Saint Mary’s is acknowledged as Canada’s International University.

Our global reach, welcoming environment for international students, faculty and staff, and our leadership role all contribute to our strong reputation in this area. Earlier this summer, the Globe and Mail profiled two Canadian universities which are taking internationalization to new heights, the University of Calgary and Saint Mary’s University.

I had the opportunity to represent Saint Mary’s on diplomatic and recruitment trips in South Asia and China, as well as to accompany the Premier on a trade mission to China. This is part of the legacy of my predecessor, Dr. Colin Dodds—and I applaud his leadership in working with the provincial and federal governments to adopt immigration policies that are already making a difference in helping international students remain here in Nova Scotia to make a lasting impact on our local economy.

For the past two summers, we have hosted successful institutes for faculty members, professors, and students from Beijing Normal University Zhuhai (BNUZ), China. The relationship between our university and BNUZ is strong and there are partnerships with all faculties. Our relationship with BNUZ is exactly the sort of relationship envisaged in the NS-China Strategy announced by the Government of Nova Scotia earlier this year.