Carleton University Joins the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s Learning Beyond Borders Initiative

Carleton commits to Learning Abroad Innovation Zone

Ottawa, Feb 24, 2017 – Carleton University has joined the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s (CBIE) Learning Beyond Borders initiative to encourage more Canadian students to take advantage of learning experiences in other countries.

Reports indicate that – annually – only 3.1 per cent of full-time Canadian undergraduate university students have an education abroad experience. The number is even lower for full-time college students, at 2.5 per cent. Yet students who participate talk about the transformational nature of the experience, its many contributions to their academic and career achievements and its value in enhancing their communication skills, self-awareness and adaptability.

“Carleton University is thrilled to join with other Canadian institutions in this important initiative,” says Pauline Rankin, associate vice-president (Research and International).  “This project will benefit not only Carleton students, but will encourage students nationwide to consider educational experiences abroad as an integral part of their post-secondary education.”

As a partner in the Learning Abroad Innovation Zone, Carleton commits to identifying and addressing internal barriers to learning abroad and to participating in peer discussions with institutions across the country that are tackling similar issues and challenges.

“Canada is faced with the challenge of getting more of our students to take advantage of learning experiences in other countries,’ said Karen McBride, president and CEO of CBIE. It is time to leverage the leadership role of education institutions in a concerted and co-ordinated effort to give our generation of young leaders the knowledge, skills and global outlook they will need to thrive in our interconnected world.”

CBIE will provide support by organizing webinars and thematic peer discussions throughout the year to allow institutions to discuss challenges and potential approaches to common goals, identify best practices and disseminate supporting research and case studies as needed.

About Carleton University
Carleton University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary research-intensive institution with a creative international approach to research that has led to many significant discoveries and works in science and engineering, business, public affairs and the arts. Home to many noted award-winning researchers, Carleton is uniquely committed to discovery, knowledge, and understanding of the world around us.

Carleton University’s location in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, allows unique access for our researchers across many disciplines to such places as Canada’s national labs and museums, Library and Archives Canada, federal government departments and, of course, Parliament Hill.

Through the building of sustainable communities, we foster new ideas to create a more prosperous future for Canada and the world.

About CBIE
Established in 1966, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to international education. Working closely with a membership of over 150 education providers nationwide, from K-12 to postgraduate, public and private sectors and with a network of strategic partners throughout Canada and around the globe, CBIE is ideally positioned to promote global learning by mobilizing expertise, knowledge, opportunity and leadership.

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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