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“International Education Week 2020 saw the launch of MSM Higher Ed Pathways which plans to increase opportunities for students to study abroad.” 

“View from the Forest” returned with another episode and this time, paid tribute to the International Education (IE) Week, which is celebrated every third week of November in over 100 countries. 

Featuring MSM Higher ED president Donna Hooker, View From The Forest is a vlog that tackles various topics and issues surrounding higher education around the world.

In this episode, Donna highlighted the benefits of international education. She encouraged students and faculty to honor the IE week as it recognizes the presence of “international students, promotes study abroad, celebrates culture, encourages internationalization of curriculum and fosters professional development and community engagement.”

“The week shines a special light on the work of the international education office and the team of people who are committed to a global perspective and cultural awareness,” Donna said. “It’s a week to share, motivate and encourage broader internal and external international engagement.”

Donna went on sharing how different institutions celebrated the IE week in their own ways. Most celebrations involved international cuisine, dances, or cultural attire. Some institutions also hosted study abroad fairs for its partners and students. She also noted how the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) also holds a professional development and networking conference to feature new ideas, share experiences among participants and engage with sector-related training and development. 

However with Covid-19, institutions have moved their festivities from the school grounds to the internet. Donna encouraged students to check out the different programs organized by their respective university or college.

“They say a student who has studied abroad is forever changed in the most meaningful ways,” shared Donna. Similarly, she said that this holds true for faculty and staff as well. 

“Staff who understand the impact of culture on our students have a greater empathy, offer increased levels of support and take great pride in their work,” added Donna. 

To end the vlog, the president of MSM Higher Ed—an education management company—introduced its latest initiative: MSM Higher Ed Pathways. This completes the three pillars of MSM Higher Ed’s core offerings. The other two being College Management and Public-Private Partnerships.

“Our plan is to increase opportunities for students across the globe to study abroad,” added Donna with regards to the new initiative.

Learn more about MSM Higher Ed Pathways. Watch Episode 2 of View from the Forest now on the MSM Higher Ed YouTube channel and click subscribe for more videos.

DONNA HOOKER

President, MSM Higher Ed

Donna Hooker has worked in the international education field for 30 years. She has a comprehensive knowledge of policy and practise in the public post-secondary education system in British Columbia, Canada and worldwide. She is a past board chair for the BC Centre for International Education and has held senior management roles at BC Institute for Technology, Vancouver Community College, and most recently at Capilano University.

VIEW FROM THE FOREST

Donna Hooker, MSM Higher Ed President

Donna Hooker, MSM Higher Ed President, takes you to her lush home in Upper Fraser Valley, British Columbia to talk about different trends and issues affecting the international education industry. Watch, learn and subscribe to the channel to get her invaluable vlog series, “View from the Forest.”

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ABOUT MSM HIGHER ED

MSM Higher Ed offers education management solutions that create opportunities for students while building capacity for international student enrollment and new revenue streams for partner institutions. Through viable public-private partnerships (PPPs), licensing agreements, program pathways based on articulation arrangements and pan-national and transnational program delivery, we create opportunities for students to earn career-oriented credentials preparing their career or academic advancement. MSM Higher Ed manages private institutions Eton College Canada, Q College, Q Academy, Taylor Pro College, Extreme Pro Training, and College Multihexa.

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