Andrews captures leadership award

Jan 23, 2003, vol. 26, no. 2
By Julie Ovenell-Carter

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Ian Andrews, acting dean of education and director of international teacher education at SFU, recently won the 2002 internationalization leadership award from the Canadian Bureau of International Education.

Recognized in Canada and around the world for his life-long commitment to international teacher training and internationalization of post-secondary institutions, Andrews has been instrumental in increasing faculty and student involvement in diverse international educational activities such as extended faculty and student exchanges, pre-service teacher education programs in Trinidad and Mexico and international project development work.

“The education faculty at SFU has always been very community based,” says Andrews, who isa charter student at the university.

“Our international efforts maintain the principles of community service and collaboration. The only difference is that we now extend them to communities beyond our national borders.”

Andrews says the education faculty is “part of the whole university's move forward in the area of internationalization.”

Ideally, he says, every SFU student would have “some form of international experience before they left SFU. It's a goal worth striving for. It can't help but inform all of us in new ways of global coexistence. To forgo the experience means not honouring our roles as international citizens. The question for students and their professors is, how will they maximize that opportunity for international experience during their time at SFU? The university is a wonderful place for internationalization to occur both on campus and in the community.”

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