Nov 28 - Douglas wins national award for international education
Douglas College has won a national "outstanding program" award for its Uganda Project
, an initiative that sends student interns to the African country to work in hospitals, libraries and aid centres.
The Outstanding Program in International Education Award was given to Douglas by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) at the CBIE's 45th Annual Conference Nov. 20-23, in Ottawa.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education is a national, not-for-profit organization that promotes Canada's international relations through international education.
The award is given to an institution or program that demonstrates high-quality and highly creative programming in international education and is a model of best practice that is transferable to other institutions.
"This firmly establishes Douglas College as a national leader and benchmark for best-practice international education," says Bob Shebib, coordinator of Douglas's Community Social Service Work (CSSW) Department, which began offering its students practicum opportunities in Uganda in 2006.
The Uganda Program has grown to become a key driver for the internationalization of Douglas College. Every year selected students are sent to Uganda to do three-month practicums in social work, education, health care, community-based organizations and a variety of Ugandan and international non-governmental organizations.
"We go to Africa as learners, knowing that we do not have solutions to Africa's complex problems," says Shebib, who travelled to Uganda with six interns last spring. "Our learning comes from working with Africans as they implement their own ‘made in Africa' initiatives."
The Uganda Project also includes the Uganda Endowment Fund, which awards money to social service agencies to help Ugandans become more self-sufficient. Funded projects include education and employment programs as well as endeavours to obtain equipment and resources to develop health care and social services.