December 13, 2018
The Global Forum was held at Humber’s Lakeshore campus in May 2018. This 2-day forum brought together global partners with the aim of showcasing approaches to entrepreneurship education and innovation as demonstrated through strong linkages with industry and approaches to problem-based learning.
116 delegates from 13 countries and 39 institutions attended the forum, the first-of-its-kind in the sector. Delegates participated in sessions to share and learn how colleagues across the globe are incorporating design thinking, entrepreneurship and international opportunities into their curriculum. Students from partner institutions participated in a design thinking workshop, which set the stage for a collaborative initiative that they will continue to pursue from their home countries.
Participants heard from the keynote speaker Sheldon Levy, CEO of NEXT Canada, and a long-time innovator in postsecondary education in the province as well as Dr. Chris Whitaker, president and CEO of Humber, Professor Wen, dean of entrepreneurship and innovation at Shenzhen Polytechnic and Mr. Jens Meyer Pedersen, president of Lillebaelt Academy University of Applied Sciences in Denmark. This two-day event provided the chance to hear from colleagues from around the globe and strengthen global partnerships while starting a dialogue about common issues, challenges and opportunities for polytechnic institutions globally.
“I was really impressed with the importance Humber College places on international partnerships. So, it was really impressive that Humber College goes out if its way to fund, to work towards enhancing this partnership and to make it more stronger. This is what I would like to see my institute do as well.” Kinley Om, Associate Lecturer, Royal Institute of Management, Bhutan
Fireside chat with Dr. Chris Whitaker, Humber College,
Jens Mejer Pedersen, Lillebaelt University of Applied Sciences in Demark and
Professor Wen Shouwen, ShenZhen Polytechnic in China facilitated by Eileen De Courcy.