Learning Together 2013 – Engaging the World

Date: May 17–18, 2013
Location: Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus – 13450-102 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada

Conference Theme

The proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” raises to awareness the need to be attentive to communal relationships in the learning process.  Yet, as we enter the second decade of the new century, the boundaries of this proverbial village have reached global proportions. Learning communities, from preschool to postsecondary, from public service to the private sector, exist in an interconnected world where events halfway around the globe can be witnessed as they unfold. This global village compels us to form a new consciousness about the universality of our thoughts. Internationalization has become more than visiting other cultures—it’s a mindfulness that humanity, on a global scale, is at the doorsteps of our theories and investigations even when endeavours are not explicitly ‘international’.  This year’s theme, “Engaging the World,” celebrates how our work and ideas can have universal implications and foster global consciousness.

Keynote Speaker, May 17 – Dr. Randall Martin

Rewriting the Narrative of International Education

Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of the B.C. Council for International Education, is active in support of the goals of internationalization. Dr. Martin’s experience spans more than twenty years in post-secondary and international education, including more than 15 years designing, implementing and managing international mobility programming and the internationalization efforts of a major university.

He has been Chair of the Canada Special Interest Group for NAFSA (Association of International Educators), on the Board of the BCCIE and the Canada Higher Education Committee of the Council for International Schools. He has an earned PhD on International Learning Outcomes and has authored a number of key discussion papers on provincial and national engagement with India.

Dr. Martin co-teaches a training course for EAIE. He was the first recipient of the Canadian Bureau for International Education Internationalization Service Award and is the only non-American recipient of the Lily von Klemperer Award, granted to mid-career professionals who “maintain the highest standards of professional ethics while sharing their skills, knowledge and expertise with all colleagues,” awarded though the SECUSSA (Advising and Recruitment in Education Abroad) section of NAFSA.

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Panel on International Education, May 18

Internationally Engaged. Really?

Dr. Kumari Beck will moderate an international student panel to discuss international engagement. Panelists will share their perspectives and personal stories about their experiences as education grad students studying in Canada and at SFU. Dr. Beck is Co-Director of the Centre for Research on International Education in the Faculty of Education at SFU.

International Student Panel: Andreea Fodor, Fan Zhang, Liliya Akhmadeeva, Matthew Kruger-Ross, Miwako Watanabe, Olivia Zhihua Zhang, Omar Nunez Mendez, and Rafael de Medeiros.

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Organizing Committee