Faculty and Staff Mobility and PD

Faculty and staff mobility adds a valuable dimension to BCIT's high quality applied academic programs. The School of Business has partnerships with a number of international universities, thus providing BCIT faculty with opportunities to guest lecture, teach for a semester, or engage in PD activities focused on international education. At the same time, the School of Business internationalizes academic curriculum by inviting international instructors to deliver guest lectures or teach for a semester at BCIT. International faculty diversify our teaching team, bring different teaching methods to our classrooms, and help us to prepare open minded business professionals for a local and global job market.

Activities connected to faculty and staff mobility are organized as part of our international partnership agreements. The placement and duration of School of Business faculty and staff must be determined in agreement with the host university from the list of international partners. Adequate notice must be given prior to the start of the visit, which must coincide with the period in which teaching activities are due to take place. If you are interested in participating in a faculty or staff exchange with one of our international partners contact Svitlana Kominko, International Program Coordinator.

International PD Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

International Faculty and Staff Weeks

Mobility Funding Resources

Faculty & Staff Testimonials

"For those who may not know, I am currently on a three month exchange in Bremen, Germany. I am teaching into the Master’s program for business and economics at Hochschule Bremen, also known as the University of Applied Sciences, Bremen. There are several Hochschules in Germany and Austria, primarily located in the larger cities of Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg. These schools most likely compare to BCIT. They are a nice combination of academic studies combined with a focus on the economy. While BCIT probably has closer linkages between programs and the job market, the faculty research at the Hochschule is very industry focused with a strong influence on public policy. In Bremen, their specialty is in transportation and alternative energy, particularly air transportation. Bremen is also one of the major ports for Germany on the North Sea, so water and land transportation systems also receive a great deal of attention. From a BCIT perspective, my experience demonstrates the importance of developing faculty exchange further, especially with institutes that share common missions and mandates, such as the Hochschules in northern Europe. I have come to embrace the experience and am very glad I am here."

Kevin Wainwright, Program Head,
Faculty Exchange in Bremen, Germany

"My experience in Austria was more than I ever expected. The Upper Austria UAS staff hosts were polite, attentive and always available to answers questions about their campus and the programs. They definitely put in more than an eight hour day to accommodate 30 strangers that participated in the International Staff Week. The workshops that were set up were specific to our needs and interests and the facilitators were well educated in their teachings. It was wonderful to meet and share with other university support staff from many countries in Europe, Asia, as well as fellow Canadians. The hosts made sure that we spent time at each of their campuses, and exposed us to their wonderful authentic food. In between workshops, we were taken on tours of different parts of Upper Austria; the ice caves; Hallstatt (a beautiful UNESCO town on a lake facing a mountain); a tour of the government house where we explored and were treated to a wonderful dinner. I would definitely recommend going to conferences overseas as the exposure to other countries cannot be beat. This program made me understand even more how important international experience is for all of us: students, staff, and faculty. As a result of our participation in the International Staff Week in Austria, we have a new partner in Finland - Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences."

Liz Moran, Administrative Assistant
Business Administration
International Staff Week in Austria - May 2012

"The School of Business has been very supportive of my professional development as faculty involved in international education. I’ve had the opportunity to meet faculty from Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands and now India over the past few years. Those opportunities have directly led to the development of new programs and new opportunities for students and other faculty. The expansion of the abilities of faculty to teach about international business, and not just local business practices, means our students are better prepared for their careers, and opens the world for everyone."

Ron Kessler, Program Head for Business Management Studies