Summary: President's Message January 2011
Welcome back to a new semester and to the beginning of 2011!
As we continue our work on the strategic plan,mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our People, Our
Communities, I am committed to building and promoting experiential learning including global
opportunities for all students.
As the Chair of the Board for the Canadian Bureau of International Education, I strongly believe that the
best university is one in which students from many different countries and cultures come together to
share ideas and learn from each other. Our curriculum reflects the ever-changing international
perspective and we provide many opportunities for international students to learn on campus and for
local students to explore the world beyond.
The Faculty of Arts'International StudiesProgram is just one exampleof internationally-focused
education available at the University.This interdisciplinary program combines courses from various
departments encouraging students to learn about and understand global processes and structures that
connect countries and regions of the world. The program allows students to studyfromfive different
concentrations: Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Development Studies and
The University has 340 studentsfrom countries as far away as China, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Thailand and
SaudiArabiaregistered in English as a Second Language (ESL) in the wintersemester. We are also home
to a growing number ofinternational undergraduate and graduate studentsfrom over 65 countries
the University has more than 1400 international students and dozens of visiting scholars from around