The world is increasingly interconnected. The critical issues we face in the 21st century — economic growth and stability, effective healthcare delivery, etc. — are global challenges. They go beyond international issues and require a truly global approach if they are to be understood and addressed effectively. As one of the world’s most diverse and prosperous nations, Canada has the opportunity to take the lead on many global issues, and providing in-depth analysis, practical training, and policy development should be a key element of that leadership. Doing so will benefit people all over the world, and will promote the development of a productive, innovative and sustainable knowledge economy here at home. As a national capital, Ottawa should be playing a strong role in that leadership by providing the location, resources and expertise to deliver global education and training to the world. Carleton University is serving as the catalyst for this global leadership through the Global Academy.
We envision the Global Academy as enhancing the international reputation of Carleton’s existing programs and initiatives and as a source of innovation and support for new projects and international engagements that emerge from across the university. The Global Academy’s focus is on professional development programs that are strategically important to achieving the objectives of the Strategic Integrated Plan, entitled “Sustainable Communities-Global Prosperity.”
The mission of the Global Academy is to take Carleton to the world and bring the world to Carleton through the provision of value-added services to enable the Carleton academic community to offer programs and activities to a global audience. The Global Academy has three primary goals:
- To deepen Carleton’s engagement with diplomatic missions, governments and the private and not-for-profit sectors around the globe in order to identify and develop professional development opportunities that meet strategic global needs;
- To provide a platform for Carleton to develop professional training programs, courses, seminars, workshops, networks and other activities to enable learning opportunities and critical conversations on issues of global importance and interest to international audiences; and
- To provide a platform to deliver existing Carleton courses to a global marketplace.
The main activities of the Global Academy fall into three categories: global initiatives, professional development and professional networks.
In collaboration with the university community, the Global Academy leads special global initiatives that are significant to the University’s strategic objectives.
The Global Academy is a catalyst for taking existing professional development initiatives in matters of global importance to a higher level of recognition and outreach as well as providing the stimulus and incentives for new, creative initiatives to deliver global education to a worldwide audience. Using Carleton’s expertise in online learning, through Carleton University Online (CUOL), the Global Academy’s offerings can be delivered either wholly online or in blended learning formats with residential components delivered in Ottawa or locations around the world.
The Global Academy offers non-credit modules, courses and programs, although some may be designed so that they could be used towards credit programs at Carleton. The Global Academy awards non-credit certificates in partnership with the Faculties, Schools, Institutes, and Departments that develop the specific activity.
The Global Academy brings together leaders from around the world to engage in professional networks that provide peer-to-peer learning and direct access to the people and places where global challenges meet innovative solutions. These networks leverage Carleton’s expertise in selected fields while also tapping into key strategic opportunities for international, multidisciplinary actions that may require partnerships between business, government, educational and research institutions, and community organizations.
Some networks operate as short-term, narrowly focused efforts, while others have longer-term ambitions involving a broad range of activities. They build on research expertise at Carleton and beyond, and often involve meetings prepared in locations around the world offering best practices or championing innovation.