International Experiences Provide Students Valuable Employability Skills
Trent alumnus Paul Davidson reflects on how study abroad experiences prepared him for career success, delivering International Education Week keynote address
“In a world closing its borders and minds, Canadian universities are reaching out.”
Trent alumnus Paul Davidson ’83 has high praise not only for Canadian universities’ response to the global pandemic but specifically how Trent University continues to advance higher education and innovation, and its commitment to giving students international learning experiences. Mr. Davidson, president of Universities Canada, past executive director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and proud Champlainer, was the keynote speaker for this year’s International Education Week.
“I can remember talks such as these from 35 years ago and recognize the value these Trent events add,” says Mr. Davidson.
Mr. Davidson is no stranger to the benefits of an international education, having been one of the first Trent students ever to embark upon a study abroad experience, with time spent in Zimbabwe as an undergraduate student. In his keynote, he credits the experience for helping develop key transferrable skills, including resilience and critical thinking, that have served him well throughout his career. .
International Students Make a Significant Contribution to Canada
Mr. Davidson also reflected on Trent’s WUSC Student Refugee Program (Trent WUSC-SRP) and the impact such SRP programs continue to have, in our communities as well as Canada-wide.
“Today Canada’s universities serve as a magnet for talent, and international students make a huge contribution to Canada’s post-secondary education system and the economy in communities both large and small,” Mr. Davidson reflects.
Trent student and Trent WUSC-SRP committee co-chair, Ahmed Ahmed was inspired by the talk.
“I like the fact that Paul was very dedicated to volunteering with WUSC and he still has friends that he met while working with WUSC,” Mr. Ahmed said. “This shows that WUSC at Trent creates a lifelong networking opportunity for Trent University students and staff members.”
Inspiring Positive Outlook on Post-Secondary Education
Trent’s Study Abroad advisor, Kate Logan found the session engaging and informative, saying “I enjoyed Paul’s comments on his time at Trent and in the Peterborough community, about how it had a strong impact on his life. His positive outlook and comments on education and research national and international during these trying times was supportive and enlightening.”
International Education Week (IEW) is a celebration of international engagement efforts and the vital impact that international experience has on preparing students for the future in a globalized world. From November 16-20, Trent University joined over 100 countries globally in celebrating international education, international students, and internationalization. Learn more about the International Education Week activities at Trent.