George Brown honoured for international efforts

George Brown International staff and faculty

George Brown College received a top honour for our efforts to bring global perspectives to the classroom, provide international work and study opportunities, and support international students.

Colleges and Institutes Canada Open New Browser Window (CICAN), an organization representing publicly funded colleges and institutes of technology, named George Brown a gold recipient of the Internationalization Excellence Award.

“George Brown enjoys an international reputation for producing graduates who are globally aware, multi-culturally savvy, and workplace ready," says Jose Balcaceres, Executive Director of the International Centre at George Brown College.

"Canadian and international George Brown graduates are valued by employers around the world.”

George Brown received the award at a ceremony in Ottawa on May 1. 

"The recipients of our awards of excellence embody the best that colleges and institutes have to offer in a variety of sectors and disciplines”, says CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “They are examples of innovation and dedication that make our institutions proud and contribute to the vibrant and welcoming culture found on campuses across Canada.”

International opportunities at George Brown

Diversity on campus

George Brown's international student population is among the most diverse in Canada.

  • International students enrolled at George Brown come from 115 countries.
  • Students from China, India and South Korea account for 60 per cent of international student enrolment.
  • Students from other countries, including Vietnam, Russia, Brazil, Ukraine and Japan also make up a significant portion of international student enrolment.

International partnerships

George Brown has nearly 50 academic partnerships and several industry partnerships across 17 countries.

In 2016-17, 343 students completed international studies and placements – 218 work and 125 study – across 43 programs in 28 countries.

Bringing international perspectives to the classroom

As of 2016-17, 37 programs have undergone the program internationalization assessment to ensure global perspectives are part of the student experience.