News 2014

RIDDELL FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES PRESENTS: INCREASING RISK: LOWERING THE RESOURCE – HAZARD THRESHOLD IN MOUNTAIN REGION

Dr. James Gardner
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
320 Sinnott Building

High mountain regions are prone, perhaps disproportionately so, to disasters arising from natural and other hazards. There, risk of disaster is high due to inherent geo-ecological processes and conditions, and the exposure of vulnerable populations, land uses and infrastructure. Many of the conditions and processes that prove to be hazardous also are resources that have attracted people, land uses and infrastructure. For example, a river that supplies water, power, transport and recreation may, when in flood, drown people, destroy settlements and crops, and disrupt all civil and other activity, producing a disaster. Thresholds, defined by geo- and social-ecological conditions, distinguish between resource and hazard. Using case studies from the Canadian Rocky Mountains, European Alps, Indian Himalaya, Peruvian Andes, and Hengduan Mountains of Southwest China, this presentation will describe the dynamic character and spatial and temporal variability of the resource-hazard thresholds in high mountain regions. In doing so, it will demonstrate and explain that risk of disaster, while variable, has increased substantially.

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(be) World W.I.S.E. Fall Edition 2014
October 29, 2014

From the International Centre for Students at the University of Manitoba, the (be) World WISE Magazine features the amazing stories and photographs of students who are exploring the world and their places in it. Reflections on student exchange programs, service-learning, internships, field experiences, and intercultural transitions are celebrated.


 GET ME OUT OF HERE: HOW TO FIND YOUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE (Discussion Panel)
Tuesday, November 4th - P412 Duff Roblin
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Presented by: International Office    

Interested in working internationally? Come hear U of M professors and staff with extensive international work experience talk about their overseas adventures and tips for kick-starting your international career. Presentations will be followed by a Q & A session and a list of useful links and resources will be available.

Panelists:  Dr. Judith Scanlan (Faculty of Nursing), Dr. Jerome Cranston (Faculty of Education), Dr. Shauna Labman (Faculty of Law), Ms. Amber Pohl (Asper Student Exchange Coordinator)

For more information: http://umanitoba.ca/student/wow or contact:

Patricia Maruschak
Co-ordinator International Agreements
International Office
474-7374


IAU PALGRAVE PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITION
October 23, 2014 

Palgrave Prize in Higher Education Policy Research 2014-15 Essay Competition Theme Internationalization of Higher Education: Moving beyond mobility.

Thanks to, and in partnership with, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, publisher of the Association’s research and reference works, the International Association of Universities (IAU) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 IAU/Palgrave Prize in Higher Education Policy Research.

The aim of this Prize is to promote research in the field of higher education policy by recognizing outstanding work on a particular theme by a scholar from an IAU Member Institution or Organisation.

The theme of the 2014-15 competition is “Internationalization of Higher Education: Moving beyond mobility”, and is linked to the theme of the IAU 2015 International Conference taking place at the University of Siena, Siena, Italy, 28 – 30 October 2015.

Form more information click here.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2015: ERASMUS+ PROGRAM
October 23, 2014

Europe must equip its citizens with the education, skills and creativity that they need in a knowledge society. The world is changing fast, and education systems need to modernise and adapt to new ways of teaching and learning and embrace the new opportunities that exist. Education, training and non-formal youth learning are key to creating jobs and improving Europe's competitiveness. That's why Erasmus+ will make a key contribution to addressing these challenges.

For more information visit the website.


JACAC STUDENT FORUM - APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 24, 2014
October 21. 2014

The theme of this year’s Student Forum is: “Youth, Work, and a New World in the Making.” Participants will work in groups to address issues and questions such as; (i) What are the expectations of the young toward work, (ii) What is the responsibility of the Government regarding employment, and what is their role regarding the development of the economy and job creation; and (iii) What are the responsibilities of companies and other public/private organizations with regard to young workers? Hosted by Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, the Forum will run from March 1 – 7, 2015.

With mixed-teams involving students from both Canadian and Japanese universities, the forum consists of the following:

Expert Lectures & discussions based on them 
Group work based on different topics
Pre-assignment to prepare for group work
Final presentations
Final individual report

All activities will be carried out in English. We will be inviting students from a wide variety of academic fields so that the discussion will be as interdisciplinary as possible.
The participants will be provided with the following:

Transportation

Participants from Japan: Round-trip transportation expenses from the nearest international airport to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Ground transportation in Canada and Japan is not included.
Participants from Canada: Round-trip transportation expenses (express train or airplane) from home city to Quebec.

Accommodation

Accommodation expenses in Canada (a room-sharing accommodation facility will be booked for the participants)

The participants are responsible for the following expenses:

Meals
Local transportation expenses, which are unrelated to the program
Incidental expenses at accommodation
Passport and Visa acquisition fees
Travel insurance

Please see the following website for application details: http://www.jacac.com/what-we-do/annual-forum/

For more information contact:

Patricia Maruschak
Co-ordinator International Agreements
International Office
474-7374


COMPETITION OPEN: CANADIAN QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIPS
October 9, 2014

AUCC is pleased to announce the launch of the call for proposals for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program which will help develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders, both locally and globally. AUCC will accept a maximum of two project proposals per member institution. Based on the institutional restriction with submitting applications for this funding, the International Office will coordinate the internal submission process.

Proposals for up to $500,000 over 4 years will be received from universities who are able to put forward a cohesive plan that incorporates multiple facilities, multiple units and participates in all 3 aspects of program funding 1) Scholarships for Canadian students to Commonwealth countries 2) Internships for Canadian students to Commonwealth countries 3) Scholarships for students from the Commonwealth to study at Canadian universities. The proposed funding has a definite development purpose with restrictions to countries eligible for CDN ODA in Commonwealth States.

For further details on the scholarship program and application forms, click here.

Please contact Tara in the International Office (formerly the Office of International Relations) for further details on the UM’s internal application process for this call.

Internal Deadline: November 5, 2014

Information Meeting on DJSP:
Wednesday, October. 15th 
Faculty of Nursing
210 Helen Glass Centre
11:00-12:30
RSVP to Tara Cleve

For more information contact:
Tara Cleve
International Office
537 University Centre
(204) 474-6836  


SCIENCE TOUR "RESEARCH IN GERMANY" 2014
Modelling the Future Understanding Global Challenges through Computer-Based Modelling and Simulation | 30 November - 6 December 2014 July 29,2014
 
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites foreign researchers and administrators from universities and research institutes to participate in a tour of cutting-edge research facilities in northern Germany which specialize in the field of modelling future scenarios. The tour will cover a range of interdisciplinary topics related to the use of modelling techniques. 

For more information click here


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN NEW ZEALAND
June 6, 2014  

Under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), a number of scholarships are offered by the New Zealand CSFP Committee, administered by Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara. These scholarships are available at the doctoral level in all disciplines. Programs with higher than normal fees are not supported under the CSFP.

Competition: Open for the 2015 academic year

Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers

Deadline: July 22, 2014

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The scholarships are tenable at the following New Zealand universities:  

Program Link:
For more details and frequently asked questions, please see the following link

Please contact the Office of International Relations for further details:

Tara Cleve
Internationalization Officer
(204) 474-6836


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MITACS GLOBALINK 2015 GRADUATE RESEARCH INTERNS
May 9, 2014

Mitacs Globalink offers Canadian faculty members in science, engineering, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences the opportunity to work with exceptional senior undergraduate students from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam over a 12-week research project from May to September 2015.

Deadline for Applications: June 18, 2014

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Program Link: For more details and frequently asked questions, click here.

Faculty members may submit as many projects as desired. Fill in the online application form on this link by June 18, 2014.

Please contact the Office of International Relations for further details:

Tara Cleve
Internationalization Officer
(204) 474-6836


AUCC INTERNATIONAL NEWS LETTER
April 30, 2014


2015 ARTS, HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES & EDUCATION CONFERENCE
January 3, 4, 5, & 6 Honolulu, Hawaii
April 30, 2014

Call for Papers/ Proposal /Abstracts/Submissions
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2014

The 2015 Hawaii University International Conferences (HUIC) on Education and STEM welcomes and invites papers (in English only) from all areas of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and related fields. The conference will be held from June 16 to 18 (Monday through Wednesday) at the Ala Moana Hotel, in Honolulu Hawaii.

The conference main objective is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, and academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development in their related fields.

For more information click here.


LAUNCH OF FRENCH EMBASSY- AUCC TRAVEL GRANT
April 11, 2014

The French Embassy and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) are pleased to announce the launch of a new travel grant for Canadian undergraduate students pursuing short-term studies in France. The French Embassy – AUCC Travel Grant is valued at $1500 CAD. Any student in the second, third or fourth year of their Bachelor’s program, pursuing a for-credit activity in France, for up to four months in 2014, is eligible. For-credit activities include university exchange programs and for-credit internships. This grant allows Canadian students to further their academic growth while gaining valuable international experience in a French-speaking environment.
 
This year, 10 travel grants will be awarded. The application deadline is Monday, May 19, 2014. Application requirements are outlined in the Application and Approval Forms. Please share this information with any potentially interested students as well as your university’s international and financial awards offices.



G20 YOUTH FORUM 2014
May 7 - 14, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany

The G20 Youth Forum will be the largest international event organized for young leaders in 2014, and over 1200 young leaders, students and academics, representatives of the business world and parliaments will be participating in it.

For more information click here.

For Media and News updates click here.


 
IAU: BUILDING A WORLDWIDE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY
E-Bulletin - Vol. 11, No 03, April 2014 
 

EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION TO CANADA NEWSLETTER
March 2014


COMPETITION OPEN: STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
March 27, 2014

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is pleased to launch the competition for Student Exchange Programs (SEPs) for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Canadian institutions are invited to submit applications for college, undergraduate, and graduate students and researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean as well as faculty and international liaison officers from the CARICOM who wish to come to Canada for a short-term study or research exchange.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is pleased to launch the competition for Student Exchange Programs (SEPs) for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Canadian institutions are invited to submit applications for college, undergraduate, and graduate students and researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean as well as faculty and international liaison officers from the CARICOM who wish to come to Canada for a short-term study or research exchange.

Please contact Tara Cleve in the Office of International Relations for all further details on the UM application process for the DFATD Student Exchange Programs for the 2014-15 academic year.

Internal Deadline: April 18, 2014

Program Links:

For more information contact: 
Tara Cleve
Internationalization Officer
Office of International Relations
537 University Centre
Tara.Cleve@umanitoba.ca 
(204) 474-6836


UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA AND BRAZIL PARTNERS IN SCIENCE WITHOUT BORDERS
February 14, 2014

Launched by the Brazilian government in 2011, the Science without Borders (SwB) scholarship program aims to send more than 100,000 Brazilian students abroadto study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by 2015.

Managed and administered by the Faculty of Extended Education, the SwB program at the University of Manitoba’s (UM) is the second largest recipients of Brazilian undergraduate students across Canada. In 2012-2013 UM received 120 students and, subsequently, 145 in 2013-2014.

Science without Borders has been an incredible experience. I was able to improve my English language skills, study and research at an excellent university, meet new people and discover the natural and cultural beauty of Canada. It has left me with memories that will last a lifetime. I encourage any Brazilian student interested in studying abroad to experience the exciting and challenging adventure of Science without Borders.  Simone da Silva Rosa (SwB 2012-2013)
Studying at UM was both exciting and challenging. I not only gained a vast amount of knowledge in my area of study, but also the essential skills and confidence that will surely make a difference in the success of my professional career. The professors are highly competent and very available to students. Prof. Mario Tenuta was really motivating and inspiring, and had real interest in facilitating the learning of his students, offering his time and patience whenever I needed. Furthermore, my internship at the UM Soil Science Department under Prof. Francis Zvomuya was the most valuable learning experience in my professional life. It gave me the opportunity to conduct research. With that, I learned to appreciate all the work that is required to generate high quality research, as well as the confidence to design my own experiments. I won the third prize in the Applied Sciences Category of UM Undergraduate Research Poster Competition, largely due to the guidance and direction of Prof. Zvomuya, and some assistance from other students. I felt so happy because all of my hard work was recognized. I am very grateful to UM, and will have an excellent memory of all the faculty and staff who were always there to answer my questions and assist me during my studies. Fernanda Gouvea Pereira (SwB 2012-2013)
Despite the challenges of implementing an international scholarship program of this magnitude, Science without Borders has been extremely successful at the University of Manitoba. Close collaboration between Extended Education and several participating faculties and schools has ensured the successful integration of Brazilian undergraduate students at our institution. Indeed, it has been a rewarding experience for both Brazilian students and us here at the UM. 
Stephen Rice (Program Coordinator, Science without Borders, UM Extended Education)

For more information about SwB please visit http://umanitoba.ca/sciencewithoutborders/undergrad/    


EUROPEAN UNION 2015 EUROPEAN UNION VISITOR'S PROGRAMME
February 12, 2014

We would like to invite you to recommend young Canadian leaders for participation in the 2015 edition of the European Union Visitor's Programme (EUVP).

Your letter of recommendation must be accompanied by a fully completed application form, an up-to-date CV, and a brief (about 4 paragraphs) presentation of the subjects he/she is particularly interested in studying and how it would related to her/his career, duly filled out by your nominee.

For information about the programme and on how to apply, click here.  


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MITACS GLOBALINK MENTORS FOR SUMMER 2014
February 12, 2014 UM will be hosting international research interns for 12 weeks this summer as part of the Mitacs Globalink.

Mitacs Globalink is currently hiring undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students to be Globalink Mentors at UM for either a $1400 or $1700 paid position.  Mentors are expected to work an average of 5 hours per week and their main role is to provide support to Globalink program participants throughout the summer.  For more details on the posting, please the Job Description.

Working as a Globalink Mentor is a rewarding experience where students can showcase their university and city to top quality, undergraduate students from various countries.

TO APPLY:
Please email your resume and cover letter to globalinkhire@mitacs.ca. Deadline is Monday February 24, 2014.  Early applications are strongly encouraged.

For more information contact:

Helen Sophia Chua Balderama
Internationalization Officer, OIR and
Chair, UM-MacJannet Prize 2014 Selection Committee
Helen.Balderama@umanitoba.ca 
(204) 474-6836 


UM PLAYED HOST TO MANITOBA’S NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS ON ASIA
February 7, 2014

The Manitoba leg of the National Conversation on Asia (NCA) series was hosted and organized by the University of Manitoba (UM) in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF).

In the morning of 23rd of January 2014, President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard (UM) and Mr. Yuen Pau Woo (APF CEO and President) hosted the Roundtable Discussion Manitoba and Asia: The Way Forward. It gathered senior officials from Manitoba government and the community: Ministry of Education and Advanced Learning; Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.; Manitoba Trade and Investment; The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centre Winnipeg; Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism; Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; Chinese Cultural Centre and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Manitoba. They were joined by senior officials and fellows from APF: David Mulroney (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto), Kasi Rao (VP and Director, Toronto Office) and Douglas Goold (Director, National Conversation on Asia and Senior Editor).

Roundtable discussion

Ron Hoffmann (UM alumna and Director General of Strategic Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, DFATD) joined the Roundtable as one of the commentators and echoed Asia’s growing importance for Canada and the Federal government. Increasing Canada’s economic and political engagement in Asia is one of DFATD’s top 5 priorities for 2013-2014[1]. Asia presents opportunities for diversifying Manitoba’s export and import markets. The roundtable participants recognized the need for cross cultural understanding to facilitate engagement and business partnerships with the region. 

More than 70 faculty members, students and staff attended the afternoon session themed The Rise of Asia: Are We Ready? David Mulroney shared the highlights of Canada’s Asia Challenge: Creating Competence for the Next Generation of Canadians (a Report of the Asia Competence Task Force, which he co-chairs with Janet De Silva). Representatives of UM Students’ Union (UMSU), Students Without Borders Vietnam (SWB/ICS), Asper School of Business/Association of Chinese Professors in Manitoba (ACPMB) and Asian Studies Centre (UM Faculty of Arts) provided feedback to the report. Thao Lam, UMSU Vice President, acknowledged UM’s efforts at celebrating cultural diversity and shared that a large part of developing cultural understanding is the result of personal interaction. “The ability to immerse oneself in a culture is the best way to learn,” said Caitlin Bailey (SWB/ICS), who encouraged her fellow students to venture into international opportunities, to broaden their horizons, develop intercultural skills and practice what they’ve learned at UM. Listen to the audio of the event:

David Mulroney, Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Task Force on Asia Competence and Canada’s former Ambassador to China.

Rise of Asia Panelists Victor Cui, Bill Lee and David Mulroney.


DAAD CANADA FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER 
February 3, 2014



IAU: BUILDING A WORLDWIDE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY

January/February E-Bulletin 2014 


UM AND MACJANNET PRIZE 2014: CELEBRATING STUDENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
January 29, 2014

On the 24th of January 2014, President David Barnard endorsed two of University of Manitoba’s (UM) outstanding community engagement programs to MacJannet Prize 2014.  The MacJannet Prize was established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation to recognize, encourage and support exceptional student community engagement and community service at Talloires Network member universities.

A Selection Committee comprised of faculty, staff and students, and chaired by the Office of International Relations (OIR), has selected the Rec & Read and CanU out of 5 outstanding program submissions from the university community.

Rec’ and Read enlists underrepresented students in the education process through an afterschool mentorship program/course offered at participating inner city high schools. Through the program, university and community mentors work with high school mentors to plan and deliver a weekly after-school physical activity, nutrition, and education program for early years’ students.

Through the CanU program, nearly 300 UM are engaged in mentoring and giving leadership to younger students through fun, educational programs. From nutrition to music, science to creative arts, these children discover and develop passions that inspire themselves and those around them. CanU’s goal is to build confidence and hope in these young people, so that they are empowered and equipped to build bright and successful futures.

For more information contact:

Helen Sophia Chua Balderama
Internationalization Officer, OIR and
Chair, UM-MacJannet Prize 2014 Selection Committee
Helen.Balderama@umanitoba.ca 
(204) 474-6836  


AUCC INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STRATEGY LAUNCH
January 15, 2014
 
The federal government’s International Education Strategy was announced today at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone.  We are pleased that Canada has committed to a comprehensive international education strategy that will significantly strengthen our country’s international reputation for excellence in higher education and research.
 
The strategy reflects the vision and many of the recommendations made by the Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy, chaired by Dr. Amit Chakma of Western University. AUCC and its members played a significant role in providing input to the federal government to encourage the panel’s broad vision for international education.
 
AUCC staff will continue to work with senior officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to advance implementation and leverage the commitments made in today’s announcement.
 
For more information please consult a backgrounder that provides details of the announcement, along with a news release by AUCC and a joint release by the Canadian Consortium for International Education, made up of AUCC, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Languages Canada, and the Canadian Association of Public Schools – International.
 
Please contact Rachel Lindsey, senior policy analyst at rlindsey@aucc.ca or 613-563-3961 ext. 280, for further information.

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