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Office of International Affairs
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) represents the University internationally and facilitates and oversees UVic's international activities and programs. It is responsible for strategic planning at the University level in relation to all dimensions of internationalization: the curriculum; student services; student, faculty and staff mobility; research, development projects and artistic creation; enhancing the international presence and capacity on campus. UVic seeks to be a Canadian leader in international education through fostering a culturally diverse and student-centered community on campus and providing a wide range of international and cross-cultural experiential learning opportunities.
The OIA works closely with the President, Vice-Presidents, Deans, Chairs, academic and research units, the Offices of Research Services, External Relations, the Office of the Registrar, Graduate Studies, Student Affairs, International and Exchange Student Services, and related University departments, to ensure a coordinated and proactive approach to international initiatives, both on and off campus.
The Office also liaises with external agenciesprovincially, nationally and internationallyin order to link the University effectively with international developments and, where appropriate, directly initiate or participate in international initiatives.
The OIA also supports faculties, departments and schools in building effective partnerships with institutions abroad. Office staff help with the negotiation process and draft formal agreements with post-secondary institutions outside Canada. The Office is also responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of existing agreements. Agreements can focus on student, staff and faculty exchanges, cooperation in developing curricula and distributed learning approaches, and research and development collaborations.
The Director also serves as the International Liaison Officer for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and for federal government departments. The Director facilitates funding proposals by faculty members to selected agencies supporting international research and development projects.
In addition to welcoming visitors from around the world, the OIA sponsors lectures, symposia and conferences pertaining to international issues. The Office website <oia.uvic.ca> is the prime communication vehicle for information about UVic's international activities. It provides information on international grant opportunities for students and faculty, information on international conferences in Canada and in other parts of the world and other pertinent information on international programs and activities.
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