History and Philosophy
Internationalization means reshaping the way(s) we know …In a shrinking world, the internationalization of institutions, businesses, and organizations is a reality. The impacts are profound:
- Policies and programs require a global focus.
- Intercultural mindsets and culturally sensitive behaviours must be developed.
- Diversity must become the norm.
- Staff require greater international knowledge, increasingly specialized skills, and specific competencies to succeed in their work.
We all work in an increasingly international and intercultural workplace, and the International Educators Training Program (IETP) wants to be a part of your success story.
The International Educators Training Program (IETP) was born from a belief that, while internationalization is a major concern to institutions and organizations across the country, individuals working in the field of international education, upon whose work the success of internationalization depends, had no opportunity to gain practical skills-based training here in Canada.
The IETP finds its roots in the 2000-2005 vision of Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to become a leading centre of training for international education professionals.
Following a national survey that indicated a strong desire for professional development opportunities among those already working in the field, the IETP was developed by QUIC to provide in-service training for international education professionals. Through group activities, case studies, and discussions, IETP participants have gained a deep understanding of the profession and learned to perform day-to-day tasks more effectively.
The IETP has been held since 2003 on Queen’s University campus in Kingston. It has also begun offering training in participants’ workplaces across the country. The program provides training to various groups of international educators, people who passionately believe that an international experience can be one of the most significant parts of one’s education, one’s business, or simply one’s life:
- some work with university and college students to increase their awareness and appreciation of the world, its people, and its cultures
- others work with international students who travel to their campuses to experience, besides a traditional education, a cultural education beyond what is available at home;
- others work with Canadian students who desire this same experience, the sort of education that only traveling the world, and encountering different cultures can provide;
- others work in the area of internationalization, either on an institutional, governmental or private basis;
- and still others increasingly encounter clients and partners from different parts of the world in a business setting, and want to make the most of these relationships.
Regardless of their specific work contexts, all participants recognize that nothing is more likely to make the world a better place than if people come together, learn about one another, and begin to understand and respect each others’ cultures.
The IETP understands the need for flexible professional development options in a field that is characterized by employment variety as extensive as the global diversity that it embraces.
IETP curriculum is built upon a foundation of skills and knowledge that are necessary to perform competently as an international educator. Training is activity-based, and participants gain experience that they are able to apply immediately upon their return to the workplace.
The following is the current IETP training option:
- IETP Certificate for International Education Professionals
The IETP and Queen’s Faculty of Education are partnering to offer a combination of face-to-face and online courses that make up the Certificate for International Education Professionals program.
IETP … building competence … expanding networks