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Sept. 9, 2015

Laurier’s School of International Policy and Governance will host an Internationalization Expo at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) on Thursday, Sept. 24. The expo is open to students, staff, faculty and the public who are interested in learning about international opportunities. This event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to all.

Participants will have the opportunity to speak with various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and consular representatives to discover international work, volunteer and study abroad options available to them.

Students interested in a career in government and public policy will also be able to learn more about Laurier’s new undergraduate International Policy Option. Those choosing this option will complete courses in economics, political science, global studies, international policy and related electives from a variety of Laurier programs. Upon completion of this option, students will have the prerequisites to apply for the Master of International Public Policy degree, offered at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

“The BSIA’s Internationalization Expo will allow students to explore a host of overseas travel, study, work and cultural exchange opportunities with governments, NGOs and volunteer organizations,” said Margaret Walton-Roberts, professor in the BSIA and Laurier’s Geography and Environmental Studies program. “As part of Laurier’s internationalization@home initiative, the international expo will open the door to many exciting global opportunities for students.”

The day will also feature a panel of experts discussing public diplomacy. They will share their own experiences in diplomacy and answer questions from the audience.

The morning panel, Life in the Public Service (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), will feature Roy Norton, the Canadian consul general in Chicago, and other consul generals and senior Canadian bureaucrats. The panel discussion will focus on their careers as public servants and will explore their role in helping countries project their image overseas.

The afternoon panel, Keeping the lines of communication open: diplomacy in a time of crisis (1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.), features Vishnu Prakash, Indian high commissioner; Lucie Edwards, former Canadian high commissioner to India, South Africa and Kenya; and Ferry de Kerckhove, former ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia and the Arab Republic of Egypt. The panel will share their experiences maintaining diplomatic relations during a time of crisis.

The School of International Policy and Governance is housed at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is a partnership between Laurier, the University of Waterloo and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The BSIA is a community of scholars and students using a collaborative and an interdisciplinary approach to address the emerging economic, political, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century.

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