CIET’s mission is to improve the human condition through educational development by sharing the expertise and experience in the Faculty of Education at University of Regina, and it’s educational partners in the Province of Saskatchewan, through involvement in culturally sensitive, sustainable, international development projects.
Consistent with both the stated goals of the University of Regina relating to internationalization, and with the University and Faculty mandates to provide service to the wider community, CIET provides a infrastructure through which Education Faculty can participate in meaningful, sustainable, international development activities. CIET recognizes the benefits to participants–both at home and abroad–which result from the rich and meaningful relationships that develop through international projects. The dual purposes of service to the international community and mutual growth through cultural exchange constitute the fundamental reasons for engagement in international projects. CIET exists to provide a vehicle through which members can pursue service and scholarly activities, by fostering, supporting and developing the Faculty of Education’s involvement in the global community.
CIET became the formal home of the Faculty’s international activities in 1995. As the Faculty’s international persona, its roles include the following:
- coordinate international projects in which education is the vehicle for sustainable social change.
- assist members in the planning, implementation, and funding of scholarly proposals consistent with the principles of CIET.
- provide Faculty of Education members and other members of the university and educational communities the opportunity to work with partners in other countries.
- provide opportunities for collaboration with scholars from other universities and countries.
- provide opportunities for visiting scholars at the University of Regina.
- provide the Faculty’s link with partners interested in the development of collaborative international initiatives consistent with CIET’s guiding principles.
- represent the Faculty of Education in its relationships with the University’s Office of International Cooperation and Development and the International Cooperation and Communication Committee.
CIET has been involved in international projects in Cameroon, Chile, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Guyana, Panama, The Peoples’ Republic of China, Spain, Thailand, and the United States.
Recent and on-going projects include:
CIET Projects and Programs–High Points
1. CIET, through participation in Malawi’s Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) system, continues its support and involvement in the country of Malawi. The University of Regina and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) signed the Contribution Agreement for this project in June 2008. Project members are involved with a number of administrative activities, including visits to Malawi in updating the project proposal and the grounding of a Project Implementation Plan (PIP). Through the tireless efforts of the Malawi team, CIET underwrites the planning, implementation, and steering/guidance activities currently reaching the halfway point in the project. The CIET director will participate in a steering committee visit scheduled for late January 2011.
2. Continued work on the President’s Initiative Fund Project (facilitating attendance of Chinese high school graduates in undergraduate programs at the University of Regina) continues. This project is charged with providing support for Chinese students in making the often difficult adjustments necessary to study at the University of Regina. CIET’s bridging project includes assistance in English preparation, cultural preparedness, procurement of student visas and program application (University of Regina). To this end Rod Dolmage and Bertrand Lee (former head of the University of Regina ESL Program) visited educational institutions in Shanghai, Tianjin, Changchun, Jilin City and Beijing in November/December 2009. Rod returned to China with Ashley Yeaman (UR International) in the summer of 2010.
In total, four centres have indicated interest in creating Bridging Programs for their institutions with three memoranda of understanding struck:
- University of Regina/Centre for International Education and Training and Shanghai International Studies, University Education Group
- University of Regina/Centre for International Education and Training and Hexi District Education Bureau – Tianjin
- University of Regina/Centre for International Education and Training and Chinese Middle School graduates in Changchun, in partnership with the School of Foreign Language Education – Jilin University. A further visit by Douglas Brown (CIET Director) is planned for the new year, 2011. With this visit, students enrolled in the Shanghai International Studies University Bridging Project will be administered English Language Proficiency examinations. Further communication with Chinese partners is both welcomed and expected.
3. CIET facilitated a visit by a small delegation from a Chinese High School in Nov. 2009.
4. CIET supported Andrea Sterzuk in her initiative to bring a scholar from Xiaomen University of Technology to the University