With the recent growth in the numbers and types of student mobility programs with the South, there has been increased debate on the effectiveness of such programs in developing global citizens and on their contribution to development results.
Universities Canada is currently studying mobility in North-South partnerships, particularly the outgoing mobility of Canadian students. Through research, consultations and policy dialogue, we are identifying and documenting promising practices in student mobility programs implemented by Canadian universities as part of their internationalization strategy and examining the success factors behind them.
Universities Canada managed the Students for Development program from 2005 to 2014. The program enabled 1,515 Canadian university students to participate in three to six month internships with host organizations in developing and emerging countries. As the program was coming to a close, Universities Canada commissioned studies to assess the impact of the program. Some of the results are provided below.
Results and lessons from the Students for Development program Presentation at the CBIE conference (November 2014)
Promising practices in North-South Youth internships Presentation at the IVCO conference (October 2014)