(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – February 4, 2022): As part of Algoma University’s ongoing efforts to increase international partnerships and create new exchange opportunities for students and faculty, the team at Experiential Learning and International Affairs recently signed memorandums of understanding) with two leading Belgian universities, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences (TM) and Howest University of Applied Sciences (HUAS).
Algoma University students will now be able to study, conduct research or complete an internship in Belgium as part of their undergraduate experience. Students will gain valuable global experience while developing cross-cultural communication skills. These agreements will also provide opportunities for staff and faculty exchange, COIL (Collaborative International Online Learning) and international research opportunities at both institutions.
“This agreement adds diversity to our portfolio of international partnerships, bringing Belgian perspectives to Algoma and providing important language learning and international cross-cultural study opportunities for students at Algoma University,” said said Dr. Donna Rogers, vice president of studies and research. “Building international connections and providing experiential learning opportunities for students through internationalization is a key strategic direction of Algoma University’s 2021-2026 Academic Plan.
Thomas More is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, offering more than 30 bachelor’s and postgraduate programs taught in Dutch and English in the province of Antwerp.
“Thomas More (Belgium) is looking forward to expanding his collaborations in Canada at Algoma University. We see potential in many areas. Currently, we are already engaged in ‘Collaborative International Online Learning’ (COIL) between the Faculties of Biomedical Laboratory Technology and Business Management,” said Inge Vervoort, Head of the International Office at Thomas More University. “Inclusion and diversity are part of Thomas More’s mission and vision. As a nation, Canada is recognized for its high standards in promoting self-reliance, accessibility and respect for diversity. The country indexes show that Canada can be considered a benchmark in these matters. So also in this respect we hope to exchange good practices and theories. »
Howest University of Applied Sciences in West Flanders has five campuses located in Bruges and Kortrijk, with 24 bachelor’s programs, 10 postgraduate certificate programs and is known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education and research. research.
“Howest UAS is delighted to welcome Algoma University students to Bruges or Kortrijk. Howest can facilitate internships for Algoma students within our extensive network, said Isabelle Pertry, Director of International Affairs at Howest University of Applied Sciences. “Bruges, as a UNESCO World Heritage City, and Kortrijk, with its UNESCO Design Region title, exude European history and modernity. Our academic departments are eager to get to know their counterparts at Algoma University and explore options for collaboration. We anticipate strong interest among our students for a study abroad semester at the Algoma University campus in Sault Ste. Married.”
For more information on Algoma University’s global engagement programs, visit our website here.