OTTAWA, December 15, 2010 – The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2011 competition for the prestigious “Elizabeth Paterson International Student of the Year Award”. CBIE invites international students at our 150 member institutions to share their experience studying in Canada by participating in this creative writing competition.
The competition invites students to describe their academic, personal and social experience in Canada by writing an original letter (maximum 500 words) which expresses their insights in a creative and dynamic manner. The letter can be written in either of Canada’s two official languages (French or English) and should be addressed to a relative, friend or mentor in their home country. The letter can include up to two photos to help illustrate the message.
“CBIE is committed to helping international students get the most out of their experience,” said Karen McBride, CBIE President. “We believe that encouraging international students to express their views helps Canadian educators, student services professionals and the public offer a warmer welcome which in turn enhances recognition of Canadian education throughout the world.”
The International Student of the Year Award was created in 2004 as a memorial to Elizabeth Paterson, Director of the International Student Centre at the University of Toronto for 25 years, who guided and encouraged thousands of young people from numerous countries though their international learning journey. Elizabeth’s influence on the growing world of international education extended across Canada through her mentoring of newcomers to the international education sector, her research and reports, and her service on the Board of Directors of CBIE.
To submit an application to the “Elizabeth Paterson International Student of the Year Award”, please visit http://cbie.ca/paterson/paterson_e.html.
The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, February 7, 2011 at 16:00 EST.
Winners will be selected by a national committee and will be announced in March 2011. The chosen “International Student of the Year” will receive a $500 cash award. In addition, a silver honourable mention will receive a $200 cash prize and a bronze honourable mention will receive a $100 cash prize.
For more information on the “Elizabeth Paterson International Student of the Year Award” please contact:
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Tel: 613-237-4820 (x245) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is a national, bilingual, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to the promotion of Canada’s international relations through international education: the free movement of ideas and learners across national boundaries. CBIE’s membership comprises 150 colleges, universities, school boards and associates.