Congratulations to recipients of Waterloo International’s 2016 Staff International Experience Fund (SIEF).
2016 SIEF Recipients
Amanda McKenzie is the director, quality assurance (academic programs) and oversees the Quality Assurance Office and the Office of Academic Integrity. She is travelling to India and will visit institutions in Mumbai, Indore, New Delhi, and Chandigarh, funded by the SIEF.
Amanda works closely with international students and is interested in how perceptions and standards of academic integrity vary across the world. She hopes meeting with counterparts at institutions in all four cities will help her understand how students from India learn about citations and intellectual property. This is important because Indian students made up the second largest group of international students at Waterloo from 2011 to 2015.
“I want to understand what students in India are learning about academic integrity so we can better support them when they arrive in Canada,” says Amanda.
She’s also planning to visit the Taj Mahal.
Kelly McManus is senior director, community relations and events. As part of her professional goals and Waterloo’s strategic plan, Kelly wants to expand Waterloo’s community relations from a regional level to an international level.
The SIEF will provide an opportunity for her to travel to Australia to visit institutions, including the University of Technology in Sydney and the University of Melbourne. She will learn about best practices in community engagement at a global level.
Kelly is interested in partnership engagement frameworks, metrics, and community relations programs offered at Australian universities. She hopes to learn about programs that are working well at institutions similar to Waterloo and explore the expansion of community relations through different parts of the organization including alumni and advancement.
“I want to be able to return to Waterloo and extend all the information I can, and also share the best practices I’ve learned,” she says.
Christine Kampen Robinson
Christine Kampen Robinson is a career advisor for graduate students in Co-operative Education & Career Action.
Through the SIEF, Christine hopes to change the conversation regarding career-path options for PhD students at Waterloo by bringing back ideas, initiatives, and best practices from institutions in Germany and the UK. She is also looking forward to sharing Waterloo’s best practices so partner institutions can benefit from the knowledge and experience cultivated at Waterloo.
“I’m most excited to meet people in a similar role to me, but at institutions abroad,” says Christine. “Best practices in international relationship building is a passion of mine and I hope to find strategies and programs that are working well elsewhere and bring those ideas back to Waterloo.”