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President’s breakfast celebrates diversity

President’s breakfast celebrates diversity

A snowy morning, unfamiliar to some in the room, didn’t stop more than 250 international students from gathering for the sixth annual President’s Breakfast for International & Exchange Students. The event capped off International Week, a week-long celebration of...

Student-founded cello-fest rocks Ecuador

Student-founded cello-fest rocks Ecuador

Western cello student Ivan Fabara has transported his instrument across four centuries and 10,000 kilometres – far from its festive origins in Italy and now home to a festival he founded in Ecuador.

South Korea deal seals materials research with Western, Fraunhofer

South Korea deal seals materials research with Western, Fraunhofer

Western University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at a special ceremony to launch Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ UNIST. The...

Western assisting Saudi students in transition

Western assisting Saudi students in transition

Western International is helping Saudi students with academic counselling and social supports as they prepare to leave Western University ­– and Canada ­– upon the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Towards ethical global North-South relationships

Towards ethical global North-South relationships

To hell with good intentions. This was the title of a speech delivered in 1968 by Ivan Illich, an Austrian philosopher and social critic of contemporary Western culture, to the Conference of InterAmerican Student Projects. Illich warned of the dangers of paternalism...

Crossing ‘Borders’ for global understanding

Crossing ‘Borders’ for global understanding

Andrew Botterell couldn’t ignore the email. When a note from Academics Without Borders (AWB) popped up in his inbox, requesting curriculum support for Bahir Dar University’s law school in Ethiopia, it might as well have addressed him directly. Botterell, who is the...

Bringing volunteerism to the community

Bringing volunteerism to the community

They serve with willing hands and see the world through new eyes. Since Western’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program began in 2003, its tagline has been Be the change. Participants have taken it to heart, through the experiences they have had, the people they have...

Brazilian professor keys in on music education

Brazilian professor keys in on music education

Even in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, more than 8,600 kilometres from Western’s campus, Iuri Soares senses the public’s perception of music education as an option, a luxury. “Traditionally, music education is a low-status discipline, so I want to understand a...

Best books of 2017, according to Western

Best books of 2017, according to Western

As 2017 winds down, Western News brings you a list of book recommendations from members of our campus community. Included are the year’s favourite reads from students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Team has the World by a string

Team has the World by a string

Teams from across campus turned their attention to the global burden of mental illness in low- and middle-income countries at the local final of the Western World’s Challenge Challenge, held as part of International Week celebrations. The team comprised of Education...

China invite opens faculty eyes to possibilities

China invite opens faculty eyes to possibilities

For the Western world, Homer’s Odysseus is a hero. The legendary mythical king of Ithaca is admired for his cunning intelligence; his slaying of 108 misbehaving suitors who attempt to court Penelope on his long journey home is widely considered a heroic feat. But as...

Undergrad Awards applaud student scholars

Undergrad Awards applaud student scholars

Research papers by two Western students – Amy Lewis and Bridget Murphy – were selected as the best in the world through The Undergraduate Awards, a global academic competition that celebrates the world’s brightest undergraduate students. Overall, Western had the...

Huron moves to help those impacted by DACA

Huron moves to help those impacted by DACA

As the United States wrestles with the fate of thousands of its undocumented residents, one Western affiliated college immediately stepped into the fray and offered a helping hand – and a hefty scholarship – to students seeking a way out. Last week, U.S. President...

ASB trip to explore religion’s role in cities

ASB trip to explore religion’s role in cities

This year, Western Chaplain Michael Wagenman will offer Alternative Spring Break participants a trip to Bristol, U.K., where students will explore the role of Christianity in sustainable cities, urban development and cultural renewal.

Teams up for the ‘Challenge’

Teams up for the ‘Challenge’

The inaugural World’s Challenge Challenge competition – a three-day event during which student teams from around the world gathered to propose solutions to issues of global concern ­– wrapped up at Western last week. Having won similar competitions at their home...

Change expands horizons for staffers

Change expands horizons for staffers

As two Western staff members prepare for their Leave for Change service excursions, two others are still reflecting on their experiences with the Western International-led program from the past year. “With how many international students I have in my department, I...

Teams rise up to the Challenge

Teams rise up to the Challenge

The World’s Challenge Challenge, a staple of Western’s International Week, sees more than 30 student teams in competition, presenting a unique solution to a global challenge, in front of a panel of judges.

International Week connects campus to the world

International Week connects campus to the world

At a university where 11 per cent of first-year students come from abroad, it’s no wonder International Week is among the most diverse and celebratory events happening this term. “This week-long event celebrates diversity and intercultural learning across our campus...