Niagara College unveils new International Centre

May 23, 2013


Niagara College, Canada, has unveiled a new dedicated centre for overseas students at its Welland Campus, and announced that the facility will be named the Segal International Centre in honour of the Segal family, owners of international student insurance provider guard.me and long-time supporters of the college.


photo: The unveiling ceremony at the Segal International Centre, Niagara College

The 8,000 square-foot facility is located on the first floor of the Simcoe Building and is designed to accommodate the college's growing international enrolment and activities. The open-concept design features a reception and service area that will include international admissions, housing and financial aid services, along with offices and work space, English language programmes and international development projects.

“The expansion was driven by the significant growth of our international enrolment, and our efforts to expand the international learning opportunities that we offer students, ” said Sean Kennedy, Niagara College's Vice President of Student and External Relations. “The centre's design follows our centralised-service model and reflects our desire to provide excellent service that supports our students' satisfaction and success.”

The name of the centre reflects a CAN$500,000 (US$ 483,000) contribution from Keith and Sharon Segal, along with years of support for Niagara College scholarships and learning resources. The donation will fund further scholarships, international learning opportunities and educational resources.

“Through their significant support, Keith and Sharon Segal have provided a world of opportunity for our students to pursue and realise their dreams, ” said Niagara College President, Dan Patterson. “The Segal International Centre will stand as a symbol of their generosity and commitment to our students' success. ”

Keith Segal, President and Founder of guard.me, said, “Niagara College shares our recognition of the value of international education and a strong commitment to students.” He added, “Our family has been proud to support Niagara College and its students over the years, and it gives us great pleasure to have our name associated with the International Centre.”

International enrolment at Niagara College, which offers diploma, bachelor degree, advanced degree and continuing education programmes at three campuses, has increased from 1,200 in 2010 to 1,768 students from 68 countries currently. The college's strategic plan for 2013-2016 calls for further growth.

“While the growth of Niagara College's international enrolment has an obvious positive economic impact in Welland, I think the cultural benefits are equally important, ” said Welland Mayor Barry Sharpe, who attended the unveiling. “These are students who come to Welland from around the world to study, and through their influence in our homes, restaurants and shops, they connect our city with the many places they call home.”

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