Algoma University: Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program Successful Amidst Pandemic

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Algoma University successfully launched the Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program amidst the ongoing global health crisis. The Government of Canada, specifically the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), provided funding for over 150 students who participated in the six pilot courses in the program. This consisted of Algoma University (Canada), Soonchunhyang University (South Korea), and Universitat Jaume I (Spain). It was a success with a 600% increase in student participation from Algoma University and 350% from indigenous students.

“Higher education institutions around the world have had to temporarily pause physical global mobility programs due to COVID-19, which has been challenging for us all,” according to Eunjung Riauka, the coordinator of Global Engagement and Mobility/Internationalization Lead. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Algoma University and other partner universities provided a way for intercultural learning to continue through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) based courses.

Even if everything was done virtually, all the students who joined the COIL-based courses were able to learn and work together. They were grouped in diverse teams and shared thoughts and honed their problem-solving skills to promote competence in a global workforce setting.

The university is committed to providing all the students with diverse learning opportunities using innovative ways. According to Dr. Donna Rogers, the Vice-President of Academic and Research, the school looks forward to future collaborations with other international partners even beyond the pandemic situation.

Algoma University is a top institution in Ontario, which has campuses around Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Brampton. The school is home to over 2,000 students and offers top programs in different fields.

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