SAULT STE. MARIE, ON — Feb. 4, 2022: As part of Algoma University’s ongoing efforts to increase international partnerships, and create new exchange opportunities for students and faculty, the Experiential Learning and International Affairs team recently signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with two prominent Belgian universities, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences (TM) and Howest University of Applied Sciences (HUAS).
Algoma University students will now be able to study, conduct research, or complete an internship in Belgium as a part of their undergraduate experience. Students will gain valuable global experience while developing intercultural communication skills. These agreements will also provide staff and faculty exchange opportunities, COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning), and international research opportunities at both institutions.
“This agreement adds diversity to our portfolio of international partnerships, by bringing Belgian perspectives to Algoma and providing important language-learning and international cross-cultural academic opportunities for Algoma University students,” noted Dr. Donna Rogers, vice-president of academic and research. “Building international connections and providing experiential learning opportunities for students through internationalization is a key strategic direction of Algoma University’s 2021-2026 Academic Plan.”
Thomas More is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, offering more than 30 Dutch-taught and a range of English-taught bachelor degree programmes and postgraduates in the province of Antwerp.
“Thomas More (Belgium) is eager to extend its collaborations in Canada to Algoma University. We see potential in many areas. Currently, we are already engaged in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) between the faculties of Biomedical Laboratory Technology and Business Management,” stated Inge Vervoort, head of the international office at Thomas More University.
"Inclusion and diversity are part of Thomas More’s mission and vision. As a nation, Canada is known for its high standards in promoting independent living, accessibility and respect for diversity. Country indexes show that Canada can be taken as a reference in relation to those topics. So also in this regard, we hope to exchange good practices and theories.”
Howest University of Applied Sciences in West Flanders has five campuses situated in Bruges and Kortrijk, with 24 bachelor programmes, 10 postgraduate certificate programmes and is known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education and research.
“Howest UAS looks forward to welcoming Algoma University students to Bruges or Kortrijk. Howest can facilitate internships for Algoma students within our vast network, stated Isabelle Pertry, director of international affairs at Howest University of Applied Sciences.
“Bruges, as a UNESCO World Heritage city, and Kortrijk, with its title of UNESCO Design Region, both breathe European history and modernity. Our study departments are eager to get to know Algoma University counterparts and explore collaboration options. We anticipate strong interest among our students for a study abroad semester at Algoma University’s campus in Sault Ste. Marie."
For more information about Algoma University’s Global Engagement Programs visit our website here.
About Algoma University
Algoma University, established in Sault Ste. Marie in 1965, offers a wide range of degrees and certificates spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. The university also offers programming at campus locations in Brampton and Timmins. Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous populations and other communities.