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May 20, 2015

CBIE welcomes NAFSA’s Professional Competencies for International Education

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) applauds NAFSA: Association of International Educators, our sister association, for developing International Education Professional Competencies for the international education sector.

“The Competencies have been thoughtfully crafted and will serve as a key resource in developing the professions within our sector, which is rapidly expanding in scope and scale,” said Karen McBride, President and CEO of CBIE.

The Competencies are organized into four key professional practice areas – Comprehensive Internationalization, Education Abroad, International Enrollment Management, and International Student and Scholar Services – and are intended to define the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of international education professionals working in the United States.

While developed from the US perspective, the Competencies are clearly applicable in other contexts. CBIE will be looking closely at NAFSA’s framework as we refine our Professional Recognition Portfolio Program. The Portfolio Program, currently in development, is a competency-based registry for international education professionals that will enable individuals to track – and plan – their personal career trajectory. It will also enhance recognition of the international education field within the academic community, as well as with business and government.

For more information on NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies, visit www.nafsa.org/competencies.

For information on CBIE’s Professional Recognition Portfolio Program, contact Veronica Sanchez, Membership Manager, vsanchez@cbie.ca.

CBIE is Canada’s national organization dedicated to making Canada a global leader in international education. CBIE’s pan-Canadian membership comprises 150 colleges, institutes, universities, school boards and language schools which enrol over 1.2 million students from coast to coast.

For information, contact:

Jennifer Humphries
Vice-President, Membership, Public Policy and Communications
t: 613-237-4820 ext./poste 246 

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