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Source: York University

York International Internship Program wins national award

November 3, 2006

TORONTO, November 3, 2006 -- York University has won the 2006 Scotiabank-Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Award (AUCC) for Excellence in Internationalization for its international internship program.

The program has placed undergraduate and graduate students from York in non-credit internships around the world for the past three summers. This award, one of four handed out by the association this year, recognizes Canadian university initiatives that foster understanding of an increasingly global world.

"This is important recognition of the work York has been doing recently," says Adrian Shubert, York’s Associate VP International. "The Scotiabank-AUCC award is the most prestigious in Canada for international initiatives among Canadian universities."

The York University International Internship Program was created three years ago as part of the University’s commitment to internationalization, spearheaded by York Vice-President Academic Sheila Embleton. This summer, York sent 53 students from every faculty to 34 countries.

"These Scotiabank-AUCC Award winners underline the important role universities have in preparing Canadian students for today's global world," said Claire Morris, AUCC president.

"Scotiabank understands the value of a global perspective and that's why we're proud to recognize the achievements of Canadian universities in preparing students – Canada's next generation of political, social, cultural and business leaders – for a global future," said Scotiabank chief executive Rick Waugh.

"York has won four Scotiabank-AUCC awards since they were created 10 years ago -- more than any other university," says Shubert. Schulich's East-West Enterprise Exchange Program and its International MBA Program won in 1997 and 1998, respectively, and Glendon's International Studies Program won in 2004. York has also won other awards for its international initiatives. Last year, the Canadian Bureau of International Education recognized Embleton for leadership in internationalization and the York International Internship Program for outstanding international programming

Scotiabank-AUCC 2006 awards also went to the University of Alberta's Global Education Program in peace and governance; McGill University's international courts and tribunals program; and the University of Western Ontario's Western Heads East program.

An official ceremony will be held at York on Nov. 22 to mark this achievement.

Contact: Keith Marnoch Associate Director, Media Relations (416) 736-2100 ext. 22091



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