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International Journal 73:1 (March 2018), pp. 146-157

Based on the report of the Study Group on Global Education, this article explains why Canada needs a national strategy aimed at significantly increasing the number of Canadian post-secondary students going abroad for study and work-integrated learning experiences. International education may once have been viewed as an optional luxury. Now it must be seen as a vital tool to equip young Canadians – and Canada – to succeed in a more complex and competitive world.

Related document: Report of the Study Group on Global Education (Nov. 2017)

Le plus gros client du Canada, les États-Unis, se réoriente vers le protectionnisme. Les puissances émergentes transforment l’économie mondiale. L’intolérance s’accroît, y compris au Canada. La technologie révolutionne la nature du travail.

Nous nous devons de préparer les jeunes Canadiens à relever ces défis. Nous aurons besoin d’eux pour établir des liens à l’échelle mondiale, élargir et diversifier nos relations de commerce, préserver les valeurs d’ouverture et de tolérance, et s’accomplir dans leurs rôles d’employé et d’entrepreneur au sein de l’économie de demain.

L’éducation internationale fait partie de la solution. L’apprentissage à l’étranger — dans les salles de classes ou les stages de travail — favorise les compétences du 21e siècle que les entreprises canadiennes recherchent chez les employés : adaptabilité, résilience, travail d’équipe, conscience interculturelle et compétences en communication. Les étudiants qui participent aux programmes à l’étranger ont davantage tendanc...

November 9, 2017

I spoke to CBC Radio about the findings of the Global Education for Canadians report.

Published by The Globe and Mail.

Canada's biggest customer, the United States, is veering towards protectionism. Rising powers are transforming the global economy. Intolerance is on the rise, including in Canada. Technology is revolutionizing the nature of work.

We must prepare young Canadians to meet these challenges. We will need them to build Canada's global connections, expand and diversify our trade relationships, uphold the values of openness and tolerance, and succeed as employees and entrepreneurs in the economy of tomorrow.

International education is part of the answer. Learning abroad – in classrooms or in work trainee-ships – fosters the 21st century skills that Canadian companies say they want in employees: adaptability, resilience, teamwork, intercultural awareness and communication skills. Students who learn abroad are more likely to complete their degrees and graduate with higher grades. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds have the most to gain.

These are the conclusions of...

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