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International Relations

Nurturing diverse and inclusive perspectives, collaboration, and an international network of students, alumni, faculty and staff

International Relations

OCAD University recognizes the benefits of a strong international reputation and of global partnerships and networks that enrich our students’ learning journeys and extend the impact of our students’ and faculty members’ research and practice.

Internationalization goals are woven throughout OCAD University’s strategic plan Advancing Excellence at OCAD University in the Age of Imagination: 2012–2017. The university’s goals and -- accomplishments -- include the following:

  • Increasing international student recruitment: International students add diversity to the student body and enrich the learning environment for all students. OCAD University has exceeded the goals set out in the strategic plan with an international student population that is 9% of our total enrolment at the undergraduate level and 23% at the graduate level.
  • Extending research collaborations: OCAD University identifies research partnerships as one of the most valuable means to amplify the capabilities of its faculty and students and to ensure the impact of their research. For example, OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) promotes design that includes the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference. With public and private funding from Europe and the United States in addition to Canada, the IDRC draws together an international community of open-source developers, designers, researchers, advocates and volunteers to ensure that emerging information technology and practices address the widest possible inclusivity.
  • Working in partnership with Toronto’s diverse cultural communities: As a creative city-builder, OCAD University plays a leadership role in many events and capacity-building initiatives critical to the vitality of Toronto’s cultural communities. Through hosting international and local artists and designers, OCAD University engages the public and amplifies the voice of the city’s remarkably diverse cultural communities.

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For more information, please contact:

Paola Aron Badin

Manager, International Relations

416-977-6000, Ext. 2267

Susan Kemp

Coordinator, International Student Services & Student Mobility/Exchange

416-977-6000, Ext. 293

Deanne Fisher

Vice-Provost, Students & International

416-977-6000, Ext. 2850