International Education and Local Employment: Is the Ontario Labour Market Global-Ready? @ 234 York Lanes
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Universities Canada report ‘Canada’s Universities in the World’ (2014) claims that preparing domestic and international students for a globalized labour market is the key rationale for internationalization. It states: “among the most prominently discussed rationales for internationalization is creating globally aware graduates with skills suited to the jobs of today and tomorrow” (p. 3). This implies that employers are looking for and are in need of graduates with international and intercultural competencies. Is this the rhetoric or reality when it comes to the Ontario labour market and what are its implications for international educators and policy makers?


Roopa Desai-Trilokekar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
International Students as “Ideal” Immigrants: Perspectives from International Students, University Staff & Employers

International students have come to be viewed as “ideal” immigrants or “designer migrants” (Simmons, 1999, cited by Chira, 2013) encouraging shifts in government and institutional policy, programs and services to facilitate their transition to permanent residents. Findings from three studies (exploring the perspectives of international students, university staff and Ontario employers) will be presented to identify contradictions in policy rhetoric and challenges and limitations in translating policy into practice.

Laura Crane, Director of Academic Affairs and Operations, Faculty of Education
Ontario School Administrators’ Consideration of Teachers’ International Experiences during the Hiring Process

Many Ontario-educated teachers are gaining international experience, through international internships, exchanges, practicum placement or paid employment. Hear about how a quantitative study of 131 Ontario school administrators consider international experience—and other factors—during the local hiring process.

Discussant: Qiang Zha, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Please RSVP to by February 29, 2016 to confirm your attendance. A light lunch will be served.