Nov. 14, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following message was issued today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, in recognition of the ninth annual International Education Week, Nov. 17-21:
"International Education Week allows New Brunswick's community colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions to promote the benefits of international education.
"International education and exchange offers students and faculty a means to better understand world issues and strengthen international understanding by learning new languages, experiencing new cultures, and sharing best practices.
"The 2008 theme, Promoting Global Citizenship, promotes the importance of international and cultural knowledge as we live and work together as a global community. By adding an international element to education and training, we better prepare our students for today's increasingly interdependent world.
"International education plays a critical role in our efforts to provide a bright future for all Canadians. I encourage all schools, campuses and communities alike to openly recognize the value of a global perspective."
International Education Week is designed to showcase the significant contribution that international education makes worldwide. International educational experiences prepare Canadians for the global environment, and support Canada's efforts to engage effectively on the international stage.
International Education Week in Canada is scheduled for the third week of November to coincide with the timing of international education celebrations to be held in more than 85 countries.
For more information on International Education Week, visit http://www.iew-sei.ca/en/index.htm.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.