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Humber delegation at a Global Learning Hub meeting at Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

Global Learning Hubs help boost Humber’s capacities in new markets

January 24, 2019

‘Maximize global learning opportunities through strong and deep strategic partnerships’ - As one of Humber’s four internationalization pillars, this strategy is the motivation for the recently launched Humber Global Learning Hub. The concept aims to form collaborations with local partners in new or emerging international markets and create centres for teaching and learning aligned with Humber’s vision and programming.

“The initiative is a positive opportunity to mobilize Humber’s global connections and build new educational capacities in regions where participation in higher education is growing beyond the ability to meet demands,” says Alister Mathieson, Vice-President, Advancement and External Affairs.

The Global Learning Hubs will offer a range of jointly-delivered programming including English language training, teaching English as a second language, teacher training, alongside programming that provides Humber credentials and pathways to advanced level studies. For the Humber community, these hubs will provide a range of study abroad and work integrated learning opportunities, as well as help position Humber to participate in international development projects.

Pilot partnerships in action

Three pilot locations have been set for the Global Learning Hub initiative, including centres in Japan, Vietnam, and Taiwan. These local partners are innovative polytechnic institutions within their regions and all have a strong focus on international study and work opportunities. Through the Humber partnership, these hosts get a chance to expand their own international capacities and develop new pathways and unique program offerings for their students.

Bringing internationalization home

There are numerous benefits that emerge from these strategic collaborations. The learning hub model is an effective way to promote the Humber brand and demonstrate our role as a leader in polytechnic education—in Canada and around the world. Building a local presence in these new markets also elevates our reputation in academic and government circles and creates opportunities to collaborate on international development projects, applied research opportunities, as well as corporate training. In turn, this opens many doors for students, staff, and faculty to expand their learning and professional experiences in these regions.

Additionally, there are fresh opportunities for Humber to create programming that offers new pathways for international students to earn Humber credentials or complete advanced level studies. The Global Learning Hubs also serve as strategic recruiting vehicles, with the potential to open local recruiting offices and run ongoing initiatives in previously unserved markets.

Global learning, local impact

With our keen focus on transforming postsecondary education through global polytechnic leadership, Humber is uniquely positioned to launch and lead the Global Learning Hub initiative. It’s a chance to build new and deeper relationships with international partners and create valuable experiences for our community. We’re very excited to share this with Humber’s faculty, staff and students, and look forward to reporting back on the positive outcomes.