain significant economic advan-                                                   Ministry have been reduced over recent
                                                tion is as high as $443 million.
       tages not otherwise available to us”                                               years.
       (page 113).                              Estimates of direct impact derived        BC’s Strengths and Opportunities
                                                from the value added approach ($203       Demographics in newly emerging
 The study concludes that a significant         million for all education sectors) can    economies in Asia, Latin America, the
challenge we face is strengthening the          be compared to the Gross Domestic         Middle East and Africa suggest that the
understanding of, support for, and              Product (GDP) estimates of other          demand for international education
involvement in international education          sectors of the economy. Using this        will increase rapidly during the next 25
in Canada. Furthermore, if Canada               approach, educating international         years. Residents in these countries will
wishes to increase its level of interna-        students created almost as much direct    likely seek opportunities to receive
tional education activities, a number of        value added as BC’s fishing and           their education in established universi-
policy and program options will have            trapping industry, one of the prov-       ties and colleges throughout the world.
to be carefully reviewed.                       ince’s important traditional resource
                                                industries (estimated GDP in 1996 of      BC’s experience in offering interna-
BRITISH COLUMBIA                                $241 million) and approximately 2/3       tional students high quality education,
                                                of the GDP generated by the film          combined with the diversity of public
The Ministry of Advanced Education,
                                                industry, one of BC’s growth sectors      post-secondary offerings, low exchange
Training and Technology commis-
                                                (estimated GDP in 1997 of $305            rate on many foreign currencies, and
sioned A Review of the Economic
                                                million).                                 location on the Pacific Rim, positions
Impact of International Education in
British Columbia’s Public Post-Second-                                                    the province well for continuing and
                                                International students are in essence     increased involvement in international
ary Sector (Adams and Tait, 1999).
                                                ‘educational tourists’ who create         education.
Sections of the Executive Summary are
                                                economic impacts similar to other
duplicated below with the Ministry’s                                                      Challenges for Institutions
                                                tourism activities. Also, when BC’s
permission.
                                                post-secondary faculty members and        The report identified several challenges
                                                students participate in international     facing public post-secondary institu-
International education has been a
                                                projects, their earnings provide an       tions to achieving the potential of
valuable generator of income to the
                                                injection into the BC economy. In         international education. One challenge
province with potential for further
                                                1997 BC’s post-secondary institutions     is funding mechanisms that may not
economic benefits. Its economic impact
                                                were conducting international projects    offer the flexibility required to respond
is felt province-wide through tuition
                                                with a total contract value of close to   quickly to market opportunities as they
revenues and expenditures in commu-
                                                $81 million.                              arise or to use incremental revenue to
nities.
                                                                                          invest in new ventures. Other chal-
                                                Other important but less quantifiable     lenges include space constraints, the
International education provides well-
                                                benefits include enhanced opportuni-      difficulty and cost of attracting inter-
paying jobs to Canadians in an envi-
                                                ties for research and learning, the       national students to small colleges, and
ronmentally friendly industry. It also
                                                development of worldwide networks of      the difficulty of finding seed money to
contributes to the diversification of the
                                                academics and graduates and an            cover the up-front costs of marketing.
provincial economy at a time when
                                                international perspective on social and
there is a pressing need for BC to
expand beyond traditional resource              economic issues.
sectors into knowledge based indus-
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The following statistical information is the result of BCCIE’s collection of comprehensive, comparable international student, project and
institutional linkage statistics from the BC system. The data is collected each spring, and provides a snapshot of international activity in
BC. Some of the information below indicates growing trends towards diversification of international students in BC, and the importance
of continuing our efforts to diversify source countries, reducing the impact of economic or political turmoil in certain markets.

                                               undergraduate, and graduate programs.             It seems, therefore, that the marketing
International Student Statistics               To test the market diversification of our         efforts to diversify our student market
International students are a significant       long-term student numbers we again                have been effective, and helped the BC
presence in BC. In 1998/99 over                removed the top three source countries            system to absorb what could otherwise
12,000 international students were             (Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and                 have been a more significant reduction
studying in BC public post-secondary           found there to be an increase of 14%              of international student numbers after
institutions.                                  from our remaining source countries,              the Asian Currency Crisis of 1997.
                                               compared to a 9% increase overall.
BC attracts students from all over the
world, particulary from Asian countries                                                          How do we fare nationally?
                                               Non-traditional countries of interest
(see Table 1). The three top source            for short-term and long-term student              In terms of how BC has fared nation-
countries for international students are       increases between 1996/97 and 1998/               ally between 1990 and 1998 (see Table
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.                 99 include:                                       2), the CBIE National Report on
                                                                                                 International Students in Canada,
Market diversification and increase                                                              1998/99 states, “...international
in long-term students:                                                                           student enrollment in British Columbia
                                                                                                 grew at all levels (K-12 included) from
Market diversification and increase in
                                                                                                 12,000 or 15% (of total international
long-term students has been a priority
                                                                                                 student enrollment in Canada) in
of BCCIE members as evidenced by
                                                                                                 1990-91, to 20,200 students or almost
market research and marketing ventures
                                                                                                 25% in 1997-98.” Quebec is the only
in Mexico, South America, and Europe
                                                                                                 other province with comparable in-
in recent years. It seems that the results
                                                                                                 creases, though the college enrollments
of these efforts are paying off for the
                                                                                                 are still very small, while Ontario’s
system.
                                                                                                 share at the post- secondary level has
Short-Term ESL                                                                                   declined significantly and consistently
In order to check the effectiveness of                                                           since 1990.
the system’s ESL market diversification        Slight reduction in dominance of
activities, we removed the top three                                                             The report also states that British
                                               the ‘Big Five’:
countries (Japan, Taiwan and South                                                               Columbia leads with 6.2% of its total
Korea) from both the 1997/98 and               The top 5 source countries in 1996 for            university level (university-transfer,
1998/99 short-term student totals and          all programs (Japan, Taiwan, South                undergraduate and graduate) student
found that students from the remaining         Korea, Hong Kong, China) accounted                population being international stu-
source countries increased 15% com-            for 71.5% of the international students           dents, whereas they represent 3.3% of
pared to an overall short-term decline         enrolled at BC institutions. In 1998,             the population of Ontario’s universities.
of just under 18% for the same years.          the top five countries (Japan, Taiwan,
                                               South Korea, Hong Kong, China)
Long-Term                                      accounted for 68.4% of the interna-
Long-term student numbers saw a                tional students enrolled at BC institu-
steady increase from 1996-1998 despite         tions—a difference of -3.1% or 450
the Asian economic downturn. There             students. Thus the concentration of
was also evidence of a diversification of      international student numbers in the
the market for university transfer,            top five countries has decreased over
                                               the last three years.


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Institutional Agreements
In 1998, 15 BC public post-secondary
institutions had over 90 active agree-
ments in place with institutions from
over 22 countries. These agreements
support student and faculty exchange
in a range of disciplines—sport ex-
change, exchange of research, credit
transfer agreements, and joint program
development, among others.

The agreements also allow for easier
sharing of people, knowledge and ideas
between institutions, and support the
further internationalization of the
British Columbia post-secondary
education system.

International Education Projects
In 1998, 17 BC public post-secondary
institutions were involved in interna-
tional education project work in over
33 countries. The total value of these
projects was over $71.5 million to
institutions in BC. The sectors that
institutions were involved in were many
and varied. For example:

· providing training for technical
  education faculty in Pakistan,
· developing shellfish culture technol-
  ogy transfer in Brazil,
· articulating aquatic chemistry
  curriculum development in Viet-
  nam, and
· providing community development
  in Slovakia, and many more.

Though the work that institutions do
on these projects around the world
often has enormous impacts on local
educational systems and economies, it
also has a broad impact back home at
the institutions, where the international
experience gained can be integrated
back into the curriculum and life of the
campus. It also provides an opportunity
for long-term educational, cultural and
business linkages to be established
between BC and our overseas partners.
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Expanding on Langara College’s goal to          from various academic disciplines. Students      Before graduation, each group traditionally
support internationalization, Gordon McNeil     learned and applied normal ESL skills by         plants a tree on Langara campus to
and staff describe below the International      doing assignments the same as they would         commemorate their stay and leave their
Education Department’s recent innovations,      in a post-secondary course environment.          mark at Langara.
successes and challenges.                       Second, a student applying for admission
                                                to LEAP would be assessed on his/her             All of these contracted programs are under
                v    v    v                     academic credentials as if he/she was being      the leadership of Helena Hensley, the
                                                admitted into a regular college program.         International Education Manager.
Langara College was a campus of Vancou-         The idea was to admit only academically
ver Community College until April 30,                                                            Homestay
                                                admissible students into LEAP and allow
l994 when it became a separate British                                                           Distributed throughout Vancouver are the
                                                them a seamless transition into Langara’s
Columbia post-secondary institution with        regular academic and career programs             hundreds of international students served
its own charter.                                                                                 by Langara’s Homestay program. Not only
                                                during the final two modules of LEAP. Not
                                                only has LEAP been a boon to interna-            does Langara place its own students in
With the metamorphosis into a new college       tional student admission, but also it has        homes, but it also places large numbers of
came a new mandate for international                                                             overseas students for Vancouver Commu-
                                                provided experience which has helped
education. The carry-over from the VCC                                                           nity College, Vancouver School Board,
                                                LEAP students to succeed in their post-
days included recruitment and services to       secondary studies.                               Richmond School Board, the YMCA,
international students, short-term ESL                                                           UBC’s Executive Management Program
contracts and international field study         ESL Contracts                                    and Canadian Airlines. Unique to Langara’s
programs. Through the Ministry of               While the over 400 full-time international       homestay operation is the Langara
Advanced Education, Training and Tech-          students provide visibility to internationali-   Homestay staff ’s rigorous procedures for
nology’s mandate and the excellent ground-      zation on a year round basis, Langara’s          selecting appropriate families and matching
work laid by BCCIE, Langara was ready to        contracted spring and summer based ESL           them with suitable overseas students. The
expand its international endeavours.            activity swells the on-campus international      staff provides an orientation for both
                                                presence.                                        students and families and follows up on all
With the separation from VCC came a                                                              placements. Langara’s Homestay program
commitment to make the college’s interna-       The majority of the short-term students          places about 1,000 students every year
tional activities more transparent and          come from Japan. For years, Baika Wom-           under the direct supervision of Valerie
integrated into the college community.          en’s College, Jissen Women’s University,         Peters, the Langara Homestay Manager.
Also, the International Education Depart-       Ohtani Women’s University and
ment’s operating budget was stabilized and      Tokushima Bunri University students
revenues earned were allocated to the           have been participating in three week
college’s central revenue accounts, to allow    intensive ESL and Canadian culture
for college wide access to the department’s     programs. Also, Langara opened its
generated revenue.                              ‘Bursary’ program, an ESL program for
                                                Federal Government sponsored
With the acquisition of a new Director,         Francophone Canadians, to mix with a
Gordon McNeil, formerly of Seneca               cross-section of short-term interna-
College in Toronto, the department quickly      tional ESL students. This unique blend
increased its international student base        of Francophone Canadian students
without increasing costs. Currently, the        with international students in an
college is using some of the extra funds        English milieu has been a very positive
from this activity to hire more staff in a      experience.
backfilling strategy that is unique in
international education circles.                Fifteen Japanese students from
LEAP into Langara                               Takushoku University in Tokyo are
                                                billeted with Langara homestay families
Part of Langara’s expansion strategy
                                                in our long-term program, while they
involved the start of an innovative new         improve their English language skills,
ESL program called LEAP (Langara
                                                take academic courses with Canadian
English for Academic Purposes) which
                                                students and participate in a structured
involved two important aspects. First, the      Canadian culture program. The
program itself was designed to integrate all
                                                ‘Canadian School of Takudai’ cel-
the traditional language skills using content                                                       Groups from Japanese universities and colleges have been coming to
                                                ebrated its 20th Anniversary last year.
                                                                                                  Langara College every summer for over 15 years to polish their English
                                                                                                        language skills and experience various aspects of Canadian life.

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                                               Internships have
External Studies                               not been limited
Langara has always been a strong supporter     to Canadian stu-
of having its students study overseas under    dents studying
the direct tutelage of its faculty. In past    overseas. Last year
years field schools have been conducted in     a Japanese grad-
Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, Hawaii, Asia        uate student of
and Western Europe. Most active in this        Langara’s Pacific
type of activity has been the Biology          Rim program got
Department, Art History Department and         a placement in
the Latin American and Pacific Rim             Claremont Public
Studies Programs. Currently, the ‘Study in     School, in
Africa’ program is in its 6th year of opera-   Ontario, assisting
tion. This program, which started with         with the teaching
SFU as a primary partner, has grown to         of Japanese lang-
include students and faculty from UBC,         uage and culture
University of Alberta, Guelph University,      to a grade 6 class
McGill University, Queen’s University and      of Canadian                                                Students from a Japanese university enjoy horesback
Dalhousie University. Based primarily in                                                                   riding as part of the Canadian culture component of
                                               youngsters. To the students’ joy, the
                                                                                                                        their summer ESL program at Langara.
Kenya, this safari-like program also           Langara student was from Nagano and she
includes a diving and marine ecology           returned home briefly to work at the           a baseline for the internationalization
course conducted in the Indian Ocean.          Winter Olympics in her hometown. She           process in academic courses. The results
                                               was able to communicate back to her class,     were encouraging. The amount of ‘interna-
More recently, in partnership with             first-hand, on Canada’s accomplishments        tional’ content or cross-cultural references
Rajabhat Institute Loei in northeastern        during the Olympics.                           was extensive. However, there were several
Thailand, Langara conducted five courses                                                      faculty who did not see the relevance of
for twenty Langara students using the          BC Grants and Rewards
                                                                                              ‘internationalization’ to their courses and
Mekong River as the theme for the pro-         Langara has been very active in pursuing       others who saw this as another administra-
gram. This spring, there is a three-course     grants offered by BCCIE for students and       tive invasion of their right to design
program planned for China and a four           staff wishing to have international educa-     curriculum as they saw fit. The Interna-
course offering this summer in Peru. The       tional experiences on their own. Langara       tional Education Department has taken the
latter program was designed by the Latin       students have received grants and awards to    tack of financially supporting international
American Studies faculty and consists of       study in Mexico, Japan, China and Thai-        curriculum initiatives as a way of having
Spanish language courses and a trans-          land. Faculty have received awards for work    keen faculty members provide a model for
disciplinary course involving an economist,    in Hong Kong and Japan. Langara sees this      those who are more resistant to the
geographer and anthropologist.                 as a valuable component of its internation-    ‘internationalization’ process.
                                               alization process.
The International Education Department                                                        We are also currently developing a post-
currently has plans to offer a variety of      International Development Projects
                                                                                              diploma International Business Program
three-week study-travel programs for career    Langara has been fortunate to win a Level      focussing on NAFTA studies. This three-
programs and university transfer students.     II, CIDA grant through ACCC to conduct         semester program will see Langara students
These intensive short-term overseas courses    a three-year “Water Care and Rural Health      studying their final semester in either the
will expand the programs offered to            Training” program in the Mwanza area of        US or Mexico as part of a tri-lateral
Langara students and put more Langara          Tanzania. The purpose of the project is to     exchange program.
faculty on the road. Some programs will be     help the local area residents reduce the
conducted with partner institutions.           number of water born diseases acquired by      Service to International Students
                                               the people in the area. This has been          Everyone was surprised by the Asian
Internships                                    accomplished through an assessment of          currency crisis. Langara saw this as a time
While Langara has always had a strong Co-      water and wastewater management and            to try to help those in distress. Central to
op Education Program, in 1998 there was        community health awareness. Unlike other       keeping students from Korea, Malaysia and
an opportunity to go global. Langara           ACCC projects, which usually only involve      Indonesia (we had no Thai students) was a
applied and won an HRDC grant to               the use of college faculty, students from      Personal Money Management seminar
manage a program entitled, “Internship of      Langara’s environmental science and            given by Gordon McNeil, Director of
the Americas”. This highly successful          nursing programs have played an active         International Education and Fraser
program saw students from across Canada        role overseas, both in water quality assess-   Archibald, International Student Counsel-
working in internships in Mexico, Colom-       ment and delivery of community health          lor. The strategy was to help students
bia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Panama.        education. Faculty, excited by this first      substantially reduce their cost of living and
                                               project, are currently bidding on three        keep them in Canada. At largest risk were
Two Langara interns also found work in         other projects in Africa and Nepal.            female Chinese students from Indonesia.
Shenzhen, P.R.C. working for a toy                                                            Following the initial seminar were several
manufacturer as a designer and a market        Internationalizing the Curriculum
                                                                                              meetings to ascertain how people were
researcher. The employer is looking for        In 1998, the International Education           doing and share tips on getting through the
Langara replacements when the current          Department did an extensive survey with
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I n te r n a t i o n a l Q u a l i t y
                                                                                         by Bronwyn Jenkins
Rev i ew P r o c e s s ( I Q R P )
BCCIE has contracted with Bronwyn         internationalization efforts according       Rationale for the IQRP
Jenkins to develop and implement a        to their own stated aims and objec-          As internationalization matures, as




                                          IQRP
review and assessment process to          tives. The review includes procedures        both a concept and a process, it is
examine quality and internationali-       and guidelines to be adapted and used        important that institutions of higher
zation in a post-secondary institution.   in both a self-assessment exercise and       education address the issue of the
In this article, Bronwyn provides an      an external peer review.                     quality assessment and assurance of
overview of the International Quality                                                  their international dimension.
Review Process (IQRP) and discusses       The review process assesses the extent
the objectives of the BCCIE pilot         to which institutions actually achieve       Review is part of an internationaliza-
project.                                  the aims and objectives that they set        tion process that incorporates advo-
                                          for themselves; it assesses the relation-    cating, planning, implementing,
Introduction                              ship between institutional objectives        rewarding, reviewing and improving
Most post-secondary institutions in       and actual achievement.                      the internationalization strategy of the
British Columbia are committed to                                                      institution.
internationalization in higher educa-     The IQRP is a process that assists
tion. Since the point of internation-     institutions to appreciate how their         BCCIE IQRP Pilot Project
alization is to improve the quality of    systems relate to their strategic efforts.   The purpose of this project is to
education, and because educators are      The self-assessment and peer review          develop and implement a review and
concerned about the quality of            processes are designed to examine            assessment process to examine quality
internationalization, everyone in-        whether the organization is on track         and internationalization in a post-
volved must be prepared to justify        and whether there is an alignment            secondary educational institution in
strategies adopted and activities         between strategy and reality.                British Columbia. Malaspina Univer-
undertaken to achieve the objectives                                                   sity-College has volunteered to be the
of internationalization. While many       The IQRP can be used as both a               pilot institution. The project will
institutions have articulated support     planning tool and a review instru-           include the development of guidelines
for internationalization in their         ment. Additionally, the IQRP can be          for the design and implementation of
strategic documents and have estab-       a constructive method to increase            an internationalization quality review
lished several of the programmatic        institutional awareness, involvement         process.
and organizational strategies sug-        and commitment to internationaliza-
gested for internationalization, few      tion.                                        At a macro level, this project will
have integrated the imperatives of                                                     increase the awareness for the need for
review and assessment into the proc-      Assumptions of the IQRP                      quality assessment and assurance in
ess.                                      · The IQRP is based on the princi-           the internationalization process, help
                                            ples of self-assessment and peer           strengthen the contribution that
The International Quality Review            review and is guided by the institu-       internationalization makes to an
Process (IQRP) project is an initiative     tion’s own mission and aims.               institution and help develop experi-
undertaken by the program on              · There is acknowledgement and               ence with international quality
Institutional Management in Higher          recognition of the differences             assurance procedures. The project will
Education (IMHE) of the Organisa-           among institutions and countries.          be highlighted through a series of
tion for Economic Co-operation and        · The self-assessment and external           workshops at the BCCIE Summer
Development (OECD) in collabora-            reports are for use of the institu-        Institute in June.v
tion with the international Academic        tion only.
Co-operation Association (ACA).           · The review process is not intended
                                            to prescribe practices or to advo-
What is IQRP                                cate for uniformity or standardiza-
The IQRP is a process whereby               tion of internationalization ap-
individual academic institutions assess     proaches or procedures.
and enhance the quality of their


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                                              Report From Langara... con’t                   The Economic Impact... con’t

BCCIE Undertakes HRDC                         crisis. It worked. At the beginning of the
                                              crisis Langara had 44 students from the
                                                                                             Challenges for BC and Canada
                                                                                             International education is becoming more
Funded Mobility Study                         impacted countries and at the end we had
                                              52. Caring service pays off.
                                                                                             and more competitive. To compete with
                                                                                             Australia, the United States and the United
                                              Although Langara is in the middle of           Kingdom, BC must maintain and enhance
Human Resources Development Canada                                                           its reputation as a high-ranking education
                                              hiring an International Student Co-
(HRDC) is currently exploring opportuni-      ordinator (ISC) to look after the day-to-      destination. One difficulty for BC and
ties to expand its support of international   day needs of international students, it has    Canada, not experienced by some competi-
academic mobility into other regions of       had to devise a self-help manual for the       tor countries, is the constitutional division
strategic interest to Canada e.g. Latin       increasing number of international stu-        of responsibilities for international educa-
America, Central and Eastern Europe,          dents joining Langara directly from their      tion. Successful marketing of international
Southern Africa and the Asia Pacific. In      home country. Through the expert research      education depends on collaboration
order to provide an effective guide for       and writing skills of Sue Seyward, a local     between the federal and provincial govern-
the development of future mobility            consultant, and Cheryl Agoston, the            ments.
programs, HRDC has commissioned a             departmental assistant who formatted the
number of feasibility studies to assess the   “International Student Handbook”, newly        Conclusion
appropriateness of a range of approaches      arrived students have a 120 page resource      International education provides a way for
to student mobility, and BCCIE has been       guide on how to survive in Vancouver. The      BC to diversify its economy away from
asked to lead the project in the Asia         booklet is divided into two parts. The first   traditional resource sectors. The sustainable
Pacific Region. BCCIE was the only            part consolidates information that needs to    and income generating capacity of these
organization outside of the International     be addressed in the first seven days in        sectors is far lower than it has been in the
Education Advocacy Coalition made up          Vancouver. The remainder of the book           past and more and more British
of AUCC, ACCC, CBIE, WUSC, ICCS               provides information and topics of more        Columbians are seeking new employment
and the Canada-US Fulbright Commis-           interest throughout their stay.                opportunities in the service and knowledge
sion, to be included in the project.                                                         based sectors.
                                              With a new ISC on the horizon, the
                                              development of a new orientation program,
Over the next several months, the                                                            International education has had a positive
                                              and the “International Student Hand-
various regional teams, including BCCIE,      book”, international students will be          impact on BC’s economy. The challenge for
will be contacting your institution to        receiving additional support that will         BC is to maintain and enhance its ability to
determine your interest in providing          maximize their adjustment to Canada and        attract international students to BC
information about your institutions’          success at Langara.                            institutions in an increasingly competitive
experiences in these regions. Also of                                                        market. The authors of the study present a
significant interest will be to determine     Commitment                                     number of policy and program recommen-
what institutional needs are in regards to    Langara’s International Education Depart-      dations that include:
ensuring sustainability of an exchange        ment could not be as successful as it has      • Continuing to allow institutions to
program; how exchange can be used to          been or able to grow at the rate it has,           retain revenues for international
effectively support the internationaliza-     without the co-operation of the President,         education.
tion of the institution; and whether there    Linda Holmes and the Board, particularly       • Avoiding further reduction of the core
is a need for program support in other        the Board Chair, Stephen Huddart. Both             funding for BCCIE provided by the
non-financial areas.                          have been strong supporters of the college’s       province and rebuilding funding
                                              international initiatives. They have pro-          support to allow BCCIE to continue to
One of the activities that BCCIE will         vided consistent, on-going support for the         be active in the area of internationaliza-
undertake as part of this study is a          college’s international ventures and allowed       tion.
‘Roundtable/Workshop’ in Vancouver,           the department to flourish in tough            • Continuing efforts to work with the
which will include representatives of         financial times.                                   federal government to create changes
organizations and institutions from the       The Future                                         that benefit the international education
Asia Pacific Region and Canada. This                                                             sector in BC.
event, to be held early in June, will         Langara is reaching capacity. The College      • Identifying the international education
provide significant opportunities for         has no more space for new students. The            sector as one of the “knowledge-based”
                                              International Education Department has a
institutions to network with some of the                                                         sectors that will contribute to the
                                              plan to encourage more Canadian students
key mobility leaders from Asia. We are        to study overseas through External Studies         diversification of the provincial
also expecting that some of these repre-      programs and study abroad programs while           economy.
sentatives will be able to contribute to a    backfilling with new international educa-      • Arranging a meeting of educational
Pre-Summer Institute Event on June 4,         tion students. The aim is to be the premier        leaders to identify further actions that
2000.                                         choice for university transfer students from       the province may take in support of the
                                              around the world and to have more Lan-             sector. v
This project affords the Canadian post-       gara students with direct overseas exposure
secondary system with an opportunity to       than any other college in Canada.v
significantly influence the future planning
for federally funded mobility programs in
Asia and the Pacific, and we welcome
your interest. v

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BCCIE recently developed its Strategic Directions for 1999-2001. The document was produced through a comprehensive
process of consultations with the Board, the Working Committees, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology,
and the BCCIE institutional membership. The BCCIE Strategic Directions Plan has been distributed widely to the public post-
secondary system. Additional copies can be obtained through our web site or by contacting the office directly. Below, please
find highlighted the seven strategic directions from the plan.

BUILDING ON OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BCCIE WILL:                                  4. STRENGTHEN OUR SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL
                                                                                 EDUCATION PROJECTS BY:
1. STRENGTHEN THE UNDERSTANDING OF, AND SUPPORT                               • Strengthening relationships with private sector, executing agencies
   FOR, INTERNATIONALIZATION BY:                                                 and funding institutions.
• Conducting workshops/events and developing resources that will              • Conducting workshops/events and developing resources that will
   showcase approaches and provide practical techniques for faculty,             showcase approaches and provide practical techniques for institu-
   staff and administrators.                                                     tional project professionals.
• Encouraging and showcasing strategies which enhance the quality             • Reviewing BCCIE project development and implementation
   assurance of internationalization initiatives.                                activities and identifying new strategies for effectively positioning
• Conducting research and circulating information on innovative                  the Province.
   internationalization strategies/approaches.                                • Organizing programs for incoming delegations.
• Participating in, and contributing to, key internationalization             • Organizing and participating in key outgoing missions.
   conferences.                                                               • Developing a database of BC system expertise and marketing that
• Managing an awards/grants program for students and scholars.                   expertise.
2. FACILITATE AND STRENGTHEN THE INTERNATIONALI-                              5. WIDEN OUR NETWORK AND LINKAGES WITHIN THE
   ZATION OF THE CURRICULUM/LEARNING BY:                                         PROVINCE, ACROSS CANADA AND INTERNATIONALLY
• Developing, managing and implementing programs to support                      BY:
   internationalizing the curriculum/learning initiatives.                    • Strengthening and expanding our relationships with the K-12
• Conducting workshops/events and developing resources that will                 system, private sector, system agencies and government in BC and
   showcase approaches and provide practical techniques for faculty,             collaborating on appropriate projects.
   staff and administrators.                                                  • Enhancing communication and information sharing with provincial,
• Circulating/profiling information on internationalizing the curricu-           national and international agencies, associations and organizations.
   lum/learning initiatives.
• Facilitating discussion with, and involvement of, faculty, staff,           6.   DIVERSIFY OUR FUNDING BASE BY:
   administrators, faculty development coordinators, and the Centre           •    Implementing an awards fundraising campaign.
   for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology (C2T2).                            •    Marketing BCCIE publications, resources and events.
                                                                              •    Identifying and organizing cost recoverable initiatives.
3. STRENGTHEN OUR COLLABORATIVE MARKETING                                     •    Researching, designing and implementing selected revenue generat-
   EFFORTS BY:                                                                     ing projects.
• Conducting workshops/events and developing resources that will
   showcase approaches and provide practical techniques for interna-          7. ENHANCE OUR COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY
   tional marketing professionals.                                               EFFORTS BY:
• Promoting a strong, unified corporate image in marketing and                • Developing materials, maintaining a variety of listserves, and
   communication initiatives.                                                    utilizing the internet to facilitate communication and information
• Developing and distributing system promotional materials utilizing             sharing.
   new technologies that enhance the profile of, and information on,          • Implementing a consultative annual planning process and circulat-
   the BC public post-secondary system.                                          ing planning documents.
• Developing and maintaining key markets.                                     • Advocating for international education at the provincial, national
• Facilitating collaborative marketing/advertising efforts.                      and international levels.v
• Participating in key events/fairs to showcase the BC system.
• Strengthening relationships with CEC Network and Tourism BC.




                                       In the year 2000, BCCIE celebrates its 10th year. To mark the occasion
                                       we have adopted a new logo, celebrating our “10 years of Excellence” in
                                       partnership with the British Columbia public post-secondary system.
                                       Thanks to all of you who have supported us over the years and we look
                                       forward to working with you in the future to continue to infuse
                                       an international perspective into the functions and culture of all
                                       institutions.

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                                                                                                 could not ‘buy’ - and greatly increased the
                                                                                                 Finnish participants’ interest in Canada.
                                                                                                 This was clearly also the experience of the
                                                                                                 Canadian visitors attending. The origin of
                                                                                                 initiative is a further indication of the value
                                                                                                 of last autumn’s Nordic Education mission
                                                                                                 to Canada - as was the visit in December of
Peter Lonnberg, from the Canadian Embassy         Canada and additional materials obtained       the Executive Director of the BC Centre
in Finland, has written a report on one of the    from AUCC.                                     for International Education and a planned
positive spin-offs resulting from BCCIE’s                                                        visit in February from the Alberta post-
1998 incoming Nordic Mission, in late             The workshop was aimed at increasing           secondary education community. We
October. During this mission, a total of 14       awareness of study opportunities in            would also note the Fulbright Centre’s
delegates, five from Finland, spent two days      Canada, and encouraging further linkages       initiative, again this year, to feature
touring and learning about BC’s educational       between higher education institutions in       Canada, as well as the United States, at its
institutions. The tour began at UNBC, where       Finland and Canada. Opening remarks by         booth at the annual Finnish education fair
several institutions delivered presentations,     the Ambassador and Rector of the Univer-       ‘Studia’ early in December.
moved on to UBC and Emily Carr Institute          sity of Lapland were followed by an
of Art and Design the following day, taking       overview of the Canadian education system      Peter Lonnberg
in more schools’ presentations and ended in       by the Fulbright Center education advisor.     Public Affairs Officer
Whistler.                                         Discussion on the North Consortium             Canadian Embassy
                                                  initiative as an example of how the
The delegates were so impressed with the          Canada-EU agreement can be creatively          There is also a website for this workshop:
quality, variety and comparatively low cost of    used to forge student exchanges and            www.urova.fi/home/kv/english/conferences/canada99/
post-secondary education in Canada, that          academic linkages followed. There was then     programme.html v
upon their return home, they set about            a presentation of the education advisory
organizing a Canadian Education Workshop,         services and support programs provided by
the first of its kind in Finland. The event was   the Fulbright Centre and the Centre for
enormously successful, as conveyed by Mr.         International Mobility followed by a panel
Lonnberg and by the number of Finnish             discussion by Canadian students on the
students now inquiring into BC study              theme of ‘Why I Chose Finland’ and on
opportunities. The following is Mr.               their experiences in the country.
Lonnberg’s report:
                                                                                                 Traffic Report
                                                  The various presentations received a lively    BCCIE’s December web site report
We continue to reap high value from last          response, both during the formal sessions      shows that the top 12 countries visiting
autumn’s Nordic Education mission to              and the informal networking event that         the site during the month were, in
Canada and our education marketing                followed. The quality, variety and compara-    order of frequency of visits: Canada,
arrangement with the local Fulbright              tively low cost of post-secondary education    United States, Germany, United Arab
Centre. The latest example was a Canada           in Canada and the ease of cultural adapta-
Education Workshop, held October 1 in             tion were themes consistently cited by the     Emirates, Russia, the Netherlands,
Rovaniemi, Finland, attended by 105               Finnish speakers.                              United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium,
international relations officers from higher                                                     Turkey, Sweden and Finland.
education institutions throughout Finland.        The Embassy had arranged for information
This unique opportunity and audience -            on the workshop (and the annual Finnish        The number of hits on our newly
representing some 70 per cent of the              education fair) to be circulated in advance,
relevant community throughout Finland -
                                                                                                 designed web site have increased
                                                  through the Association of Universities and
can be attributed to the timing of the            Colleges in Canada, to all contacts on their   substantially from 22,000 hits in
workshop, which was arranged in conjunc-          electronic mailing list. The University        September (the highest over the
tion with a three-day annual training             College of the Fraser Valley, the University   previous 6 months of recorded hits), to
seminar for Finnish university and poly-          of Saskatchewan and the New Brunswick          55,000 hits in November, and 47,000
technic international liaison staff. We           Centre for International Education each        hits in December. As well, the time
understand that this was also the first time      sent representatives to the Rovaniemi
that educational opportunities in a specific      workshop. The delegates were also given an     spent on the site has increased four-fold
foreign country had been chosen as a              opportunity to present their institutions      since October. Visits are now averaging
supplementary workshop theme.                     during the workshop and to network with        just over 8 minutes.
                                                  the Finnish participants. Separate addi-
The seminar was planned by the five               tional programs for the Canadian delegates,    Translations Now Live
Finnish delegates who took part in the            in Helsinki and other Finnish cities, were
Nordic Education mission to Canada in
                                                                                                 Key sections of the site have now been
                                                  also arranged by the Embassy.
October-November, 1998, arranged by the                                                          translated to Japanese, Chinese,
Centre for International Mobility of the          While follow-up is difficult to measure        Spanish, French and Korean. Visit
Finnish Ministry of Education, and                accurately, it is our assessment that the      BCCIE’s site at www.bccie.bc.ca v
supported by the Fulbright Centre, which          workshop was a great success - certainly an
distributed their information kits on             opportunity to reach an audience that we


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                                                           The British Columbia Centre for International Education (BCCIE) is pleased
                                                           to announce that our third annual Summer Institute will be held in Vancou-
                                                           ver, British Columbia, Canada from June 5-7, 2000 at Simon Fraser Univer-
                                                           sity, Harbour Centre.

                                                           In addition, we will be offering a Pre-Summer Institute event on June 4,
                                                           2000 focussed on the Asia Pacific.

                                                           2000 Summer Institute
                                                           The BCCIE Summer Institute is a unique educational event that provides
                                                           participants with opportunities to explore in-depth, topical internationali-
                                                           zation subjects through a series of practical and interactive workshops. The
                                                           theme of this year’s Summer Institute is Innovations in Internationaliza-
                                                           tion: New Directions. The Institute will also provide participants with an
                                                           excellent opportunity to network and share information with international
                                                           education colleagues in a unique campus environment.

                                                         The Summer Institute workshops and presentations will showcase a number
                                                         of innovative internationalization strategies and will provide practical tips
                                                         and techniques to individuals responsible for implementing, supporting,
managing and marketing international education programs at the secondary and post-secondary level. A range of in-depth work-
shops will be provided in the areas of: internationalizing the campus, curriculum and community; the promotion and marketing of
educational services; programs and services for international clients; and managing and implementing international projects.

2000 Summer Institute Venue
This year our annual Summer Institute will be held at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre which is the satellite campus of the
main university campus in Burnaby. The Harbour Centre campus offers an accessible, well-designed and appointed facility that is
located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The beautiful city of Vancouver offers cosmopolitan dining, superb shopping, a colourful nightlife, a full complement of cultural
activities as well as the beauty of the Pacific Coast and the adventure of the great outdoors.

A block booking has been made at the Hampton Inn and Suites for a very reasonable rate of $85.00 per night, including continen-
tal breakfast. The hotel is within walking distance of SFU Harbour Centre and is located in the heart of the theatre district.

The Summer Institute preliminary program and on-line registration will be available on our web site mid-March. For further
information on the 2000 Summer Institute, please contact BCCIE.




                      The World Education Market will take place            From the BC public post-secondary system: BCCIE, British
                      May 24-27, 2000 at the Vancouver Trade                Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College, Simon
                      and Convention Centre. The event will                 Fraser University, University of British Columbia and the Univer-
                      showcase international education products             sity of Victoria (Division of Continuing Studies) will have booths.
                      and services, examine major issues impacting          In addition there will be a provincial government booth composed
                      the world of education relative to the                of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology,
international market, and highlight training and lifelong learning          Ministry of Education, Ministry of Employment and Investment,
opportunities. The WEM Conference Program will address issues               and the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture.
impacting the world of education, as well as providing workshops
in adapting content to reflect local needs and circumstances, and           In consultation with BCCIE Working Committees and the
provide information on buying, selling and producing materials for          Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology,
the international marketplace.                                              BCCIE has begun planning for booth and promotional materials
                                                                            to showcase the BC post-secondary system’s educational products
The over 4000 expected participants will include people from:               and services at WEM.
school systems, post-secondary institutions, governments and
development agencies, workplace training, distance learning and             For further information please consult: www.wemex.com
adult continuing education, book and multimedia publishing, and             For general inquiries contact: info@wemex.com
the telecommunications industry. Thus far, companies and organi-
zations from over 24 countries have reserved for the year 2000 fair.

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David Walker, the former Director of International Programs at
Northern Lights College, is now working as a professor at Jumonji
University-College in Japan. After David’s retirement in 1997, he
and his wife Pat decided to take on the adventure of living in Japan.
They sent BCCIE a Christmas letter this year, detailing some of
their escapades. We enjoyed the stories so much, that we’ve included
excerpts from this letter in order to share their days in Japan with
you.

Well, it is the last Christmas of the Millenium and we just put up
our tree. Because we are having 12 people in for turkey dinner, Pat
decided that the tree should be on the balcony. It is decorated with
blinking lights, red apples and gold bells.

We are now ending our third year in Japan. We live in Warabi City,
which is the most densely populated city in Japan. We lead a very
eclectic life.

For recreation we sometimes go to “the ball game” and watch the
Tokyo Giants, or the Tokyo Ham Fighters (That is properly thought
of as: Tokyo Ham-Fighters! But we prefer Tokyo—Ham Fighters).
Our favorite team is the Daiei Hawks because Daiei owns the local             best of these occurs in April when everyone enjoys the cherry
supermarket and if they win the league championship, they put on a            blossoms. Around that time, people have cherry blossom viewing
big sale. We also religiously watch the five, fifteen-day sumo tourna-        parties, called hanna mi. The biggest hanna mi is in Tokyo’s Ueno
ments on TV. We have been to one live sumo basho and it was                   Park, where 250,000 people go to look at the thousands of cherry
great. When 400 pounds of charging wrestler meets another 400                 trees. We were there two years ago and were awed by the people as
pounds of wrestler going in the other direction, it makes quite a             much as by the beauty of the trees. We wandered around for several
noise. We also saw the Vancouver Canucks play the Ducks in the                hours and eventually were invited to join a “company party.” The
1998 season opener at Yoyogi sports gym. It was great and the                 group that we joined came from a printing company and although
Canucks actually won.                                                         we couldn’t speak enough Japanese and they couldn’t speak enough
                                                                              English for anyone to actually say anything interesting, we had a
We try to balance our recreation between day trips, biking and                great time and lots of “Kampaies.”
overnight excursions. One of the great things about this 7,000 year
old culture, is that every week there is a festival somewhere nearby.         One of our favorite activities is visiting onsens. An onsen is a bath
Some festivals are as simple as viewing flowering plants or trees. The        that is continuously fed with hotspring water. The Japanese are
                                                                              fanatics about onsens and most onsens are absolutely beautiful, and
                                                                              pride themselves in the ambience and view that they afford the
                                                                              bathers. When we get back to Canada we will probably miss onsens
                                                                              more than anything else.

                                                                              The Japanese tend to take very action packed, quick vacations. It is
                                                                              common to ask someone “How was your vacation?” and get an
                                                                              answer like “Great, I went to Paris, Spain, New York and Los
                                                                              Angeles!” Sounds like a great trip eh? The catch is, they do it in one
                                                                              week. Because Japanese vacations are extremely rushed and expen-
                                                                              sive, and given that we have about five months of vacation a year, we
                                                                              had to find a cheaper, longer alternative. That proved to be camping.
                                                                              We bought camping gear (at Sports Traders) in Fort St. John before
                                                                              we left and have really made good use of it. Japan is a great place for
                                                                              camping because: (1)The campsites are clean, very well serviced and
                                                                              often free. (2)You can leave your stuff in the tent all day and not
                                                                              worry about someone pinching it. (3)There is always a store nearby
                                                                              so you don’t have to haul food. (4)There is always an onsen or sento
                                                                              (public bath-house) nearby so hygiene is no problem.

                                                                              Well it is time to bring this update to an end. We wish you all a
                                                                              belated Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Y2K bug free
                                                                              New Year.
                                                                                                                                     David and Pat
                                                                                                                                 Tokyo Jan 8, 2000


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                                                                                            R E C E N T       AWA R D             &
                                                                                          G R A N T         R E C I P I E N TS


                                                                                        BC University Scholar’s Grant

                                                                                        Maureen Adam           SFU                China

                                                                                        Christopher Barnes     UVic         Hong Kong

                                                                                        Mandakranta Bose       UBC                 India

                                                                                        Susan Forwell          UBC               Mexico

                                                                                        Joi Freed-Garrod       SFU                China

                                                                                        M. Kaui Keliipio       SFU                Japan

                                                                                        Masao Nakamura         UBC                Japan

                                                                                        Jerry Schmidt          UBC                 India

                                                                                        Mahesh Upadhyaya       UBC        India/Malaysia

                                                                                        Eric West              RRU          Hong Kong

Through the BC Centre for International       BC students and faculty. This study       BC College Scholars’ Grant
Education (BCCIE), the Ministry of Ad-        will survey past student recipients to
vanced Education, Training and Technol-       determine how their international         Elizabeth Astill       Malaspina         Taiwan
ogy provides grants and awards to public      study experience has influenced
post-secondary students, faculty and pro-     their lives in regards to their career,   Sam Bailey             Malaspina       Thailand
fessional staff to study and work overseas.   academic, and social/cultural skills.
Participants have an opportunity to expand    The study will also determine how         Michael MacColl        UCFV               Japan
                                              faculty have utilized their experience
their knowledge of other societies and
                                              to internationalize their classrooms      BC Asia Pacific College Students’ Award
languages,to establish working relation-      and campuses.
ships and to forge friendships with people
                                                                                        Christine Bellerose    Langara         Vietnam
from Mexico, Chile and the Asia Pacific re-   Utilizing Student and Faculty
gion. These awards and grants contribute      Reports:                                  Sean Coggins           Capilano           Japan
to the long-term development of social, po-   Every year, up-to-date information
litical and economic ties between these       about student life, living conditions,    BCCIE International Student Grant
countries and BC.                             costs of living and special experi-
                                              ences are generated by the Final          Zandra Bear            Malaspina           India
Award and Grant, Student and                  Reports of the Awards and Grants
Faculty Outcomes                              recipients. BCCIE will begin to           Micheline Bell         Capilano          Bhutan
The Asia Pacific Awards and Inter-            make these reports available for
national Grants program has made              general access on our web site. This      Ben Clinton-Baker      Camosun           Mexico
significant contributions over the            resource will become a key source
years to the development of interna-          for student and faculty preparation       Jason Constantine      Camosun            Japan
tional competencies for BC students           for overseas study – whether they are
and faculty.                                  going with our program’s support or       Sarah Cotton           Camosun            Japan
                                              independently.v
Over the next year, a study will be
                                                                                        Katherine Pickering    OUC               Mexico
undertaken to examine the impact
of the awards and grants program on
                                                                                        Angela Price           Camosun            Japan


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                                                                                                                      tions”. As well, all of the children partici-
                                                                                                                      pated in some of the local after-school
                                                                                                                      language classes on a fairly regular basis.
                                                                                                                      The teachers were grateful for their help
                                                                                                                      and I was delighted by the children’s
by Madeline Hardin                                                    The experience of teaching in a Japanese        increased ability to speak Nihongo.
                                                                      classroom is challenging for North Ameri-
from the University College of                                        cans who are used to a great deal of student    All four of the children had a life-changing
the Fraser Valley                                                     interaction. As David Wyatt, one of the         experience and they all vow to return to
                                                                      former exchange instructors at Takudai put      Japan some day. Here is an excerpt from
                                                                      it, “I always used to attribute my success in   one of my letters home:
Madeline Hardin, an Asia Pacific Scholar’s                            the classroom to my own teaching ability.
Grant recipient, spent three and a half                               Now that I’ve taught in Japan, I know that      It’s almost impossible to wrap words around
months teaching Canadian Studies, Econom-                             my successes in the Canadian classroom is       how I’m feeling. I’m in love with the people
ics and Agriculture in Fukagawa, Japan.                               because of the students.”                       and the place. I am bathed in the warm,
While her primary activity was teaching at                                                                            humid air; just as I am bathed in the
Takushoku University, Hokkaido Community                              I, too, am used to a great deal of student      graciousness of my hosts. I am feeling joy,
College, her equally significant secondary                            interaction, so students who would never        restlessness, and a bit of anxiety about getting
activity was conducting community relations.                          answer a question presented a challenge. I      the children packed and ready to go. They
                                                                               did discover that if I asked my        arrive in Canada on Saturday the 26th. Their
                                                                               students to put their questions in     three-month sojourn has passed like the blink
                                                                               writing (in Nihongo/Japanese) that     of an eye. I know they are feeling like they do/
                                                                               many rich questions would be           don’t want to go, just as I am feeling the same
                                                                               handed in. These questions were        confusing conflict of emotions.
                                                                               then translated by one of the
                                                                               interpreters.                          So, under the heading of community
                                                                                                                      relations we attended International Day, a
                                                                              Like my predecessors, the most          welcome dinner with the International
                                                                              delightful secondary benefit of this    Friendship Society of Fukugawa, we met
                                                                              experience was that I learned a         with the vice-mayor, the Mayor, and we
                                                                              great deal about Canada and             participated in local festivals, etc. As well, I
                                                                              Canadian history.                       gave a speech to the Japanese Association of
                                                                                                                      Canadian Studies in Sapporo. It was a busy
                                                                              Community Relations                     but very agreeable time.
                                                                              I came to Fukugawa with two teen
                                                                              sons in tow - Jacob, 13 and Karl,       I think it is obvious from the enthusiasm of
                                                                              16. I also had two nieces visit for     this report that I think this exchange is an
 Madeleine Hardin (left) and Karen Massier (right), a student who
 received a grant from BCCIE last year). We’re in a Ryokan (Inn) in           three weeks each; - Annika, 13 and      extraordinary opportunity for the partici-
 Western Hokkaido.                                                    Katherine, 16. We knew that we were all         pants. I would be happy to talk to anyone
                                                                      there to get to know the community and to       who is contemplating going to Takushoku.
Madeline lived with her two children and                              participate as fully as possible in our
periodically her two nieces in Hokkaido. In                           temporary new home.                                                      v       v       v
this article she describes some of her scholarly
activity and her successes with being wel-                            Mayor Kawano acted on our
comed into the community, in part because of                          behalf and persuaded the local
her children’s presence.                                              high schools to take my children
                                                                      “free of charge”. This was a
Teaching                                                              wonderful opportunity for the
I taught two sections of Canadian Studies;                            children, and it was a good
Economics (75 students) and Agriculture                               opportunity for Fukugawa too.
(3 students). For all of these classes I used a                       The children primarily attended
lecture format [and an interpreter]. I was                            English classes at a total of three
expected to be on campus four days a week.                            high schools. At all of the schools
                                                                      they were greeted warmly,
Working with an interpreter was a new                                 introduced, and befriended.
experience for me. I learned two things
from the process. One, it is important to                             My children really integrated into
speak slowly and clearly. Two, it is a good                           the community, and through
idea to type your lectures so that the                                them I made many friends and
interpreter can have a copy, and so that the                          contacts. We were all involved in
lecturer doesn’t lose track during the                                International Day (a community
constant ebb and flow of interruption.                                                                                Katherine Searle, Karl Hardin and friends at the Fukagawa train station.
                                                                      event for students learning
                                                                      English) where we were the local “attrac-


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                                            Maintaining the Momentum: The Internationalization of
                                            British Columbia’s Public Post-Secondary Institutions
                                            Karen McKellin, 1998, 93pp; Report on the
March 9, 2000                               internationalization of BC public post-secondary institutions.
BCCIE Consular Reception
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2065               Preparing Graduates for the Future: International
5:00-7:00pm                                 Learning Outcomes
Contact: Jacqueline Bedard                  Dale Stanley, Joan Mason, 1997, 61pp; Report identifies the
T: (250)978-4242 F: (250)978-4249           international knowledge, skills and abilities needed by post-
E: bccie@bccie.bc.ca                        secondary graduates.
March 10, 2000                              Anticipating the Future: Workshops and Resources for
BCCIE Membership Meeting                    Internationalizing the Post-Secondary Campus (Second
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1400-1410          Edition)
8:30am-3:00pm                               Karen McKellin, 1996, 202pp; Facilitator’s guide for leading
Contact: Jacqueline Bedard                  workshops and discussions on internationalization.
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May 24-27, 2000                             Anne Francis, 1993, 70pp; Report documents findings of
World Education Market                      surveys and interviews at BC public post-secondary
see page 12 for details                     institutions and provides a review of the literature.
Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre
Contact: info@wemex.com
web site: www.wemex.com                     INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION MARKETING
                                            International Marketing: Education Products
June 5-7, 2000                              and Services
BCCIE Summer Institute                      Cathy Cameron, 1997, 71pp; Self-study international
“Innovations in Internationalization: New   marketing handbook for Canadian educational institutions.
Directions”
see page 12 for details                     Potential for International Education Activity in Chile
SFU Harbour Centre                          Jane Martin, 1996, 49pp; Report provides background
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September 14-15, 2000                       Developing and Managing Education Abroad Programs
BCCIE Membership Meeting                    Martha Kertesz, March, 2000; Handbooks provide an
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