CBIE and BCCIE to expand international education collaboration

NOVEMBER 20, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

Ottawa, ON — Yesterday, at its annual conference in Ottawa, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) renewed its commitment to collaboration with the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE). CBIE’s Larissa Bezo was joined for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Randall Martin of BCCIE. “CBIE and BCCIE have a longstanding relationship and shared commitment to ...

Indigenizing post-secondary education in BC

NOVEMBER 15, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

2018 Intercultural Symposium session explores how classrooms, institutions, and faculty can support the indigenization of post-secondary schools and institutions What can British Columbia’s post-secondary schools and institutions do better when it comes to supporting indigenization? Aurelia Kinslow, Indigenous Curriculum Consultant at Langara College, says a lot of work still needs to be done at every level, from leadership to staff. ...

Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia host Team BC fall mission

NOVEMBER 6, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

A group of delegates from institutions and school districts across British Columbia travelled to Southeast Asia this fall for a coordinated BCCIE and Team BC mission. The mission took place over a three-week period and started in the Philippines with stops in Manila and Cebu, then to Vietnam with visits in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and ended in Indonesia in the cities of Surabaya and Jakarta. Of primary interest to the BC education sector ...

Team BC Fall China Mission

OCTOBER 31, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

In support of BC’s International Education sector, BCCIE coordinated a Team BC Mission to China from October 20–28, 2018. The mission took place during the China Education Expo (CEE), the largest event dedicated to international student recruitment in China. BCCIE worked closely with Education Marketing Managers in China to offer BC value-added events, including recruitment, partnership building, and networking ...

Team BC Fall Mexico Mission

OCTOBER 16, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

BC and Mexico invest in future international education partnerships In support of BC’s International Education sector, BCCIE coordinated a Team BC Mission to Pachuca, Mérida, Puebla, and Mexico City, Mexico, from October 2–9, 2018. The purpose of the mission was to advance and strengthen sustainable relationships in the areas of reciprocal recruitment, collaboration, and partnership between BC and ...

New leaders appointed to BCCIE’s board of directors

OCTOBER 10, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

The BC Council for International Education is welcoming three new members to its board of directors this fall. With diverse experience in education and a long-standing tradition of community service, Shawn Chisholm, Dr. Michel Tarko, and Dr. Jay Yule bring valuable insight and experience to the BCCIE board. BCCIE’s board of directors oversees the organization’s mandate in advancing the international education interests of the ...

BCCIE recognized for fostering International Education partnerships between BC and China

OCTOBER 3, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

Canada China Business Excellence Awards honours industry leaders across the country Toronto, ON — The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) was recognized today at the Canada China Business Excellence Awards for its innovative and leadership role in expanding bilateral education partnerships between British Columbia and China. The Education Excellence Award is presented to an organization in the education sector that ...

BCSA Consortium member profile: BCIT

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018     Source: Chelsea Dibble

With widespread evidence of the personal, academic, and societal benefits of students completing study abroad programs, BCCIE is profiling members of the British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) Consortium. The BCSA Consortium is a group of BC post-secondary institutions that work together to encourage students to gain international academic experience by offering short-term study abroad programs across disciplines and countries around the ...

International Students: Navigating the Immigration Maze

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018     Source: BCCIE Events

Register for this workshop all about immigration, including how students transition to PR status.

Webinar on UMAP and Canada

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018     Source: BCCIE

Sign-up for a webinar hosted by BCCIE on the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Consortium and Canada. 

2018 International Conference on higher education held in HCMC

JULY 16, 2018     Source: The Saigon Times

The fourth Annual International Conference was held by SEAMEO RETRAC and BCCIE.

BC International Education Award winners for 2018

JUNE 19, 2018     Source: Jeff McDonald

Recipients are cross-section of International Education sector’s top talent  Vancouver, BC — Innovators, lifetime leaders and one rising star in the International Education sector were recognized for their accomplishments at British Columbia Council for International Education’s (BCCIE) Summer Conference. Barbara Martinez de Badulescu of the Vancouver Film School received the International Education Distinguished ...

BCCIE Summer Conference tackles tougher stuff in International Education

JUNE 15, 2018     Source: BCCIE

By the numbers, BC’s International Education sector is a dazzling success story, with well over 30,000 jobs created and over $3.5 billion annually into the provincial economy. More than that, inbound and outbound international students get tools and experiences to help them become global citizens with expanded world views. But issues like the sector’s impact on the environment, scooping up less-developed nations’ best and ...

Students winners of BC-China Award for Excellence gather in Vancouver

MAY 28, 2018     Source: BCCIE News

Fifteen student winners of the BC-China Award for Excellence gathered in Vancouver on Thursday, May 24 to celebrate. The BC-China Award for Excellence in Chinese was created by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and the Education Office of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver to help promote the study of Chinese language and culture. The award recognizes BC students who have attained a high ...

Sign-up for meetings with Education Marketing Managers and Trade Commissioners

MAY 2, 2018     Source: BCCIE

Interested in having a 1-on-1 meeting with an Education Marketing Manager or a Trade Commissioner? They will be available for meetings at Summer Conference 2018 on June 19 and June 20. Note: Sign-ups are only permitted for registered delegates of Summer Conference. Position Name Calendly Link Global Affairs Canada – TC, China Connie Li Global Affairs Canada – TC, Vietnam Tu Nguyen ...

Intercultural Competence is essential in internationalizing classrooms

MAY 1, 2018     Source: Mafalda Arias

Culture impacts everything we do, and this includes learning and teaching. When we observe the diverse composition of our classrooms, and the impact of campus and curricula internationalization, it is unquestionable that we need to be effective at facilitating learning and engaging students. To achieve this, we need to have intercultural competence. What is intercultural competence? Intercultural competence is our capacity to shift cultural ...

BC Council for International Education takes on Canadian secretariat role for Asia and Pacific university consortium

APRIL 16, 2018     Source: BCCIE

New secretariat helps smaller schools across Canada create student exchanges in 35 countries The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) has been appointed Canada’s national secretariat in the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Consortium. UMAP promotes student exchanges among 570 colleges and universities in 35 countries in Asia and on the Pacific Rim. The new secretariat role will see BCCIE market ...

Shaanxi educators explore BC post-secondary opportunities, recruit talent

APRIL 12, 2018     Source: BCCIE

Vancouver had a distinctly Shaanxi flavour last week. Some 50 delegates from 23 post-secondary institutions and government departments in the central Chinese province of Shaanxi came to Vancouver for the Explore International Education Opportunities in Shaanxi, China meeting on April 3 at SFU Harbour Centre. BCCIE and Ryerson Education Group co-hosted the meeting with support from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China. ...

First-ever Intercultural Summit in Cranbrook draws 100

MARCH 27, 2018     Source: BCCIE

In February, a hundred educators and staff from College of the Rockies and across British Columbia gathered at the college’s Cranbrook campus for an Intercultural Summit co-hosted by BCCIE and College of the Rockies. Attendees engaged in meaningful discussions around intercultural competencies and understanding in the BC landscape. These stemmed from insightful presentations by Kyra Garson (Thompson Rivers University), ...

Education Roundtable with Canada’s Ambassador to the State Of Qatar

MARCH 8, 2018     Source: BCCIE Events

Join us at an education roundtable with Canada’s Ambassador to the State Of Qatar on March 13. Register now!

Education Networking Reception Strengthens Connections Between China and BC

FEBRUARY 9, 2018     Source: Vivien Lee

On February 8, 2018, more than 80 participants including key representatives from education, government, and business communities gathered at the China-BC Networking Reception.  The event was organized by the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) with support from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia, and the Canada China Business Council (CCBC). ...

Proyecta 10,000: Call for Proposals Open to Institutions Interested in Hosting Mexican Learners

FEBRUARY 6, 2018     Source: Government of Mexico

We are pleased to communicate that the first Call for Proposals in 2018 for Proyecta 10,000 is now open. This call is intended for higher education institutions in Canada interested in participating as recipients of Mexican students and teachers of English as a second language.   This call will sponsor a total of 2,000 scholarships and will be funded by the Mexican government. Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals is ...

Mid-year event celebrates mentorship in International Education

JANUARY 29, 2018     Source: Vivien Lee

Mentors and mentees of the BCCIE Mentorship Program gathered on January 26, 2018 to celebrate the mid-year mark of the program. International Education professionals travelled to Vancouver, BC from across the province to engage in the new professional relationships achieved in the BCCIE Mentorship Program so far. Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director at BCCIE welcomed the attendees with a speech highlighting the roots of mentorship. Martin ...

Announcing the BC International Student Ambassador Scholarships

JANUARY 10, 2018     Source: BC Government

British Columbia’s Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the International Student Ambassador Scholarships. International students from multiple countries are eligible to be nominated. Eligible Countries Group 1 (Original Partner Countries) China, Japan, Korea Group 2 (Recent MOU Partners) Colombia, France, Italy, Spain Group 3 (Other Partners): See below definition, purpose and ...

Stories from Abroad: $1000 British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship

JANUARY 8, 2018     Source: BC Study Abroad Consortium

On behalf of the BC Study Abroad Consortium, we are inviting outbound BC students to apply for a $1,000 scholarship in return for sharing their experience about learning abroad!  Eligibility for this scholarship is based on the following:  Students are currently enrolled at a BCSA Consortium institution Students are currently enrolled in a short-term study abroad program or have been accepted into a short-term study abroad ...

Announcing the B.C.-China Award for Excellence in Chinese for BC Grade 12 students

DECEMBER 28, 2017     Source: BC Government

British Columbia’s Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the BC-China Award for Excellence in Chinese. The award promotes the study of Chinese language and cultural by B.C. students developing their intercultural awareness and skills. The BC-China Award for Excellence in Chinese is a collaborative scholarship program offering up to fifty (50) $500 Awards for B.C. students studying ...

Vancouver and SFU Win Bid To Host Asia Pacific International Education 2020 Conference

DECEMBER 11, 2017     Source: BCCIE

Simon Fraser University has been selected as the lead host for Vancouver 2020, the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) conference in Vancouver, Canada on March 23–26, 2020.  This is one of many firsts. It will be the first time that the conference is held on the other side of the Pacific, the first time outside of Asia or Australia, and the first time in the Americas. This recognition offers great ...

BCCIE attends 51st annual CBIE Conference in Halifax

NOVEMBER 22, 2017     Source: Vivien Lee

Approximately 850 international educators representing 30 countries gathered this week at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia to share knowledge and help chart the future of international education in Canada. The occasion was the 51st Annual CBIE Conference, a four-day event from November 19 to 22 that occurs annually in different cities across Canada. This year’s theme, Pathways in International Education: ...

Tell Your Students: 6th Annual Study in BC Contest

NOVEMBER 21, 2017     Source: Vivien Lee

A call for students to share their BC experiences for a chance to WIN!  Contest dates: November 21 – December 21, 2017 We are inviting international students who are studying in BC or have studied in BC to share their experiences by entering into the 6th Annual Study in BC Contest! Please help promote the contest by sharing this poster among your networks or in your ...

Canada’s global moment: Students from around the world choose Canada

NOVEMBER 17, 2017     Source: Universities Canada

As Universities Canada reports, BC leads the way for international enrollment with a 15.6% increase.

International Education Week: BCCIE office shares their own #learningabroad stories

NOVEMBER 9, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

In honour of International Education Week 2017, our office is sharing personal experiences on how study abroad positively impacts lives and careers. You can read our stories over on the BC Study Abroad and StudyinBC blogs! Please share these posts with your students who might be considering taking that first big trip. Don’t forget to follow BC Study Abroad and Study in BC on social media! JAPAN | Memories of Japan: My ...

Now Open For Application: B.C. Student and Teacher Exchange and Mobility Awards

NOVEMBER 6, 2017     Source: BCCIE

For B.C. Grade 8-12 school groups and B.C. K-12 teachers British Columbia’s Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the B.C. Student and Teacher Exchange and Mobility Awards. The Awards promote the development of intercultural skills and knowledge for B.C. students, and the strengthening of relationships with foreign partners (e.g., sister schools). BCCIE administers the awards on ...

Canada’s universities commit to diversity with plan to make demographic data public

OCTOBER 30, 2017     Source: Globe and Mail

As the Globe and Mail reports, Canada's universities will collect and make public demographic data. 

BC Offshore School Mini Fairs in Shandong, China a success

OCTOBER 26, 2017     Source: Tom Wang

Supported by the BC Government and the BC Trade and Investment Office in Beijing, BCCIE jointly organized BC Offshore School Mini Fairs in Shandong, China from October 23–26, 2017, which occurred on the periphery of the China Education Expo and Team BC China Mission. 10 BC post-secondary institutions participated in the fairs in five cities in Shandong Province, including Zibo, Qingdao, Tai'an, Weifang and Yantai. ...

Northern post-secondary excited to showcase its uniqueness

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017     Source: BC Government

BCCIE joined Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, today at the launch event for

Helping Texan students affected by Hurricane Harvey 

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. On a personal level, BCCIE is thinking of the Houston-based students and faculty from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts who we met at the recent Beijing International Student Summer Camp. We were heartbroken to learn our friends and colleagues are struggling to rebuild their homes, schools and lives. Even though the worst of the ...

Cranbrook community benefits from international students

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017     Source: East Kootenay Online News Weekly

International students from 40 different countries study and live in Cranbrook, in BC's Rocky Mountain Region.

The 4th Annual BC Study Abroad photo contest is back!

AUGUST 28, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

Do you know any students who are aspiring photographers? Tell them about our 4th Annual BC Study Abroad Contest!

Stories from Abroad: $1000 British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship

AUGUST 21, 2017     Source: BC Study Abroad Consortium

On behalf of the BC Study Abroad Consortium, we are inviting outbound BC students to apply for a $1,000 scholarship in return for sharing their experience about learning abroad!  Eligibility for this scholarship is based on the following:  Students are currently enrolled at a BCSA Consortium institution Students are currently enrolled in a short-term study abroad program or have been accepted into a short-term study abroad ...

A ‘life changing experience’ in China

AUGUST 18, 2017     Source: Black Press

The BC Council for International Education has been partnering with the Beijing International Education Exchange since 2011 to coordinate this exciting summer camp for high school students.

International Education grows provincial economies

AUGUST 16, 2017     Source: Winnipeg Free Press

A recent editorial by Gary Gervais, president of the Manitoba Council for International Education, explains why the time is ripe for Canada to leverage its International Education sector.

Brazil/OAS Scholarships open to Canadians

AUGUST 14, 2017     Source: Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver

The Brazilian government has recently announced a program offering 670 scholarship opportunities to outstanding citizens of The Organization of American States (OAS) Member States – therefore open to Canadian citizens – to pursue master's or doctorate programs at Brazilian universities. Full information regarding the scholarship and application procedures can be found here, ...

BBC News: How Canada became an education superpower

AUGUST 2, 2017     Source: BBC News

In the most recent round of international Pisa tests, Canada was one of a handful of countries to appear in the top 10 for maths, science and reading.

5 tips on how to be a great mentor

JULY 26, 2017     Source: Vivien Lee

The BCCIE International Education Mentorship program enahnces the exchange of best practises between professionals in BC. Learn more about the program here. 1. Have an expectation setting meeting with your mentee For your first meeting, sit down with your mentee and discuss your goals and expectations of this mentoring relationship together. You may have an idea of how you would like to work with your mentee but your mentee may be expecting ...

Top 5 Reasons to join the BCCIE Mentorship Program

JULY 17, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

The BCCIE Formal Mentorship Program runs on an annual cycle and matches mentors and mentees based on their experience levels and goals. If you’re wondering whether mentorship is for you, here are some great reasons to join the program. 1. An opportunity to give back –  There comes a point in your career where you wake up overnight and realize you have a depth of knowledge to share. Mentoring is one way ...

BC Studies in China Alumni Networking Reception Attended by Chinese Government Scholarship Recipients

JULY 5, 2017     Source: Tom Wang

The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China and BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) recently co-hosted the fifth BC Studies in China Alumni Network (BCSCAN) Reception at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre in Vancouver. Over 50 local BC students and alumni who have studied in China gathered for the event. BCSCAN was launched in 2015 to provide a forum for BC students and alumni that have taken the ...

Announcing the 2017 BCCIE International Education Award Recipients

JUNE 22, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

Distinguished education leaders from BC, Canada and abroad gathered at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel in Kelowna on Tuesday evening to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of International Education in British Columbia. The International Education Awards, hosted by the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), recognize leaders in seven categories. Winners represented a diversity of accomplished practitioners whose work has ...

BC Colleges announces win-win initiative with Ireland

JUNE 22, 2017     Source: Colin Doerr

Against the backdrop of BCCIE’s annual Summer Conference held in Kelowna, BC Colleges and Ireland’s Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) signed a MOU this week that will advance a broad range of innovative and collaborative opportunities for students to pursue pathways to complete degrees and post-degree credentials (up to PhD) in the EU. In addition, bi-directional opportunities for faculty visits, exchanges, and ...

Volunteers needed at the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver

MAY 29, 2017     Source: Indian Summer Festival

Are you an art and culture enthusiast? The Indian Summer Festival is looking for volunteers from July 6–15! The time commitment is 12 hours, plus a mandatory training session on a weekday evening on Thursday June 15 or Monday June 19 June.

Canadian colleges see surge of foreign students, many from the U.S.

MAY 19, 2017     Source: New York Times

Canadian universities are featured in the New York Times this week with a commentary on why American and other foreign students are heading to Canada. 

International admissions to Canadian universities see large increases

MAY 16, 2017     Source: The Globe and Mail

According to the Globe and Mail, international applications were in some cases doubled this year across many institutions.

Joint SAAF/BCCIE symposium on International Education draws large audience

MAY 15, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

On May 11, 2017, BCCIE in collaboration with the May meeting of the Senior Academic Administrators Forum (SAAF), gathered for a one-day symposium on International Education in Vancouver. The symposium was attended by more than 90 participants, comprised of the Vice Presidents Academic and Education Heads from BC’s 25 public post-secondary institutions, senior leaders from the public and private sectors, government and BCCIE board ...

Colleges and Institutes Canada supports student mobility with Brazil

MAY 10, 2017     Source: Colleges and Institutes Canada

CICan will launch a new outbound student mobility program that will allow students to pursue experiential learning in Brazil.

Accepting Applications: AIEA Thematic Forums 

APRIL 18, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

Application Deadline May 15, 2017 AIEA is inviting institutional members to submit a proposal to host an AIEA Thematic Forum at or near their campus. Thematic Forums, which are 1–2 day events geared for university leaders,  increase the opportunities for AIEA members and professionals from related fields to grow professionally and learn more about salient leadership issues in ...

Keynote speakers announced for BCCIE-SEAMEO RETRAC conference

APRIL 5, 2017     Source: SEAMEO RETRAC

The July 2017 International Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will focus on Leadership and Management in Higher Education.

CONAHEC to offer conference discounts to Canadian institutions

APRIL 3, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

10% registration discount for Canadian Institutions!  The Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) invites you to join BOTH the 1st North American Center for Collaborative Development Conference "Connecting Indigenous Peoples in North America: Crafting a Community of Shared Knowledge"  hosted by First Nations University of Canada and CONAHEC's 18th North American Higher Education ...

March 7 is BC Colleges Day

MARCH 7, 2017     Source: BC Government

The Province has named March 7 BC Colleges Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse education and training opportunities our colleges provide students of all ages. BC has 11 public colleges throughout the province, serving approximately 125,000 students each year. 

CBIE launches national study abroad campaign

FEBRUARY 23, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

The Learning Beyond Borders campaign already has the support of 87 post-secondary institutions committed to increasing the number of Canadian students abroad.

Proyecta 10,000: RFPs open to Canadian post secondary institutions interested in hosting Mexican learners

FEBRUARY 9, 2017     Source: Alan Schroeder

During the February 2014 North American Leaders’ Summit, Mexico and Canada agreed that education and innovation are among the strategic priorities of cooperation between our two countries. Following the summit, the Mexican government launched the Proyecta 10,000 program, an ambitious and transformational program whose goal is to have 10,000 Mexican undergraduate students, teachers and researchers study [ESL] in Canada by 2018. The ...

Life in Paris: Stories from a BC Ministry of Education Award recipient

FEBRUARY 7, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

BC Teacher Stacia Johnson writes to us from Paris where she is studying French language and culture! 

Trump ban may mean ‘huge upswing of interest’ in Canada for foreign students

FEBRUARY 6, 2017     Source: Vancouver Sun

BCCIE Executive Director, Randall Martin foresees an upswing in interest in BC schools after Trump's travel ban.

Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Students Stranded — and Colleges Scrambling to Help

FEBRUARY 2, 2017     Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

International students are asked to stay calm after Trump's travel ban on visitors from seven largely Muslim countries.

Premier tasks Santa Ono to establish innovation network

JANUARY 24, 2017     Source: BC Government

This exciting new initiative will link post-secondary institutions to industry, ensuring that students gain the skills they need to find rewarding, in-demand careers.

Stories from Abroad $1000 BC Study Abroad Scholarship now open

JANUARY 16, 2017     Source: Chantal Moore

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience that helps to graduate global citizens. But students still cite financial reasons as a top barrier to study abroad. On behalf of the BC Study Abroad Consortium, we are pleased to announce the Stories from Abroad Scholarship that helps offset some of the costs of learning in another country.  Student eligibility to apply for this scholarship is based on the following:  They are ...

New website connects K-12 international students with critical information

JANUARY 3, 2017     Source: BC Government

A new resource developed by the BC Ministry of Education,, is targeted at current and potential international students and their families so they can learn about: BC’s world-class education system, teachers and schools. How to enrol in a BC school and get a Canadian study permit. The diverse cultures, regions and communities of BC. How to stay healthy and safe in BC. Living with a homestay family. ...

Opportunity for BC schools to submit content for social media channels in China

DECEMBER 19, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Promote your school or institution in China: Invitation to submit content for Chinese social media platforms Dear colleagues, BCCIE through Grok Global Services (GGS) now offers BC public and independent K-12 schools, public and private EQA-designated post-secondary institutions and language schools an opportunity to promote their respective schools and institutions to potential students in China. As part of our mandate ...

Announcing the BC-China Award for Excellence in Chinese for BC Grade 12 students

DECEMBER 13, 2016     Source: BC Government

British Columbia’s Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the BC-China Award for Excellence in Chinese. The award promotes the development of intercultural knowledge and understanding in support of the British Columbia International Education Strategy, increasing the two-way flow of students, teachers and ideas between BC and the world. We kindly ask that you share news of this ...

Watch how one school in Burnaby, BC celebrates International Education Week 2016

NOVEMBER 23, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

On Thursday, November 17th, Education Minister Mike Bernier visited Byrne Creek Community school to meet with secondary students.

Tell your students: 5th Annual StudyinBC Contest

NOVEMBER 21, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

A call for students to share their BC experiences for a chance to WIN! Contest dates: November 21, 2016 to December 21, 2016 January 20, 2017 (Update on December 21: The contest has been extended.) We are inviting international students who are currently studying in BC or have studied in BC to share their experiences by entering into the 5th Annual Study in BC Contest! Please help promote the contest by sharing this poster among your ...

B.C. continues as top choice for international students

NOVEMBER 18, 2016     Source: BC Government

British Columbia universities are top choices for international students coming to Canada to study.

Ottawa revises how it assesses permanent residence applications from international students

NOVEMBER 7, 2016     Source: The Globe and Mail

The federal government has revised how it assesses applications for permanent residence from former international students.

BCCIE signs partnership agreement with ABRUEM, a Brazilian association of federal and state universities

NOVEMBER 1, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE’s Executive Director, Dr. Randall Martin and ABRUEM President Prof. Aldo Nelson Bona signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between their respective organizations last week. The MOU was signed remotely on October 26 with the anticipation of a formal recognition ceremony in coming months – either at BCCIE’s Summer Conference in June 2017 or the FAUBAI Conference in April. ABRUEM is a Brazilian association ...

Northwest Community College to offer two new scholarships to students from Qinhuangdao.

OCTOBER 28, 2016     Source: Northwest Community College

The entrance scholarships are to be made available to international students from the city of Qinhuangdao.

BCCIE and SEAMEO RETRAC join hands for education collaboration

OCTOBER 11, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, October 11 with The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO RETRAC), an intergovernmental organization that promotes regional cooperation in education, science and culture. The signing took place at SFU Harbour Centre located in Downtown Vancouver. Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of BCCIE, commented that "We ...

Canadians join together on International Day of the Girl

OCTOBER 11, 2016     Source: Government of Canada

On October 11, we celebrate International Day of the Girl! Read the official statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Olympic city host to BCCIE roundtable

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016     Source: Colin Doerr

BCCIE, in collaboration with Brazilian higher education partner REARI-RJ, held its first roundtable this week at the Canadian Consulate General in the Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro. This event followed last year’s BCCIE/REARI-RJ MOU signing.    REARI-RJ is a network of 13 leading universities and institutes formed by the international relations departments from the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. ...

BCCIE and ExpoPlaza Latina co-host panel discussion on education collaboration

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE and ExpoPlaza Latina co-hosted an engaging panel discussion yesterday in Vancouver on Education Collaboration between BC and Latin America. The objective was to further conversations on enhancing academic, education, mobility, training and labour ties among schools and districts, post-secondary institutions, communities and organizations in Latin America and BC. Key presenters included: Dr. Pedro Marquez, Vice-President, Global ...

Announcing the 3rd Annual BC Study Abroad Contest

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our 3rd Annual BC Study Abroad Contest. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to share their international experiences within BC’s post-secondary community. From now until November 15, students can submit photos, videos or blog posts, and will be entered to win one of several prizes, including a grand prize of a GoPro camera. Winners will be announced in December. Our ask We would ...

Donate your frequent flyer miles to help BC youth study abroad!  

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Announcing the 3rd Annual Remes Family Scholarship Sending more domestic students abroad is part of BC’s International Education Strategy. BC graduates with international experience globalize our workforce, bringing much needed intercultural skills to Canada. However, expenses are always listed as a top reason why students choose not to study abroad. Often, the cost of an international roundtrip ticket alone can prevent a student from ...

Call for donations: 2016 earthquake in Central Italy

AUGUST 24, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

In response to the 6.2 earthquake that struck Central Italy on August 24, the Italian Cultural Centre is asking for donations.

Team BC Brazil Mission: Call for expressions of interest

AUGUST 15, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Date: September 16–26, 2016 Target Audience: K-12 schools and districts, EQA-designated post-secondary institutions and language schools Locations: São Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Porto Alegre Cost: non-paid In support of BC’s International Education sector, BCCIE is pleased to announce a coordinated Team BC Brazil Mission this September 16–26, 2016. This initiative follows a very ...

BCCIE co-hosts International Education conference in Ho Chi Minh City

AUGUST 3, 2016     Source: Alan Schroeder

The British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) recently co-organized an International Conference on Quality in Leadership and Management of Higher Education with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this past July 28–29. Over 120 post-secondary educators, administrators and government officials representing more ...

Universities worldwide are shifting techniques

AUGUST 2, 2016     Source: Vietnam News

A two-day conference on the internationalization of higher education was organised on Wednesday by the Việt Nam-based Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation’s Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC) in co-operation with the British Columbia Council for International Education.

BCCIE turns 25: An interview with Catherine Vertesi

JULY 26, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

In honour of BCCIE’s 25th anniversary, Catherine Vertesi, past BCCIE Board Member and former Vice-President, International, External Relations and New Initiatives at Capilano University, shares her thoughts on how International Education in BC has evolved. BCCIE: What made you decide on a career International Education? CV: Early in my career, I worked at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Sauder School of Business as the ...

BC students visit Beijing for life-altering cultural exchange

JULY 19, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Thanks to BCCIE and the Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE), 20 lucky secondary school students from across BC arrived in Beijing, China, on July 14. The students are participating in the Beijing International Student Summer camp, which unites high school youth from over 20 countries for a 10-day "life-changing" exchange program in China's historical capital. Students are now experiencing a ...

Organization of American States’ Scholarship Program for graduate programs in Brazil

JULY 12, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

The sixth consecutive edition of the Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC) between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB), with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Division of Educational Topics and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) offers more than 400 scholarship opportunities to outstanding citizens of OAS Member States ...

Announcing BC’s 2016 International Education Award winners

JUNE 23, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

 VICTORIA, BC – June 23, 2016   Distinguished education leaders from around Canada and abroad gathered on Tuesday at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of International Education in British Columbia (BC). The BC International Education Awards, hosted by the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), recognize leaders in six categories. Each year, the BCCIE ...

BC shares teaching best practices at education seminars in Beijing 

JUNE 7, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

The Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE) in collaboration with the Beijing Municipal Education Commission held a lecture series on International Education in China last month to explore ways to develop K-12 education in Beijing’s suburban school districts of Miyun, Yanqing, Tongzhou and Pinggu. Leaders in International Education Select British Columbian International Education leaders were invited to attend the seminar, ...

Encouraging BC youth to learn Chinese Mandarin

MAY 26, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Grade 12 students from throughout the province gathered last week at the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver to receive a new award that celebrates those who learn a foreign language early in life. The BC-China Award for Excellence in Chinese recognizes Grade 12 students from public and independent schools who achieved academic excellence in the study of Mandarin Chinese as a second language. Recipients must ...

Strengthening academic ties between South Korea and BC

MAY 25, 2016     Source: BC Government

As a demonstration of the increasing post-secondary links between British Columbia and South Korea, Sookmyung Women's University has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Royal Roads University to explore a joint master of arts in leadership program, and presented Premier Christy Clark with an honorary doctorate in political science.

Nonstop Delhi-Vancouver flights to begin this year

MAY 4, 2016     Source: The Pie

Indian students currently make up the fastest growing group of international students coming into British Columbia. 

20 U.S. independent school counsellors welcomed to BC

APRIL 28, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

From April 24–27, 2016, BCCIE led a familiarization tour for ACCIS, a professional organization of U.S. college counsellors at independent high schools. It was BC’s first time hosting such a diversity of US counsellors, representing over 15 states—from Hawaii to New Hampshire; New Mexico to Minnesota. The tour consisted of site visits to six BC post-secondary institutions, including:  Emily Carr ...

BCCIE signs MOU with Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

APRIL 22, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week with the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE). The official document was signed by BCCIE’s Executive Director Dr. Randall Martin and IOHE’s Executive Director Dr. David Julien on April 13. IOHE is a university association represented by 27 countries throughout the Americas. Its mandate is to encourage hemispheric cooperation in higher ...

Snapshot of the Mexican Education Market

APRIL 21, 2016     Source: Alan Schroeder

By: Alan Schroeder, Associate Director, External Relations, BCCIE With a number of economic and educational reforms, the government of Mexico is aiming to boost the country’s productivity, raise income levels and become a more globally competitive nation. A number of factors make Mexico, a priority market under Global Affairs Canada’s International Education Strategy, a compelling market for BC institutions. Mexico is British ...

Latin America education roundtable sparks discussion on partnerships

APRIL 8, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

On April 6, The British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) hosted a roundtable discussion on the opportunities for enhanced bilateral and regional academic collaboration between British Columbia and Latin America. With participation of the Latin American representatives from BC Consular offices and working-level representatives of British Columbia’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Advanced Education and Ministry ...

Training a new generation of Asia-competent Canadians

APRIL 4, 2016     Source: Vancouver Sun

The director of consulting group McKinsey and Company had touched on a key talking point of recent efforts to improve Canadians’ ability to compete for business in Asia — a need to increase the level of knowledge and understanding among the Canadian public, focussing on academic exchanges.

Re-cap of the 2016 CONAHEC Conference in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

MARCH 23, 2016     Source: Colin Doerr

Global Grand Challenges: Channeling International Collaboration was this year’s theme of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) 17th Conference, which was generously hosted by Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) in San Luis Potosí, Mexico from March 16–18, 2016.  BCCIE was very pleased to join this year’s conference as delegates explored ...

BCCIE presents at educational tour seminars in Tokyo

MARCH 22, 2016     Source: Alan Schroeder

Together with the Japan-Canada Tourism Association, Destination BC and the BC Trade and Investment Representative Office in Japan, BCCIE participated in a pair of seminars in Tokyo today to promote educational tours in BC to local teachers and tour operators. Pictured below is BCCIE's Associate Director, External Relations, leading a presentation to a room full of guests. Over 60 local teachers and tour operators listened ...

Ottawa mulls easing residency rules for foreign students

MARCH 22, 2016     Source: Vancouver Sun

This province has more such students per capita than any province and they could become a source of skilled labour.

Update on the Economic Impact of International Education in British Columbia

MARCH 16, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

In December 2015, the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) commissioned Economist Dr. Roslyn Kunin of Roslyn Kunin and Associates, Inc. (RKA, Inc.) to undertake a report titled "An Update on The Economic Impact of International Education in British Columbia" for the 2013/14 academic year. This report builds on the economic studies Dr. Kunin prepared for BCCIE for 2011/2012 and 2009/2010. It examines ...

BCCIE signs MOU with University Colleges Denmark

MARCH 15, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE is pleased to announce a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with University Colleges Denmark, a consortium of nine educational institutions. The MOU was initiated by VIA University College and carried through by VIA for and on behalf of University Colleges Denmark.  BCCIE Executive Director Dr. Randall Martin met with VIA University Colleges President Harald Mikkelsen in Aarhus, ...

Scholarships for teachers of Spanish working in Canada

MARCH 8, 2016     Source: Embassy of Spain in Canada

Tia Tula Scholarships 2016 Scholarships for teachers of Spanish working in Canada Dear colleagues, The Embassy of Spain in Canada has announced that the Tia Tula School is offering eight scholarships to take part in a professional development course in Salamanca, Spain. The dates for the course are July 3–9, 2016, distributed as follows: Course: Training for Spanish as a Second Language Teachers, 4–5 July. Conference ...

Study abroad scholarships in Taiwan: Opportunity for BC Students

MARCH 4, 2016     Source: TECO

Dear colleagues, We have been made aware of two excellent opportunities for BC students to study in Taiwan via our colleagues at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver. The “2016 Taiwan Scholarship Program” and “2016 Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program” have both been announced. More information can be found at the following links: 2016 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: ...

Latin America’s top ranked university and BCCIE: New opportunities for higher education collaboration

FEBRUARY 29, 2016     Source: Colin Doerr

Brazil’s University of São Paulo (USP) is considered to be one of the most prestigious higher education and research institutions worldwide. It placed first in Latin American rankings and ninth in the BRICS rankings in 2015.    BCCIE is proud to have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of São Paulo that will serve as a platform for BC universities, colleges and ...

Our global intern shares his first impressions of Ho Chi Minh City

FEBRUARY 26, 2016     Source: Richard Gaudreau

Earlier this year, BCCIE piloted a Global Intership Program in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. The Program provides participants with a unique opportunity to gain international business experience directly related to their field of study. We are pleased to announce that Richard Gaudreau, who recently graduated with a BA in Political Science and Administration from the University of Victoria, was the selected ...

Northern BC high school students “awestruck” by short-term exchange in Nanjing, China

FEBRUARY 11, 2016     Source: Chris van der Mark

By: Chris van der Mark Superintendent of Schools, School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley) With help and coordination from the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) and the Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange (JESIE), a government unit representing China’s Jiangsu Province, School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley) sent 20 students to participate in a cultural immersion opportunity in Nanjing, China this ...

How one secondary school in Surrey is welcoming Syrian refugees

FEBRUARY 5, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Canadians have demonstrated humanitarian spirit and openness in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis, which the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called the world’s single largest refugee crisis. Since the conflict started over four years ago, more than 11 million Syrians have been forced out of their country. The Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has responded by proposing to resettle 25,000 Syrian ...

Announcing COMPASS Winter 2016

FEBRUARY 3, 2016     Source: BCCIE

The launch of COMPASS in December 2014 was a success story for the International Education sector in BC. The first issue received hundreds of hits at publication time. Stakeholders access our online publication to learn more about BC’s engagement in International Education and the numerous platforms and initiatives that BC stakeholders and our international colleagues can integrate into their practices and institutional ...

Establishing and engaging the Canadian Alumni Network in Vietnam

JANUARY 19, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Dear colleagues, Please find below an exciting announcement from the Embassy and Consulate of Canada in Vietnam. We would appreciate if you could circulate this news with your alumni contacts. Best, The BCCIE Team The Embassy and Consulate General of Canada in Vietnam are building a Canadian Alumni Network that will bring together Vietnamese from all walks of life who have one important link: a Canadian education. They are hoping that ...

Networking opportunity for BC students and alumni who have studied in China

JANUARY 15, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Do you know a current or former BC student who has studied abroad in China? BCCIE is asking BC educators to circulate the below message or online invitation at your Asian Studies departments, Study Abroad offices or other equivalent departments. You are invited: Evening Networking Dinner at the Chinese Consulate General Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 Time: 6–8 p.m. Location: Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, ...

International Education trends in Japan

JANUARY 6, 2016     Source: Michiko Aoshima

In 2012, the number of Japanese students studying abroad finally returned to positive growth after seven consecutive years of decline.  The Japanese Economy has been recovering since Mr. Shinzo Abe returned as Prime Minister in December 2012 and announced the “Japan Revitalization Strategy” in 2013, which included university reforms and measures to support study abroad. Globalization is a key word. The Ministry of ...

Happy holidays on behalf of BCCIE!

DECEMBER 15, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

In the spirit of the International Education sector, which is known for its eagerness to contribute to the global community, we have made a government-matched donation to help incoming Syrian refugees through UNICEF. For more information on donation options, visit the Global Affairs Canada website.   Thank you for your ongoing loyalty to and support of International Education in BC. Best wishes for the holiday ...

SFU’s Erik Bainbridge wins 2015 International Business Studies Award

DECEMBER 4, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The International Business Studies Award recognizes a post-secondary student who has shown leadership and excelled in international studies while contributing to the BC export community. This year’s winner was Erik Bainbridge, a fourth-year political science major from Simon Fraser University. His academic journey has already led him to complete four work terms in China and Hong Kong, a decision he says has been invaluable. I was ...

Call for 2016/2017 Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships

DECEMBER 3, 2015     Source: Commonwealth of Learning

 Learning for Sustainable Development The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), working in partnership with the Brunei Darussalam Government, wishes to announce Master's Degree scholarships for five people from Commonwealth countries, preferably working in Higher Education Institutions or Departments of Higher Education, to study on a full-time basis in Brunei Darussalam for one or two years. The scholarships are available for programmes ...

Educational cooperation and labour market development between Vietnam and BC

NOVEMBER 24, 2015     Source: The Vietnam Courier

BCCIE's Executive Director, Dr. Randall Martin, was recently quoted in the Vietnam Courier (Le Courrier du Vietnam) on the topic of partnership agreements between BCCIE and SEAMO RETRAC and the Vietnam Association of Commuity Colleges (VACC). To read the original article in French, please view here.   

Recent changes to the Imagine Education au/in Canada brand policy

NOVEMBER 18, 2015     Source: Ministry of Advanced Education

On behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education: Please note that recent changes to the Imagine Education au/in Canada brand policy allow British Columbia private career training institutions with Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation to be brand eligible.  The Imagine Education au/in Canada brand was developed in 2008 to allow education partners to promote Canada as a preferred study destination using a consistent voice ...

Why I think more BC International Education professionals should attend the NAFSA Region I conference

NOVEMBER 13, 2015     Source: Elizabeth Brin

In October, I went to the NAFSA Region I conference in Boise, Idaho. On my last day in Boise, while speaking to some colleagues about what a great experience I had, I made a commitment to try and increase BC representation at the annual conference. As the Manager of our Annual Summer Seminar Conference (which is in Victoria from June 19–22, 2016 – mark the date!) one might wonder why I am promoting another International ...

Press release: BC and Vietnam join hands to support International Education

NOVEMBER 10, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam –  Tuesday, November 10 Students in Vietnam and British Columbia will benefit from partnership agreements the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) signed yesterday with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Center (SEAMEO RETRAC) and the Vietnam Association of Community Colleges (VACC). These partnerships lay the groundwork for mutually-beneficial ...

Northeast China Recruitment and Partnership for BC Schools: Enter Hockey, Ice Sculptures and Russian Neighbours

NOVEMBER 2, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

Following the recent signing of the MOU between the BC Ministry of Education, Advanced Education and the Department of Education in Heilongjiang Province, PRC, we are delighted to announce a new partnership between BCCIE and the Heilongjiang Education Centre for International Exchange (HECIE), which is under the auspices of Provincial Department of Education. The agreement outlines four broad areas of collaboration: HECIE will act ...

Canada’s new PM pledges to ease citizenship path

OCTOBER 28, 2015     Source: The PIE News

Though the party hasn’t yet been officially sworn in, International Education stakeholders are optimistic about what the change in leadership might bring for the sector.

2015 Kakehashi Project: The bridge for tomorrow

OCTOBER 22, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Approximately 45 students from Shimodate Daiichi High School in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, were welcomed recently at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in Vancouver, Mr. Seiji Okada. The students were visiting Canada – many of them for the first time – for one week from August 16 – 23 to participate in cultural and historical excursions and English language classes. The Exchange was run ...

BCCIE in Southeast Asia this week to lead Team BC Mission

OCTOBER 9, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE is in Indonesia and Vietnam this week leading the 2015 Team BC Southeast Asia Mission, which goes from October 7 to 19. The purpose of the Mission is to build upon past recruitment and engagement efforts forged by the BC education sector in Southeast Asia. We are creating a BC Zone at Canada Education Fairs and offering value-added engagement in each city through site visits, the further profiling of BC ...

Interview with the Consul General of Japan in Vancouver

OCTOBER 6, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE recently had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Seiji Okada, Consul General of Japan in Vancouver, at his Downtown Vancouver office. We wanted to discuss the nature of his role as Consul General and hear his views on the importance of connecting our two nations, especially from an International Education standpoint. Japan and BC enjoy strong bilateral relations based on mutual understanding, commercial ties, and an appreciation for each ...

2016 Faculty Recruitment Opportunities at Ashoka University in Kundli, India

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015     Source: BCCIE News

Please see the below faculty recruitment announcement from Ashoka University, a renowned liberal arts university located in Kundli, India, one hour North of Delhi. ________________________________________ Dear colleagues, Last year was a big year for Ashoka University in many ways. We doubled in faculty size and welcomed some wonderful visiting and full-time faculty across every one of our departments. We could not have been happier and are ...

Announcing COMPASS Fall 2015

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The launch of COMPASS in December 2014 was a success story for the International Education sector in BC. The first issue received hundreds of hits at publication time. Stakeholders access our online publication to learn more about BC’s engagement in International Education and the numerous platforms and initiatives that BC stakeholders and our international colleagues can integrate into their practices and institutional ...

BCCIE announces Memorandum of Understanding with university consortium in Rio de Janeiro

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

New opportunities in Brazil for BC institutions The Canadian Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil recently hosted a number of Canadian and Brazilian post-secondary institutions in recognition of the development and growth of International Education cooperation. The event included the signing of a number of important Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between Canadian and Brazilian institutions and organizations. BCCIE was one of the ...

Opinion: Back to school for international students, too

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015     Source: Vancouver Sun

It’s early September and excitement is in the air. Young people in Vancouver are back at school. Howver, when we think of back-to-school, we rarely think about international students.

BC schools taking brand to Brazil, Vietnam

AUGUST 26, 2015     Source: Vancouver Sun

Representatives from BC schools will be visiting Brazil, Southeast Asia and Japan between now and November in an effort to boost the province’s educational brand abroad and to attract more international students. The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) said it is working with provincial and federal officials on the missions, dubbed “Team BC” by organizers. Under the plan, representatives from public ...

BCCIE attends 18th Annual Teochew Convention in Vancouver

AUGUST 21, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Vancouver, BC – Approximately 3000 Teochew people comprised of over 200 associations worldwide gathered this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre to promote the exchange of culture, trade and social ties between communities and internationally.    The occasion was the 18th Annual Teochew Convention, a three-day event from August 19–21 that occurs every second year in major cities around the world. Vancouver, BC ...

A review of the International Student Program at Kootenay Lake School District

AUGUST 14, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Nelson, BC has a rich cultural history. In 1987, Nelson International School opened on the former grounds of Notre Dame University, welcoming over 250 Japanese students to study English and business. The school had a positive impact on the community and economy, creating 80 direct jobs.  So, 17 years ago, when High School Principal Dr. Bill Reid received a phone call from a student in Japan who wanted to study in Nelson, it must ...

Donate your frequent flyer miles to help BC youth study abroad

AUGUST 14, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Sending more domestic students abroad is part of BC’s International Education Strategy. Graduates with international experience globalize our workforce, bringing much needed intercultural skills to Canada. However, expenses are always listed as a top reason why students choose not study abroad. Often, the cost of an international roundtrip ticket alone can prevent a student from this opportunity, but this does not have to be the ...

Announcement of Education Tenders from Oman and Qatar

AUGUST 11, 2015     Source: Ministry of Advanced Education

Government of Qatar – Tender for a new framework for Qatar’s K-12 curricula   On June 16, 2015, during a visit to Qatar, the Minister of Advanced Education of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Hon. Clyde Jackman, met with Qatar’s Minister of Education and Higher Education, HE Dr. Mohamed Ben Abdel Wahed El Hamadi.   During the meeting, the Qatari Minister noted that his government is embarking on a reform of the ...

BCCIE: focus on student support, global challenges

JULY 30, 2015     Source: The PIE News

Education institutions in British Columbia should emphasise international student retention and support alongside recruitment efforts. This was one of the talking points at the BC Council for International Education’s annual Summer Seminar last month, where discussions focused on balancing institutional requirements and global challenges.

Ohio University Zanesville Dean Jenifer Cushman is featured speaker at the BCCIE Summer Seminar

JULY 3, 2015     Source: OHIO: Compass

Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German at Ohio University Zanesville Dr. Jenifer Cushman delivered the luncheon plenary address and served on the Global Experts panel at the BCCIE 2015 Summer Seminar in Whistler, Canada. 

Brazil’s ABRUEM delegation welcomed at BCCIE Summer Seminar

JUNE 24, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE was fortunate to be joined by ABRUEM in Whistler, BC, for the annual Summer Seminar conference. ABRUEM is a leading delegation of Brazilian rectors representing 46 public state and municipal universities throughout Brazil.  On the morning of June 23, members of ABRUEM participated in a Presidents’ Panel on the topic of Innovation in International Partnerships. The delegation was led by UNESP External Relations Advisor, ...

Celebrating BC’s 2015 International Education Award Winners

JUNE 24, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Whistler, BC – June 24, 2015     Distinguished education leaders from around BC, Canada and abroad gathered at the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler last night to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of International Education in British Columbia. The International Education Awards, hosted annually by the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), recognize leaders in five categories: Outstanding Program in ...

Partnership opportunity with Japanese university in Shiminoseki

JUNE 16, 2015     Source: BCCIE

Baiko Gakuin University (BGU) is a smaller university, formerly a mission school, based in Shiminoseki, at the very southern tip of Honshu Island (where ferries depart to Pusan in Korea). They have two primary faculties of Literature/Humanities and of Early Childhood Development/Education.   BGU is looking for a college or university in BC with which pursue a mutual exchange of students for short programs, or either full semester ...

Announcing BCCIE’s Associate Director, External Relations

JUNE 12, 2015     Source: Randall Martin

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Alan Schroeder will be joining BCCIE in the position of Associate Director, External Relations. He will be arriving directly from Japan for his first activities with BCCIE at the Whistler Summer Seminar, June 21–24.   With the growth in the number of Team BC marketing missions to both mature and emerging markets, with increasing government support for the sector resulting in more ...

Read the inspirational story behind our Summer Seminar conference bags

JUNE 8, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Attending Summer Seminar this year? If you are, you may want to cherish your conference bag closely. We are pleased to have selected Township Patterns, a sewing collective that started from the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, as the provider of the 2015 conference bags. The Township story is not only moving, but connected to this year's conference theme of Global Responsibility and Institutional Mandate: ...

Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of BCCIE, visited National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

JUNE 3, 2015     Source: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of BCCIE, visited National Taiwan University of Science and Technology on June 2 in order to further develop international exchange between BC and Taiwan. After meeting with the President LIAO Qingrong and Vice Director of International Affairs Office, Mr. OU Yuchen, Dr. Martin visited Taiwan Building Technology Centre.  

MEDIA ADVISORY – BCCIE to host 6th Annual Summer Seminar conference

JUNE 1, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) is hosting its Annual Summer Seminar conference in Whistler, B.C. from June 21–24, 2015. This year's theme will be Global Responsibility and Institutional Mandate: Opportunity for Innovation. Dates:          June 21–24, 2015   Location:     Fairmont Chateau Whistler,        ...

Beijing International Student Summer Camp

MAY 26, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

An experience of a lifetime for BC youth  This year from July 14–23, approximately 40 secondary school students from across the province will participate in the annual Beijing International Student Summer Camp. BCCIE has been partnering with the Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE) since 2011 to coordinate this exciting international experience for youth. Photo by Tyler Fairbrother The Summer Camp unites students from ...

BCCIE welcomes incoming delegation from Pakistan

MAY 12, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

On May 5, BCCIE welcomed a delegation of 19 Pakistani Vice Chancellors, representatives of the British Council and Higher Education Commission Pakistan. As part of a study tour the delegation attended a one-day workshop at Langara College on the topic of BC's Education and Transfer systems, led in part by BCCIE. Langara’s Senior Administration met with the delegation to share their expertise while colleagues from BC Council on ...

Spotlight on Shugaku Ryoko

MAY 7, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

Developing short-term international study tours with BC's K-12 sector A young Japanese pioneer North of Vancouver, rising two kilometres above sea level, is a peak on a barren stretch of BC’s Coast Mountains range. Although it now appears remote, it was once close to a bustling centre where Japanese Canadians pioneered the province’s commercial fishing industry. The peak is named Mount Manzo Nagano (永野 万蔵), after an ...

Why studying in Canada might be a good option, Part 3

MAY 1, 2015     Source: Cathy McMeekan on

On a visit to colleges in British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the British Columbia Council for International Education, we were fortunate enough to visit the colleges and universities on Vancouver Island. British Columbia offers a great variety of institutions and it was evident in the options available on the island. Vancouver Island provides a beautiful setting, lots of outdoor recreational opportunities, and because the provincial ...

COMPASS Spring 2015 is here!

APRIL 30, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The launch of COMPASS in December 2014 was a great success, with the first issue receiving hundreds of hits at publication time. Stakeholders access our online publication to learn more about BC’s engagement in International Education and the numerous platforms and initiatives that BC stakeholders and our international colleagues can integrate into their practices and institutional strategies. Download the ...

PIE Chat with Geoff Wilmshurst, Camosun College, Canada

APRIL 24, 2015     Source: The PIE News - PIE Chat

Canada’s international education sector has undergone huge upheaval in the last couple of years. Geoff Wilmshurst, director of Camosun International at Camosun College in British Columbia, talks to The PIE about the country’s national strategy for the sector, branding challenges and recruiting in smaller markets. The PIE: What kind of institution is Camosun?

Why studying in Canada might be a good option, Part 2

APRIL 15, 2015     Source: Cathy McMeekan on

On a recent college tour in British Columbia hosted by the British Columbia Council for International Education we visited several art schools in Vancouver, BC that would give students a great reason to study in BC. The area has a rich art scene and because of the booming movie production and game design industries in Vancouver, there are many opportunities for internships for current students and for graduates to begin working immediately ...

Why studying in BC Canada might be a good option, Part 1

MARCH 17, 2015     Source: Cathy McMeekan on

On a recent college tour sponsored by the British Columbia Council for International Education, a number of Pacific Northwest high school counselors and independent educational consultants were given a peek at some well-regarded and surprisingly affordable post-secondary educational options. After a week’s whirlwind tour I’ve come away with several observations about the colleges and universities in British Columbia, and why ...

Welcome to our new website

FEBRUARY 24, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Welcome to our new website! You’ll notice things don’t look the way they used to. We freshened up the website, giving it a clean, modern look that will help you find the information you need quickly. Usability You’ll find it easier to navigate the website with the new layout. We produce and manage a vast amount of information, resources and events and it is crucial we deliver these in a functional and efficient way. The ...

Exploring Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver Campus

JANUARY 29, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is a multicampus private university founded in 1942 and headquartered in New Jersey, USA. In 2007, FDU opened its newest campus in Vancouver, BC. BCCIE recently had the opportunity to tour the FDU Vancouver location and meet with some of its key administrators. Today, FDU is one of the only post-secondary institutions in BC where students graduate with an American degree. The Vancouver campus has ...

Congrats to Rohith Manhas, a 2014 BC Export Award winner

JANUARY 28, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE recently interviewed Rohith Manhas, a fourth-year student at SFU’s Beedie School of Business on his win of the 2014 BC Export Awards’ International Business Studies Award. Manhas earned the 2014 Award for his term as a co-op student in Mumbai, India, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies on event management and market analysis. He has also worked for the Canada Business Council and Surrey Board of Trade, where he was ...

Host short-term tour groups (Shugaku Ryoko) of Japanese K-12 students

JANUARY 13, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

BCCIE has been working with the Japanese Consulate General in Vancouver, BC Ministry of International Trade, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skill Training, the Japan/Canada Tourism Association (JACATA) and tourism marketers from Destination BC to explore how to best grow and develop BC as a preferred destination for Japan’s Short-Term International Study Tours, known as Shugaku Ryoko in Japan. What is Shugaku Ryoko? Shugaku Ryoko ...

Introducing COMPASS, a new publication on BC’s emerging education markets

DECEMBER 18, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

The BC Council for International Education has collaborated on a new publication, COMPASS, to keep stakeholders informed about the exciting and ever-shifting landscape of International Education (IE). We hope you enjoy the first edition, launched December 2014.   COMPASS includes contributions from BC’s Education Marketing Managers (EMMs), who are employed by the Provincial Government and stationed in priority markets around the ...

Early bird registration open for Summer Seminar 2015

DECEMBER 10, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

From now until April 6, save $100 when you register online for BCCIE's annual Summer Seminar conference. This year, Summer Seminar will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC at the Chateau Fairmont Hotel. Please note: the 2015 full conference registration rate includes the Opening Reception and the Awards Banquet ticket. To learn more about key dates, accommodation and travel information to Whistler, visit the Summer ...

Interview with Randall Martin from BC Canada

DECEMBER 1, 2014     Source: Inside Canada - Seoul Blog

1. I looked up your career and it was so impressive that you have been into international student programming more than ten years. What inspired you to be a respectful educator for international students?     Thank you very much.   I have 25 years’ experience in post-secondary education, development education and international education, including development work as well as more than 15 years supporting the ...

Spotlight on 2014 StudyinBC contest winner!

NOVEMBER 7, 2014     Source: StudyinBC

The winner of our grand prize of an iPad Air is Juliana Galbiatti from Brazil. She is a Langara College graduate and has recently returned to British Columbia after a semester studying at King’s College in London. She shared with us her reaction to finding out that she had won the contest as well as what are her favourite things about BC and what she is planning for the future. What was your reaction when you found out you had ...

CBIE announces winners of 2014 International Education Awards

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: CBIE

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), a partner of BCCIE, recently announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence Awards for innovation and emerging stars in International Education. A total of 10 awards will be presented to CBIE members and colleagues who have made significant commitments to leadership in the field of International Education. The Award Ceremony will take place at CBIE’s Annual Conference from November ...

BC trade mission to India promotes strong educational partnerships

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: Randall Martin

The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), working together with the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Ministry of International Trade, was recently asked to assist in the planning of the Premier’s Trade Mission to India this October. We’re pleased to report the Mission was a great success enabling close partnerships between BC and Indian educational institutions. The Education component of the Mission highlighted ...

Dr. Randall Martin, BCCIE Executive Director, speaks to the PIE

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: The PIE news

British Columbia is one of Canada’s international education success stories. Randall Martin, executive director of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) talks to the PIE News about the province’s achievements, goals and how it could be a model for national level activity. The PIE: You’re a provincial organisation with an international outlook. Tell me more about BCCIE’s operations. RM: ...

Vancouver one of the world’s top places to study media arts

AUGUST 11, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

It comes as no surprise that Vancouver, known to some as Hollywood North, produces many of the world’s top talents in media arts. As a recent Globe and Mail article reports, Vancouver is home to “over 800 companies in digital film, animation and visual effects, video games, mobile content and applications, and e-learning.” There are plenty of industry experts to teach students. The media arts sector ...

Dr. Kyra Garson receives George L. Geis Distinguished Dissertation Award

AUGUST 11, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

SFU’s Faculty of Education, Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, Dr. Kyra Garson was recognized at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education's (CSSHE) annual meeting as the winner of the 2014 George L. Geis Dissertation Award. Dr. Garson's thesis is entitled, "Are We Graduating Global Citizens? A Mixed Methods Study Investigating Students' Intercultural Development and Perceptions of ...