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:
- Fostering global citizenship through international opportunities: The study and practice of art and design demand that students develop the skills to examine and analyze through different perspectives shaped by -- for example -- culture, faith, language, experience and place. OCAD University has expanded the range of opportunities for students to challenge their own thinking by adding to our expansive list of student-exchange partners; bolstering our program in Florence, Italy; developing study-abroad courses, internships; and expanding our innovative model of course-based online international collaborations.
- 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 as one of the most valuable means to amplify the capabilities of its faculty and students. 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.