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New bursary recognizes exceptional services for International Students
Providence is being recognized for outstanding International Student Services with a new bursary offered through Guard.Me.
A leading provider of insurance for students studying abroad, Guard.Me values the role international education plays in fostering the understanding of diverse cultures and ideas.
“Our mission has always been to act as a resource for the international education industry,” says Jessie Atkins, an Account Manager with the Thornhill, Ontario-based organization. “Providence is known for its close-knit community of students, faculty and staff who encourage students to become difference-makers in the world.”
Guard.Me, too, is making a difference in students’ lives by providing three bursaries of $500, to be offered through 2018.
“[Guard.Me] decided to make this bursary available because of the over-and-above level of service we offer International Students,” says Irma McKenzie, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Providence.
“They’ve been impressed with the level of care we provide,” adds Debi van Duin, the institution’s International Student Services Coordinator. “Few universities and colleges have a person in my position, covering all the care for International Students.”
Van Duin works alongside International Students throughout their entire Providence experience, facilitating services that may be unique to studying in this part of Canada, or to their particular cultures, and helping integrate them into the Otterburne campus community.
Many institutions, she points out, have international departments with enrollment, housing, immigration and academic personnel, although such set-ups can be businesslike and may even seem impersonal when compared with the ongoing, hands-on approach employed at Providence.
Says Atkins: “We are pleased to help International Students at Providence become the best they can be, inside the classroom and beyond.”
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