After a year of lockdown measures and travel restrictions, the third session in our One on One webinar series revolved around how institutions in different parts of Canada have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and what their outlook is for the future. Moderated by Husain F. Neemuchwala of the Canada India Education Council, points mentioned include:
Challenges institutions should expect to face as students return
Changes that educators have made to maintain the student experience
Steps that must be taken before institutions re-open and students are back on campus
Alexander College is a private post-secondary institution serving approximately 2,000 students each year. Established in 2006 under the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Alexander College consists of two urban campuses located in Burnaby and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Alexander College is recognized and accredited by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Degree Quality Assurance Board (DQAB), BC Education Quality Assurance (EQA) program, and is a proud participant in the BC Transfer System, organized by the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT).
Alexander College first offered University Transfer and English for Academic Purposes programs. These programs are designed to help first and second year undergraduates to achieve success in their transition to the post-secondary environment through strong student support and services. In 2006 Alexander College was approved to offer the Associate of Arts degree, followed by the Associate of Science degree in 2011.
Situated in Vancouver, Canada, Acsenda School of Management specializes in leadership and business with a distinct international focus. The school is a small, private institution with undergraduate programs, a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program with different specialities since 2004 and, beginning in January 2015, a Bachelor of Hospitality Management Degree. Acsenda operates with its own academic governance model modelled to support a strong academic culture.
BCIT is one of British Columbia’s most popular post-secondary institutions with nearly 50,000 students enrolled. Founded in 1964, the establishment has five main campuses along with additional satellite locations across the province. They offer degrees, diplomas and certificates in an expansive variety of programs. BCIT provides students with theory based learning while working with industry to allow students to apply their knowledge both on campus and in the field. Upon graduation, students will have the skills needed to participate in the workforce immediately.
Located in North Vancouver, Capilano University first opened its doors as a college in 1968 responding to the need for local education. In 2009, registration had grown from 748 to 7,500. Capilano University offers a wide range of accreditation and degrees across six areas of study: Arts & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation, Health & Education, Fine & Applied Arts, and Continuing Education.
Carleton University is a comprehensive university located in Ottawa, Ontario — the capital of Canada. Since its foundation in 1942 as Ontario’s first private, non-denominational college, occupying rented premises, the University has grown to become a public institution with upwards of 65 areas of study. Carleton has built a strong reputation in many fields — including engineering, humanities, international business, and across the Faculty of Public Affairs (e.g. international affairs, journalism, legal studies, political science, and public policy & administrations).
With their main campus found in Prince George, the College of New Caledonia has served a crucial role in educating the citizens of northern B.C. since 1969. CNC currently offers more than 50 programs to students spanning fields from health sciences, trades and technologies, social services, business and university studies. The institution also provides affordable tuition and hands-on learning experiences with no more than 37 students in each class. In less than a year, students can acquire the skills they need for successful careers.
Located in the pristine province of British Columbia, the College of the Rockies is a public, community college offering a variety of programs both in-class and online. Just a few years ago, the college announced their four-year Bachelor of Business Administration—a proud milestone for the 35 year old school.
Located just outside of Toronto, Durham College was founded in 1967 with 14 staff members and barely 200 students. They have since evolved to include two main campuses and, through successful partnerships with York & Trent Universities, the establishment of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (OUIT) in 2003. Durham and OUIT share campuses and facilities, making it easier for students to pursue both a degree and a diploma in a variety of programs.
Destination Canada’s “Prepare for Canada” program provides prospective immigrants with opportunities to prepare for success in Canada through seminars and information focusing on job readiness and the first steps required for settlement along with operating overseas and in-Canada through online and in-person activities. Their desire is to make a difference in immigrants’ integration into Canada and build bridges among Canada’s diverse population for a better future for the entire country.
Located in Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Haliburton, and Cobourg. The college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Science, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Services, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 68,000 alumni.
Herzing College has been helping students develop marketable business, design, healthcare, legal and technology skills since 1968. Their curriculum has been shaped to with the input of local employers to keep pace with the evolving requirements of industry. The goal at Herzing is to equip gradates with what they need to acquire financially and emotionally rewarding careers. The career development department provides students with resources and training to help them find success after graduation as their commitment to students is a top priority at Herzing.
Humber College is a polytechnic institute with three campuses in and around Toronto. Since its inception in 1967, the school has expanded to offer over 150 programs spanning 40 fields of study, awarding everything from apprenticeships and diplomas to post-graduate certificates and bachelor’s degrees—the latter in conjunction with the University of Guelph.
Due to the popularity of the school, many current and successful industry professionals are in fact alumni of Humber College.
KPU was formed in 1981, after separating from Douglas College. The university then took over the campus south of the Fraser River, where KPU continues to be present today.
In 1995, the institution became a degree-granting university college, and in 2008 became a polytechnic university.More than 20,000 students annually (over 12,000 full-time equivalency students). 57,000+ registered alumni around the world.
KPU is Canada’s only polytechnic university. We focus on hands-on skills, in addition to traditional academics. There are a total of 140 programs available at KPU, many of which include work experience terms, practicums, or cooperative education options.
Established in 1970, Langara College aimed to become a community leader for accessible, quality education. Decades later, Langara ranks among the top undergraduate institutions, delivering exceptional learning opportunities through a wide range of certificate, diploma and degree programs. With the contributions of staff and faculty, their programs and services continue to grow while continuing to meet the needs of the community.
The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is a Toronto, Ontario based post-secondary institution that was established in 1958. Their motto is “Better Experience, Best Education” as they deliver in-hospital training and work to advance research and improve the health of the community and the world.
The Michener Institute offers a variety of full-time and continuing education programs spanning many fields of study. They also offer Bachelor Degrees in conjunction with University of Toronto, Laurentian University, and Dalhousie University.
The Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) is a voluntary professional association representing 5,000 practising school leaders in elementary and secondary schools across Ontario. We believe that exemplary leadership results in outstanding schools and improved student achievement. We foster quality leadership through world-class professional services and supports, striving to continuously achieve “quality leadership – our principal product.”
As an ISO 9001 compliant organization, the OPC’s mission is to promote and develop exemplary leadership for student success in Ontario’s schools. The design and delivery of its training and professional learning programs and the provision of support services have obtained this internationally recognized standard for quality management.
The OPC offers a broad range of opportunities dedicated exclusively to the professional development and certification of principals, vice-principals and supervisory officials. In addition to the design and provision of accreditation programs, the OPC has developed customized programs for school administrators in Canada and around the world. A key role of the principal and vice-principal is the monitoring and support for teachers in implementing standards-based education that maximizes teaching and learning opportunities for every child.
Education Leadership Canada (ELC), a division of OPC, has accredited over 8000 principals in Ontario since the beginning of the accreditation program in 2000 and has licensed over 750 supervisory officials since the start of the certification program in 2002. With this, the OPC is one of Canada’s foremost training organizations for school leaders, as well as the largest provider of principal certification programs in Ontario. These certification programs are now recognized by both Ontario and International Universities.
The OPC works very closely with the Ministry of Education in Ontario to ensure that school leaders have the required practices, skills and attitudes to maximize learning conditions for all students. The Ministry of Education also consults and contracts with the OPC on a continuous and frequent basis. As a professional association, the OPC is able to design, develop and deliver professional learning that is practical, scholarly and current. All branches of the Ministry of Education work with the OPC, as do the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Faculties of Education, all curriculum associations, Ontario Education Research Strategy and all school districts across the province.
The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a Canadian registered charity working to create binational links in academia, business, and government by funding research and seminars. They provide grants, internships, fellowships, and other forms of first-hand experience in India and in Canada as well as connecting the Indian community abroad to Canadian institutions.
Formed in 1965, Simon Fraser Univeristy has established itself as the lead comprehensive university in Canada. With campuses in three of the largest municipalities in British Columbia and connections to partner communities in the province and around the world, SFU aims to be the most community-engaged research university in the country. SFU is among the world’s top research and teaching universities with more than 30,000 students, 6,500 staff members and 120,000 alumni while also ranking on the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list of universities.
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in U Sports sports.
More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Located in Guelph, Ontario, the University of Guelph was founded in 1964 combining the Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario Agricultural College, and the MacDonald Institute. In 2002, a university-college partnership was arranged with Humber College and opened on their North Campus in Toronto, Ontario.
The University has grown to serve more than 21,000 students and staff members and offers more than 94 undergraduate, 48 graduate, and 6 associate degrees across a variety of disciplines.
Due to its origins in agriculture and veterinary science, students are particularly attracted to these two areas of study.
“The University of Guelph has also been ranked 50 among the top 100 universities under 50 years old by Times Higher Education.”
Founded in 1911 as a high school and gaining full university status in 1934, the University of Regina is located in the capital of Saskatchewan. The publicly-funded research school has earned a reputation for its experiential learning, encouraging internships and professional and co-operative placements in more than forty programs.
The largest university in the province, the University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1907 on the premise of providing a higher education to everyone regardless of gender, race, creed, or religion. It formed as an agricultural university but has since expanded to include more than 200 programs of study. As a research university, the University can claim credit for the discoveries of sulphate-resistant cement and the cobalt-60 cancer treatment unit.
Located in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 15,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India.
UFV is large enough to offer variety, and yet small class sizes allow you to get to know your instructors and learn in a hands-on environment. We offer more than 100 programs, including two master’s degrees, 19 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas, and more than a dozen trades and technology programs.
The University of Western Ontario, recently renamed to Western University, is a publicly funded research hospital in London, Ontario. It was founded in 1878 and is today among the top universities in Canada, boasting tremendous facilities—like research labs and teaching hospitals—and a strong education in every field.
While we are thankful to the many members we serve and are grateful for their support, it has come to our attention that a few 'Copy Cat' organizations have been hastily created to replicate our success. Such 'similar sounding' organizations have been ostensibly established in India and purport to give the impression that there is a causal, legal or business relationship with our duly organized and recognized, Canadian non-profit association, the CANADA INDIA EDUCATION COUNCIL(CIEC).
The activity of these Indian organizations have no sanction from us and their nefarious activities may be to the detriment of those dealing with them. Please take notice, any communication or contact with you will be through our legally established website, or via correspondence through, with or from, our Chairman Hon. Pierre J. Pettigrew PC; Vice-Chairman Kam Rathee, Esq or our CEO Husain F. Neemuchwala.