On Monday, March 17th, 2008, a delegation from India visited the University of Manitoba as part of a cross-country “Education Exposure Mission”. Participating in the delegation were: Mr. Faisal Beg, the Trade Commissioner with the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, Dr. Kirti Narain, the Principal of Jai Hind College, Mr. Keshav Sinh, the AGM Business Services with Eduexcel, Ms. Pragya Kaushika, a journalist with The Times of India, and Ms. Rahat Bano, the Senior Copy Editor with Hindustan Times. Accompanying the delegation were Mr. Darcy Rollins, the Director of International Education, Ms. Donna Everitt, the Coordinator of International Education, and Ms. Courtney Edmundson, a Management Intern with International Education, all with Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade.
The delegation visited Halifax on March 10th; Montreal on March 11th-12th; Toronto on March 13th-14th; Niagara College at Niagara during the weekend of March 15th-16th; Winnipeg on March 17th; and Vancouver on March 18th.
The purpose of the delegation's mission was to become familiar with Canadian post-secondary education institutions, the institutions' key strengths and uniqueness, their admissions processes, and their attractiveness to, and services for international students. The delegation chose institutions based on their degree of engagement and strategy towards the Indian market. It is hoped that the exposure garnered during the mission will help build a better profile for Canadian education in India. A similar tour in 2007 produced many positive articles in the Indian media.
The delegates had a very busy schedule awaiting them upon their arrival at the University of Manitoba. They first met with Dr. Emőke Szathmáry, the University's President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Digvir Jayas, Associate Vice-President (Research), Mr. John Alho, Associate Vice-President (External) and Dr. James Dean, the Executive Director of the University's Office of International Relations to discuss the University's development initiatives in India.
Following this meeting, Dr. Jayas led the delegation on a tour of the University's Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research.
The delegation met with Mr. Peter Dueck, the University's Executive Director of Enrolment Services, Mr. Derek Wahl, Recruitment Officer and Former Acting Director of Student Recruitment, Enrolment Services, Ms. Lianne Paturel, Director of Student Recruitment, Enrolment Services, Dr. Michael Trevan, the Dean of our Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Mr. J.P. Burak, the International Program Coordinator for our Faculty of Engineering, and Ms. Rhonda Friesen, the Manager of International Cooperation Agreements in the University's Office of International Relations. The group discussed the University's recruitment efforts in India as well as our student-related agreements with insitutions in India.
The delegation visited the University's International Centre for Students. There they met with Mr. Tony Rogge, the Centre's Director and Ms. Lois Ward, the Centre's Program Coordinator, who outlined the University’s support services for our international students. As well, one of the University's International Students from India, Mr. Rajarammanna Ramachandran attended and provided his perspective on being an international student at our institution.
Lt. to Rt. Back Row: Ms. Edmundson, Mr. Alho, Ms. Everitt, Dr. Szathmáry, Mr. Sinh, Mr. Rollins, Mr. Beg, Dr. Dean, Dr. Jayas
Lt. to Rt. Front Row: Ms. Bano, Dr. Narain, Ms. Kaushika
Dr. Jayas in the CWB Centre for Grain Storage Research
Mr. Dueck during the recruitment meeting
Lt. to Rt. Back Row: Ms. Everitt, Ms. Edmundon
Lt. to Rt. Front Row: Ms. Kaushika, Ms. Bano, Dr. Trevan, Mr. Beg
Mr. Wahl during recruitment meeting
Lt. to Rt. Back Row: Mr. Sinh, Mr. Burak, Dr. Narain
Meeting at the International Centre for Students
Lt. to Rt.: Mr. Rogge, Ms. Ward, Ms. Kaushika, Ms. Bano, Mr. Sinh, Mr. Ramachandran, Ms. Everitt, Ms. Edmundson