Summary: Message from the President December 2008
I was recently invited to the semester-end "Great Debate" by senior students in our English-as-a-
Second-Language program. As I spoke to the students and their instructors after the debate, I was
once again reminded how very close we are on our campus to every part of the world, and how
fortunate we are to have these connections.
There are just over 300 students in ESL at the University of Regina, from countries as far away as
China, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia just to name a few! With more than 1,000
international undergraduate and graduate students registered for programs, and dozens of visiting
scholars and guests who come here every year, it's clear that our University is a highly
internationalized environment. Students, faculty and staff from all cultures come here to study, learn,
conduct research, teach and exchange knowledge. Walk down the hallways on any given day and you
are certain to hear a multitude of languages.
This rich environment provides us with a unique opportunity to learn from and share with each other
at every turn, and develop a truly international perspective. This is critical if we are to educate leaders
who can envision solutions to complex world issues issues that s ometimes seem remote yet at other
times touch our daily lives. The global economic downturn is only the latest evidence that we are
interconnected in every way.
When we talk about developing an international perspective in education, it's important that o ur
curriculum reflect global knowledge that is constantly changing. Our International Studies Degree is a
good example. This interdisciplinary program combines courses from the various departments in the