Inbound Global Learning Opportunities
In 2016, Humber’s Faculty of Social and Community Services (FSCS) developed a joint program with the Nanjing Forest Police College, in Nanjing, China. Through this partnership, students in their second year at the Nanjing Forest Police College can complete one semester of their studies at Humber College. Taking courses in Crime Scene Investigation, Police Foundations, and English Language studies, students have the unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of basic crime scene investigation skills and techniques and are exposed to the Canadian justice and college system. Currently the FSCS has one intake of students per academic year. In fall 2017, the FSCS hosted the first group of 25 students and welcomed the second group of 25 students in September 2018. The FSCS and Nanjing Forest Police College are developing opportunities for a second intake in the Winter or Spring semester.
Outbound Global Learning Opportunities
In preparation for the arrival of the Nanjing students, a formal invitation was extended by the Nanjing Forest Police College to Humber for both students and faculty to travel to China to expose Humber students to the Chinese college system, China’s justice system and to provide opportunities for cultural discovery and exchange. In March 2018, 12 Faculty of Social and Community Services students from the Police Foundations, Crime Scene Investigation and Protection, Security and Investigation programs traveled to Shanghai and Nanjing, China with FSCS faculty and administration to experience international experiential learning. The trip was so successful that it is being offered again in March 2019.
For the 2017/2018 academic year, the FSCS hosted two visiting scholars, Henry Ke and Iris Zhou, from the Nanjing Forest Police College. In Fall 2018, the FSCS welcomed a third visiting scholar, Lisa Zhang. Lisa will be conducting joint applied research with a focus on the differences between China and Canadian policing and postsecondary education. The FSCS and Nanjing Forest Police College are exploring further opportunities for collaborative research and knowledge exchange with faculty from both partner institutes, including a global forum on criminal justice related theories and teaching.
On October 16 and 18, 2018, the FSCS hosted a delegation from the Nanjing Forest Police College which included the Vice President, Director of Human Resources, Director of Student Services and an English professor. In addition to meeting to discuss new learning opportunities and pathways for faculty and students, tours of the Toronto Police College and the Toronto Police Forensic Identification Services were arranged.
In collaboration with the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) in Lima, Peru, the Faculty of Social and Community Services was a successful recipient of the 2018 Faculty Mobility Program Scholarship through Global Affairs Canada. Receiving $7000.00 in funding from the Government of Canada, the joint-project proposal was one of 33 selected from a competition open to post-secondary institutes across Canada. Overall, 33 projects from 22 institutes across seven provinces were selected. The Faculty Mobility Program provides full-time faculty at Canadian post-secondary institutes with short-term opportunities to teach or conduct research in Latin Americas and the Caribbean, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels. In collaboration with USIL, the FSCS submitted a project proposal titled “Case-based Curriculum through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).”
In May 2019, Community Development faculty from USIL and Humber College will create case-based learning (CBL) modules that focus on people coming together to identify and address local issues. Each case will include detailed background information on socio-cultural, political and economic realities that impact decision making and outcomes related to community work in each country. The cases will support students in examining root causes of community problems and resources/solutions available to address issues through different cultural lenses. Using Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) models, faculty from Canada and Peru will connect their classrooms via webinars to work through cases and learn from one another.
Colourful Humber, Diverse Experience
How time flies! Just 3 months ago, I set foot on this land and I was afraid of everything unfamiliar. For me, it’s my first time to start an entirely new life abroad and a valuable opportunity to form comprehensive views of my future career and multiple cultures.
There is no doubt that the classes here are attractive. We can immerse ourselves and acquire knowledge and skills associated within the profession of police services. Additionally, I have gradually adapted to the teamwork assignments, challenging quizzes and even the educational patterns. I would like to express gratitude to all the professors and teaching assistants for their patience and responsibilities. Without their care, there would be many obstacles in the process.
From Nanjing to Toronto, it’s not just the movement of location, it is a fundamental change in my thought process. I find it important to be critical and open-minded. I can express my opinions confidently no matter if it's correct or not. Therefore, I can form a sound personality and feel my own individuality. Apparently, the longer I stay here, the more I can feel the unique charm of Toronto. Everyone can find their own stages. It can't be denied that living here is like embracing the whole world.
The experience here will be an irreplaceable memory in my lifetime. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about being real, independent and enjoying the moment as it is.
We are looking forward to building a much further cooperation between the Nanjing Forest Police College and Humber College.