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Leave for Change applications open

Applications for Leave for Change 2015 are open now. Offered through Western’s Staff International Engagement Committee, Leave for Change is a corporate volunteerism program that brings the world to Western’s workplace. The staff member gains experience, exposure to...

Building hospitality expertise half a world away

Building hospitality expertise half a world away

Frank Miller spent last November more than 13,000 kilometres from the comfort of his London home. And while he’s since returned, his skills remain in high demand in Vietnam. “I told them I would continue helping them because I want to,” said Miller, director of...

Western students to benefit from Jubilee bids

OTTAWA – A pair of Western projects are among 46 from 34 Canadian universities to share $40 million in funding through the new Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, announced earlier this week. In total, these projects will offer...

Visiting professor hopes to continue connections

Visiting professor hopes to continue connections

Stefan Creuzberger is not only a believer in the power of international academic connections – he is a proud example of it. Creuzberger, a Contemporary History professor at the University of Rostock (Germany), visited Western last week as part of a week-long academic...

Ambassador calls for a balanced relationship

Ambassador calls for a balanced relationship

While London’s infamous winter weather tried to hinder international relations, Germany Day celebrations eventually landed Monday. Sponsored by Western International, the event was an opportunity for the university to strengthen the bonds between the university and...

Idea to revolutionize yogurt distribution seeking funding

Idea to revolutionize yogurt distribution seeking funding

Microbiology and Immunology professor Gregor Reid wants to revolutionize the way Western Heads East delivers its life-saving yogurt to the people who need it most. Since 2004, Western Heads East has been a grassroots Western-based program focusing on health and...

McMullin: Promoting global awareness and Western’s International Week

Over the last four years, there has been a lot of talk on Western’s campus about internationalization. As I wrote in a previous edition of Western News, international scholarship and partnerships have always been important to our community. Indeed, one only needs to...

World’s Challenge Challenge deadline nears

Western students are being asked to answer the challenge yet again. Sponsored by Western International, the second annual World’s Challenge Challenge brings together teams of three students to choose a problem that the world is facing, and present and innovative...

Construction projects changing face, flow of campus

Construction projects changing face, flow of campus

A new year brings new looks, as Western ushers in a fresh academic term with numerous changes – both completed and ongoing – across its campus. Topping the list, Western officials are encouraging commuters to turn off their ‘autopilots’ as a major change to how...

‘Market’ to support Western Heads East

Next week, the Great Hall at Western will be transformed into an East African market and art sale showcasing local talent as well as Tanzanian and Kenyan crafters.

McMullin named to top international post

Award-winning researcher Julie McMullin has been appointed to a five-year term as Western’s first-ever vice-provost, international, commencing June 1.

Reid awarded Grand Challenge

Western professor Dr. Gregor Reid and his Lawson Health Research Institute team have been named Grand Challenges Explorations winners, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The researchers, one of only three Canadian recipients, are the first London, Ont.-based team ever to receive the award.

2012 Western Humanitarian Award Winners

It was with great pleasure I learned a few weeks ago Henri Boyi received the Western Humanitarian Award. I nominated Henri for the award last semester during my short stint as acting chair of the Department of French Studies, and unlike the many small and not-so-small duties one has to do in that role, I felt this was one that really meant something, especially if it was going to be successful.

Professor’s donation reaches ‘East’ to help

Marianne Larsen admits she gets ‘that feeling’ when she knows something is right. And it was ‘that feeling’ which stirred the emotions in the Faculty of Education professor to make a make a $1.06 million donation to Western Heads East.

Million-dollar gift enriches lives in Africa

Thanks to a $1.06-million gift, The University of Western Ontario will expand its community-driven Western Heads East program that provides disease-fighting probiotic yogurt to people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

University needs to dig deep to be global-ready

As a business student, Melyssa Kerr worried she wouldn’t be able “to do good” when she joined a working world focused on the bottom line. But an experience abroad showed her passion for community service did not have to be relegated to a weekend hobby.

Western Heads East gets boost from CIDA

Western Heads East is one of 37 Canadian university projects to receive seed funding for a new Students for Development program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.