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Today Brock University officially opened its new 46,000-square-foot International Centre. The project is part of the Campaign for a Bold New Brock.
“Within the corridors and learning spaces of this building, students and faculty will gain a shared understanding of the world,” says President Jack Lightstone. “We are bringing the world to Brock, and sending Brock out to the world.”
Brock is home to more than 1,400 international students from more than 80 countries around the world. The university aims to increase its international student population to 10 per cent of our student body, up from less than five per cent.
“Canada is a nation that trades with the world, and our students must learn to be leaders in this global arena for the sake of our social and economic future,” Lightstone says. “Thus, internationalization is a central plank of Brock’s mission.”
The building designed by Robbie Young & Wright/IBI Group Architects from Toronto and located on Norman Rd. between 573 Glenridge Ave. and Quarry View Residence will house all the central international services offices at Brock.
This includes Brock International, English as a Second Language (ESL) Services, International Market Development and the Office of International Services, the Confucius Institute, the Department of Classics and the Cypriote Museum.
The consolidation of all international activities under one roof, will support Brock’s Academic Plan and the specific objectives to increase the number of international students, foster within our community a sense of social responsibility, and stimulate faculty, staff and student engagement on an international level.