Update: November 4, 2020
Your Good News Bulletin
Suzhou learning site celebrates its 15th anniversary
Suzhou Centennial College (SCC) hosted a celebration on October 17 in recognition of 15 years of delivering high quality post-secondary education in China. Festivities included the first SCC International Education Exhibition, an alumni forum, a school-enterprise cooperation signing ceremony, science and technology festival, environmental protection games and student performances. Congratulations were expressed with speeches by the Presidents of SCC and Centennial College, and video messages from Centennial's leadership team.
"As we mark this special occasion, I would like to reflect on our shared history and SCC's legacy: the meaningful impact it has made on the lives of over 10,000 students and 6,000 graduates," remarked President Craig Stephenson. The Suzhou learning site first opened as an extension of the University of Hong Kong before SCC was established in 2016. In recognition of this milestone, SCC announced its new school motto: "Becoming a Better Me." The celebrations were attended by faculty, alumni and 40 special guests, including officials from national, provincial and local government and institutions. Some 1,400 new students enjoyed the spectacular orientation party before commencing their in-person programs at Suzhou Centennial College on October 26.
Additionally, the third meeting of the Suzhou Centennial College Board of Directors was held on October 29. Dr. Stephenson replaced Ann Buller as a new board member, while Brad Chapman, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Business Development, will serve the board as its new Chairperson. As the only Canadian college national approved by the Chinese government, we congratulate Brad Chapman on becoming the first board chairperson of a Canadian institution in China.
The China Annual Conference for International Education (CACIE)
CACIE recently hosted its 21st annual conference in Beijing, welcoming 3,000 participants and 1,000 educational institutions in-person and virtually. Dr. Marilyn Herie, VP Academic and Chief Learning Officer, shared a pre-recorded seminar on "Post-Pandemic Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Ontario, Canada and Suzhou, China." As part of a panel of institutional leaders from the UK, Canada and China, Dr. Herie shared best practices in teaching excellence, global and digital citizenship, as well as partnerships and pathways in China. Watch the seminar on-demand to learn about the exciting work Centennial is doing in collaboration with our thriving SCC learning site in Suzhou, China.
Voices of the Holocaust: the need to listen and remember
Centennial College commemorates Holocaust Education Week every November to honour the experiences of Holocaust survivors through their testimonies. Over time, these treasured voices and narratives are disappearing. It is with greater consciousness we must keep the lessons of the Holocaust alive. We continue to strive to build our community based on the foundations of responsibility and respect. Join us on Monday, November 9 from 1 to 2 pm for our live virtual event with keynote speaker and Holocaust survivor Andy Reti. As a child survivor of the Shoah, Mr. Reti will share his memories of his family’s capture and separation by recounting the experience of being forced into a Jewish ghetto. Register in advance for this Zoom webinar to hear this incredible and courageous story of resilience and survival. To learn more about the Holocaust and other Genocides, visit the Centennial Library’s Virtual Display.
Next week is International Education Week…at home
Centennial College is joining education institutions across the globe to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) from November 9 to 13. IEW is an annual event intended to raise awareness of the impact of cross-cultural exchange and showcase the many benefits of international education and mobility. Our fitting theme this year is “IEW at Home.” Never before has the global community been rocked by such a widespread pandemic, and so we are compelled to think about the impact of our ideas and actions…at home. How can we broaden our perspectives without connecting in person? How can we utilize our interest in international affairs and turn them into global competencies?
At Centennial, IEW has always been an opportunity for us to celebrate the diversity of our students and staff, to reflect on our shared experiences and work towards forging sustainable relationships with our community and global partners. IEW2020 involves coming together to share stories and learn with each other through our virtual workshops and online cultural parties. We look forward to celebrating with all members of the Centennial community. Did we mention there will also be draws for daily prizes? Learn about all our virtual events for the week.
Redefining academic career success for students with disabilities
In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, our Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion (GCEI) hosted an inaugural student-led conversation on disability and success. Sumankalai Kanagasekarampillai, a Deaf advocate and a second-year student in the Developmental Service Worker program, led us through an engaging conversation with three other speakers, including current staff and a recent Centennial graduate.
To continue the conversation on disability and success, we are inviting everyone to our next event, "Redefining Academic Career Success for Students with Disabilities," on Friday, November 13, 12:30 to 2 pm. At this Zoom virtual event, you will join a diverse group of industries and Centennial staff and students in a dynamic conversation about disability and employment. The event will include a panel discussion featuring leaders in creating an inclusive learning and working environment, intimate conversations with panelists in breakout rooms, and a launch of dynamic resources to support the success of students with disabilities. Register now for this free event to reserve your spot!