Release Date: November 26, 2008
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University of Regina president appointed Canadian Bureau for International Education chair-designate
University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons has been appointed chair-designate of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Timmons will take up her two-year role as chair starting in November 2009.

CBIE is Canada's national organization for international education and has a membership of more than 200 universities, colleges and school boards. It promotes international understanding through education and advocates on behalf of international learners. Its activities include research and professional development, scholarship and educational exchange programs, international development projects and the export of Canadian educational services. The affairs of CBIE are managed by a professional secretariat located in Ottawa.

With Timmons' appointment, it is the first time CBIE will be chaired in succession by two leaders in education from the same province. Robert McCulloch, president and CEO of Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), is the current chair of the Board of Directors. Timmons is the second woman in the organization's history to serve as chair.

Jim Fox, CBIE president, said that selecting Timmons was easy for the organization's Board of Directors.

"The Board wished to appoint a chair with profound knowledge of international education and a passion for opening minds to the world," he said. "Dr. Timmons has all this and more, having already made immense contributions to internationalization at both campus and national level."

Timmons advances to the chair of CBIE having already served with distinction in many roles within the organization, including chairing national roundtables and the Board Committee on External Relations.

Internationalization in its broadest sense is an essential part of learning in today's global environment, Timmons said.

"It is important for students and faculty at the University of Regina and other Canadian educational institutions to experience an international perspective in their education, whether that is through exchanges, professional development, research partnerships, or development projects. Canada has a great deal of knowledge and expertise in education to share with the world and we also have a lot to learn from the world. The CBIE brings people together to promote and create these opportunities and I look forward to helping meet those goals."

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