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Going Global: Ontario Tech develops a plan to engage the world

University of Ontario Institute of Technology builds international capacity through strategic approach


As Canada’s first purpose-built, publicly funded university founded after the turn of the millennium, Ontario Tech was born into a globalized world.

Ideas know no borders and, as such, universities are at the forefront of building global communities. As Ontario Tech continues to grow, the university is playing an ever-increasing role in global engagement.

It is in this spirit that Ontario Tech announces its refreshed International Plan, a document that galvanizes all of its current activities in the global educational community and establishes four strategic directions for further internationalization opportunities.

“Our university is a degree destination for students from around the world, and at the same time we are creating amazing opportunities for Ontario Tech students to graduate with a global learning experience,” said Michael Owen, PhD, Ontario Tech Vice-President, Research, Innovation and International. “Our International Plan aligns with our university-wide priorities to prepare graduates to succeed and underscores our desire to greatly increase student and faculty mobility around the world.”

Strategic directions of the Ontario Tech International Plan:

  • Set the on-campus student experience as a foundation of our internationalization efforts.
  • Create opportunities for our students to graduate with a global learning experience.
  • Build our strength in research through expanded international collaboration.
  • Enhance our institutional capacity for global engagement.

“Our vision builds upon the guidance of the university’s Strategic Plan,” said Owen. “For this shared vision to be a success, our students, faculty and staff will all play a role in our international engagement, and that success will occur within the context of the many challenges and opportunities we will face over the coming years.”

Ontario Tech International by the numbers:

  • Ontario Tech has a student exchange agreement with partner universities in 21 countries
  • Ontario Tech has a formal partnership with 45 educational and research institutions around the world
  • Ontario Tech faculty members hosted 75 international research visits in the 2014-2015 academic year 

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Ontario Tech University
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