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International student campus to open in 2021

Aishwarya Dudha, Senior Reporter

Humber College will open a new campus in downtown Toronto for international graduate students in January 2021.

The Humber International Graduate School, or Humber IGS, is currently under construction and is located at 59 Hayden St., near Bloor Street West and Church Street.

This new campus will offer graduate certificates in business-focused programs such as global business management, marketing management, project management and supply-chain management.

“The programs have a specialized focus on work-integrated learning,” said Diane Simpson, senior international consultant at Humber.

“Being located downtown also allows students to work closely with industries.”

Simpson said Humber’s international student enrolment has increased significantly in recent years.

Graduate certificates offered at Humber IGS are alternatives to master’s degrees, which Simpson believes are a good option for undergraduate students who are looking to transition into the workforce with co-op placements or internships.

“There will be a strong focus on work-integrated learning and career support for the students. The vision is to create a global tool that connects students through collaborative online international learning,” Simpson said.

“We want to give students the opportunity to work on projects and solve problems that are faced in multiple countries, and multiple regions around the world.”

Students may begin applying for programs at Humber IGS in April 2020, a media statement said.

During this time, additional Humber IGS programs may also be introduced for the May 2021 semester.

The new campus will occupy three floors of an eight-floor building.

Although there will be no on-site gym or cafeteria, kitchenettes, vending machines and microwaves will be available for students.

“The close environment will offer a challenging experience to students — one they might not be able to have at larger campuses like the North and the Lakeshore campuses,” Simpson said.

“The students, faculty and staff should be able to feel like this is their space to learn, study, collaborate and hang out.”

Around 350 students are expected to be enrolled at Humber IGS for January 2021 and enrolment is expected to grow to 2,000 students, a statement said.

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