NC’s signature Be World Ready program returns with exciting new initiatives

This article was published on: October 7th, 2022

This Fall 2022 term, many of Niagara College’s Be World Ready (BWR) innovative and immersive programming is returning as well as some new initiatives that are sure to present life-changing opportunities for students, staff, faculty, as well as local and global communities.

BWR supports leadership development in NC students by providing diverse, global perspectives and opportunities, allowing students to develop intercultural skills and global citizenship values increasingly required in an interconnected world.

The program continues to celebrate diversity in the classroom and create access to opportunities that offer a global learning environment for all students. As one of Canada’s leading global colleges, NC has a global reach and continues to ‘bring the world to Niagara, bring Niagara to the world’ and prepare world-ready graduates, staff and faculty.

To achieve these goals, NC’s BWR program offers opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to develop intercultural competencies and adopt a global mindset through opportunities offered both on-campus and around the world. These opportunities also seek to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

“Be World Ready is thrilled to be introducing these amazing initiatives both on campus and abroad this term,” shared Maxine Semple, NC’s Manger, Cultural and Global Engagement. “The team has been working hard these last several months to prepare for the relaunch of Be World Ready to bring more opportunities to all NC students and support the development of their intercultural competencies. We’re also happy to have our new team member Kimberly Mikalauskas, our Study and Work Abroad Advisor in Welland, bringing in fresh new ideas and initiatives too.”

The College’s BWR initiatives will benefit from recent funding from the federal government’s $95 million Outbound Student Mobility Pilot program. As announced in November 2021, NC was awarded $1 million in study/work abroad funding through the program. The funding, consisting of two $500,000 grants, will support the launch of two projects at the College – Local to Global and Global Employment Opportunities – that will provide 1,500 students with access to study/work abroad experiences, both virtually and in-person, over the next four years.

Sustainability

BWR is mindful of the environmental impact of its travels abroad. To recognize this impact and its commitment to climate action, Be World Ready plants a tree to represent each International Field Study. This commitment can be seen in BWR’s selection of the most sustainable travel options available, and incorporation of activities into field studies which promote awareness, understanding, and restoration of our global environments.

Students participating in the Fall 2022 International Field Studies will have their trees planted at one of Niagara College’s campuses. The planting ceremony will take place this Spring 2023, and an official Be World Ready plaque will mark the tree, in commemoration of the trip. Students had the opportunity to vote on a tree to be planted – all tree options provided to students are native to the Carolinian zone, whose area extends just north of Barrie, Ontario.

The following trees were selected:

  • Ireland – Business: Sugar Maple
  • Ireland – Community Services: Black Willow
  • Costa Rica: American Hornbeam

“At Niagara College and at Be World Ready, we like to ‘Dream Big,’” shared Study and Work Abroad Advisor, Elisabeth Vint, who is spearheading this initiative. “Our big dream is that these trees will create a legacy on campus, and will offer past, present, and future students the opportunity to explore and remember the international journeys NC students have embarked on.”

Additionally, Be World Ready is partnering with NC’s Sustainability team to host in-person and virtual activities promoting the UNSDGs and will involve their newly created Wheel of Purpose. This will take place later in the Fall 2022 term.

Love in Transit

Founded by Be World Ready team member, Rebecca Morrison and operated by the Be World Ready program, Love in Transit is grounded in the belief that every person deserves to continue their path, or embark on a new one, to reach their next destination with love, care and dignity. Together, we as students, staff and members of the community can unite together for a common goal: to provide our vulnerable community members with a little ‘Love in Transit.’

BWR is uniquely positioned within the Niagara College community, and by extension the broader community through the friends and family members of our staff and students, to bring light to the need for the collection of gently used backpacks, duffels, totes and suitcases to donate to local organizations that assist some of our region’s most vulnerable citizens. Through this program, the BWR team will work in partnership with local organizations such as Women’s Place of South Niagara, YWCA and Village of Hope, to assist citizens who are transitioning from shelter life to independent living.

Stay tuned for more details on the first donation collection period taking place this fall.

Semester Exchanges

This Fall 2022 term, Niagara College welcomed 13 inbound exchange students through the Be World Ready program. Four of these students are being welcomed through the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program – a scholarship program providing students from the Caribbean and Latin America with short term exchange opportunities for study or research in Canada. NC will also welcome six students from Germany, two from Italy and one student from Ireland.

Semester abroad experiences help students become more world-ready and work-ready graduates through the development of cultural competencies and a global mindset. Welcoming exchange students from around the world through established global relationships with academic partners also creates more opportunities for two-way student mobility, paving the way for more of NC’s Canadian students to study abroad.

Find out more about semester exchange opportunities through the Be World Ready program.

International Field Studies (IFS) Trips

New experiences await NC students ready to embark on Be World Ready international adventures during their mid-term breaks. Over the next three years, BWR is planning 75 unique IFS trips to over 35 countries. This Fall 2022 term, over 60 travellers are anticipated to engage in the three IFS trips offered – two trips will take place in Ireland and another in Costa Rica.

Find out more about IFS opportunities through the Be World Ready program.

Be World Ready Brews

The Brewmaster students are brewing up the tastes of the world, to be sold at the 2022 Canadian Bureau for International Education Conference in Toronto, happening November 13 to 16 in recognition of International Education Week (Nov. 14 to 18).

Stay tuned for more details!

Get Involved

Staff and faculty are encouraged to become involved with the Be World Ready program. Opportunities range from global experiences such as leading an IFS trip, or local initiatives. On October 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Be World Ready team will be hosting a Global Learning Lounge. Join the session to learn about how you can get involved by supporting, scoping or leading global learning opportunities in the classroom, on campus, in the community and around the world.

Details about the online session will be shared on InsideNC soon.

For more information and to explore ways to participate, please visit the Be World Ready website.