Humber offering experimental international program this summer
International Feb 8, 2019 Ryan Hanna
By Ryan Hanna, for Skedline.com
The School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber College is now accepting applications for a new, one-week international trip to Odense, Denmark. This program is the first of its kind at Humber and started off in October, Aimee Fereé from the School of Media Studies & Information Technology says, when Humber sent two professors to participate in a similar program in Copenhagen.
Aimed at any student who is looking to put the skills they’ve learned in their program to the test, the program will take place at University College Lillebaelt. The program is part of Humber’s second 5-year internationalization strategy, which is created by the International Centre to promote the concept of studying and participating in opportunities abroad for Humber students, and for international students to come to Humber.
The newest addition to the program is building on last year’s experience, Fereé says, and will allow students from various programs to challenge their design and thinking skills. Though the client still has to be determined, students will be provided with a problem by them and be expected to solve it by the end of the week.
“Diversity of perspective and skill are essential elements that contribute to the success of the design outcomes, so this is why it’s important to bring in students from all different kinds of programs,” explains Fereé.
Though the time spent in the country will be short, students can expect to gain knowledge and experience from the program, and the “hope that as they immerse themselves in a new environment and culture, take advantage of the unique opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems,” continues Fereé.
To sweeten the deal, students will be eligible for placement hours if their placement advisor approves them and can apply for a bursary to cover a small amount of the trip.
The students will be located in Odense, the third-biggest city in Denmark, located on the island of Funen. Throughout the week, students will be spending most of their time at the UCL campus where they will be working together to collaborate on an innovative solution to the problem presented to them.
“We expect that international students will have a good chance to experience a real-life based project, have a glimpse of the Danish educational system with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and to experience the Dutch culture,” explains Lars Bojen, an international coordinator at UCL.