International policy

In the context of the desired attainment of the goals of 4th pillar of Destination 2020 Strategic Plan and the upcoming preparation of the Destination 2030 Strategic Plan, a Committee was struck and mandated by the President and Vice-Chancellor to create the framework and foundations for an effective and modern internationalization policy so that the University can address the challenges and issues of an ever-changing, interdependent and competitive globalized society. The Committee, chaired by Professor Sanni Yaya, submitted its first draft of its report, which includes its key strategic elements.

On the strategic front, the report proposes that the University implement a transformative vision in order to assume its place among world class institutions. The Committee further suggests a series of guiding principles which must shape our approach to internationalization, an improved structuring of internationalization, and a major shift which, put together, hold the potential to bring about a new era of creativity and innovation on campus.

All members of the University community, including students, professors, researchers and support staff members, were invited to come share their opinions, comments and suggestions on the key strategic elements proposed by the Committee during two public consultations sessions which were held on campus on December 4th and 5th, 2017.

The consultation of members of the Board of Governors and of the Senate took place from January 15 to January 29, 2018. We thank all those who provided comments during this consultation.

The report on international policy was tabled at the meeting of the Board of Governors of January 29, 2018. 



Committee on International Policy

The Committee on International Policy was established to help meet the University’s internationalization objectives as outlined in Goal 4 of Destination 2020: Developing leaders through internationalization, and will assist in the preparation of the university’s next strategic plan. Comprised of individuals from the various groups of the University community, this committee will put forward recommendations on an internationalization policy for the University of Ottawa.


The Committee will be asked to create the framework and foundations for an effective and modern internationalization policy that will allow the University to address the challenges and issues of an ever-changing, interconnected and competitive global society.

The Committee will look at, for example:

  • How the University can take full advantage of the elements that make it unique, including:
    • Its location in the heart of Canada’s capital
    • Its bilingual nature
  • Principles promoting internationalization of current educational programs
  • Whether to increase our level of cooperation with foreign universities and, if so, the priorities that should underlie the strategy for doing so at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Ways to update our orientation and integration programs for international students to help increase the size of this cohort
  • The role of outgoing mobility and ways to provide more versatile training that offers students greater flexibility
  • The geographic areas we should target (if necessary, based on disciplines or undergraduate/graduate programs)
  • The efforts required to harmonize the internationalization policy and scientific production involving international collaborations and how the University can better support its researchers and students in this area
  • The ways the University itself can and should ensure the coordination and crossdisciplinarity of activities related to internationalization, with particular attention to the interdisciplinary nature of these activities
List of Members


  • Sanni Yaya, Full Professor, Director and Associate Dean, School of International Development and Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty representatives

  • Jacques Bradwejn, Full Professor and Dean, Faculty of Medicine
  • Gilles Breton, Full Professor and Director, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • François Laroque, Interim Dean, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
    (delegates: Yves Le Bouthillier, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, French Program, and Peter Oliver, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, Research)
  • Ghislain Otis, Full Professor and Canada Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Aboriginal Peoples, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
  • Michael Parent, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, Career Development, Telfer School of Management
  • Ousmane Seidou, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Alain St-Amant, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Science
  • Tim Stanley, Full Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Andrew Taylor, Full Professor, Faculty of Arts, Department of English
  • Rachel Thibeault, Full Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Rebecca Tiessen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of International Development and Globalization

External Member

  • Ferry de Kerckhove, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Former Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia and the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Former High Commissioner of Canada in Pakistan

Student representatives

  • Amina Haggar, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Calla Jeanne Barnett, Doctoral Student, Faculty of Social Sciences

Support staff

  • François Carrier, Director of International Research, Office of the Vice-President, Research
  • Régine Legault-Bouchard, Assistant Director, International Office, Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost
  • Alain Malette, Senior Director, Recruitment, Admissions and Market Development, Strategic Enrolment Management
  • Caroline Renaud, Director, International Office, Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost
  • Caroline Tremblay, Senior Manager, Office of the President

Research staff

  • Kate Grantham, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Ottawa
  • Peter Szyszlo, Doctoral Candidate, University of Ottawa
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