Nov. 17, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following message was issued today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault to highlight the 10th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 16 - 20:
International Education Week is a very special opportunity - both for the province's community colleges and its universities - to promote international education and thus recognize the resources that an international education may contribute to a community.
One of the 33 priorities in our Action plan to transform post-secondary education in New Brunswick puts education and training at the centre of international action of New Brunswick.
In addition to promoting citizenship at the world level, international education is a fundamental vehicle for the promotion of citizen responsibility in that each learner represents at his or her university or community college and in his or her community.
For this reason, our government is committed to developing a provincial strategy on international education in co-operation with public post-secondary education institutions.
Students of post-secondary and university institutions that open their doors to the world are the first to be enriched. These students have the opportunity to come in contact with other languages, cultures, and societies, undeniably adding to their base of knowledge.
This year's theme, Promoting Global Citizenship, supports the importance of creating communities with an international outlook because they will prepare the citizens of tomorrow to interact, notably by establishing a form of education that will take root all over the world.
The goal of IEW is to foster within Canadians a better understanding of this kind of learning as well as its advantages for Canada and Canadian teaching institutions.
IEW, celebrated in more than 85 countries during the third week of November, 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. This opportunity to exchange experiences and share cultures enhances learning opportunities for New Brunswickers and our international students.
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.