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UFV students do summer work in Africa with UN affiliates

Students from UFV spent the summer in Africa working with UN-affiliated programs on initiatives aimed at educating women, and engaging in community planning with a primary school in rural Tanzania.

One project involved working with the Girls in ICT Portal, a UN affiliate designed to help girls prepare for careers in information and communication technology. Through this program, the UFV students hosted a seminar aimed at teaching young women how to work with technological tools used for urban development.

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International Scholarships!

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) website:  

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • This information is of interest to Canadian and non-Canadian students, faculty and academic institutions.

"There is a multiplicity of awards offered by an array of different Canadian Government departments and units," said Jennifer Humphries, Vice-President of Membership and Scholarships of CBIE and Team Leader for the DFAIT programs. "Now there is a one-stop shop for all major government international scholarships." 

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The Global Development Institute (GDI), formerly the Institute for International Cooperation and Community Development (IICCD), is an interdisciplinary centre established to create collaborative global partnerships that allow for student learning opportunities in Canada and abroad and to develop academic research and teaching interventions on issues of international development.

The GDI strives to be a leader in assisting people living in poverty and reducing social injustice by undertaking and supporting projects that address the urgent needs of communities.

The Institute takes a leadership role in the University of the Fraser Valley international development activities. Working with national and international development agencies and partners, the GDI helps focus the University’s considerable expertise and technical resources on development initiatives that help reduce poverty and promote social justice in developing countries.

The Global Development Institute activities focus on four major aspects of development: good governance and the rule of law, children and development, environmental sustainability, and education.

Indicative of its recent evolution, the IICCD has undergone a name change to better represent the involvement in international development activities and research at the University of the Fraser Valley. A major initiative is a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Global Development Studies which is currently under development.
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Global Development Institute

33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC
Canada V2S 7M8

Garry Fehr
Director, GDI

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