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International Education Week

IEW 2020 Join us in celebrating international education at Sheridan College

Every year since 2001, individuals, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, and governments all around the world have been celebrating the International Education Week during the third week of November. This week marks a chance for institutions around the world to celebrate, promote and discuss the importance of international and global education and serves as a catalyst for building understanding and collaboration across and between institutions. 

The Centre for Global Education and Internationalization (CGEI) will be hosting a series of webinars to celebrate international education; raise awareness and share knowledge and experiences; rethink our practices; and mobilize forces to contribute for a more and sustainable and equitable world through international education. These webinars will offer an opportunity for our community to engage with renowned national and international experts, scholars, and practitioners.

Mark your calendars and join us for rich, inspirational, and thought-provoking webinars.

Webinar 1: The UN SDGs to Reorient Internationalization of Higher Education

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. EST 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a useful framework to address global challenges through developing knowledge, skills, competencies, and partnerships.

How can engagement by postsecondary institutions with the UN SDGs, inform and broaden the scope of their internationalization and global engagement through research, pedagogy, and community/industry partnerships?

This webinar aims to discuss emerging practices to embed the SDGs into internationalization efforts of postsecondary education institutions. 


Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University, Faculty of Education

Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN)

John Helliker, Dean, Innovation at Sheridan College 

Beth Eden, Youth Representative for UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative

Moderated by: Herbert Sinnock, Director of Sustainability, Sheridan College

Webinar 2: Inclusive Internationalization

Wednesday November 18, 2020 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Inclusive internationalization, as defined by the International Association of Universities, means integrating key concepts of equity, cultural diversity, social responsiveness, and mutual benefits in internationalization at education institutions.

In a world divided by increased nationalism, racism, and populism, what role do postsecondary institutions play through inclusive internationalization in building bridges, connecting the local with the global, disrupting social inequalities, and collaboratively solving complex global issues?


Elspeth Jones, Emerita Professor of the Internationalization of Higher Education at Leeds Beckett University

Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at York University

Sonja Knutson, Director of the Internationalization Office at Memorial University of Newfoundland

Janey Lew, Senior Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives at University of British Columbia 

Moderated by: Jane Ngobia, Vice President of Inclusive Communities at Sheridan

Webinar 3: Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) - Connecting Classrooms across the Globe 

Monday, November 23, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a project-based methodology for providing students with collaboratively developed, co-taught intercultural learning experiences. COIL extends authentic opportunities for intercultural and transnational learning to students within the curriculum of college classrooms. Through co-developed and co-taught modules, COIL supports the development of 21st-century workforce skills and provides opportunities for applied learning experiences.

This webinar will guide professors through an introduction to Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). A panel of COIL experts will discuss the purpose of COIL and why use it, how to get started, and share their successful COIL experiences.


Jon Rubin, COIL Consultant

Eva Haug, Internationalization Coordinator at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Osvaldo Succi, Virtual Exchange Coordinator at Centro Paula Souza, CESU

Moderated by: Amira El Masri, Director of the Center for Global Education and Internationalization at Sheridan 

Please note, registration for this webinar is limited to Sheridan faculty, staff and international partners ONLY. Registration is required to attend.

The Centre for Global Education and Internationalization (CGEI)

  1. Leads Holistic Internationalization Across Sheridan – CGEI works collaboratively to integrate international, intercultural and global dimensions into the curriculum and all aspects of Sheridan campuses. Internationalization is interwoven with principles of indigenization and inclusiveness.
  2. Study Abroad, International Partnerships Development and Management – CGEI coordinates key programs and initiatives that involve Sheridan’s engagement with International community and experiences.