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Trent International Program Director Chairs International Conference
June 6, 2007

Trent University Receives World-Wide Attention at 2007 NAFSA Conference in Minneapolis

TIP Director Dr. Mike Allcott with Colin PowellFor the last two years, Michael Allcott, the director of the Trent International Program (TIP), has been leading a team of more than 20 people in planning the curriculum and program for the largest gathering of international educators in the world. The 59th annual NAFSA Conference & International Education Expo, "Preparing Global Citizens", was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 27 to June 1, 2007, and was a resounding success.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the largest professional organization for international educators in the world, and includes members at all levels of university leadership from more than 100 countries. As chair of the 2007 annual conference committee, Dr. Allcott led his team to NAFSA ’s most successful conference to date, attracting more than 7,500 registrants - 2,400 of whom came from countries outside the United States.

More than 6,400 delegates attended the first plenary session which feature retired General Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, as the keynote speaker. In his welcoming remarks at that session, Dr. Allcott offered a distinctly Canadian perspective. He charged the assembly with the challenge of Preparing Global Citizens: "We understand the differences in power that make global citizenship a luxury for a few, a curse to some, and an unrealized ethical responsibility for others. And who better than this group to imagine the Global Citizenship that will lead us to a more peaceful future?" Dr. Allcott also spoke at an Ontario reception hosted by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

In addition to Dr. Allcott, Trent University was represented at the conference by Trevor Corkum, manager of international recruitment and admissions; Cath D'Amico, manager of Trent ESL; and Cindy Awe, manager of international programs and services.