Laurel Corbiere’s new role as manager of the International Centre for Students (ICS) didn’t require a change of scenery.
Prior to assuming her managerial responsibilities in December, Corbiere served as an international programs officer in the centre. “Over the last two years I’ve been involved in all aspects of ICS operations. Being able to carry this work forward in a leadership role is very exciting,” says Corbiere.
As the international programs officer, Corbiere had such diverse responsibilities as coordinating student recruitment missions, facilitating international opportunities for U of L students, overseeing summer programs for international students, and liaising with exchange partners, government and non-profit organizations that promote Canada as a study destination.
“The ICS is really in the business of promoting life-changing opportunities. It’s been very rewarding for me to get to know international students and see first hand how Canadians participating in exchanges and study-abroad programs are changed by their experiences,” says Corbiere.
Recruiting international students for the University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and undergraduate programs is one of Corbiere’s top priorities, and her skill set is well equipped for the task. In addition to 10 years of marketing experience, Corbiere has a bachelor of arts in communications studies and a master of business administration degree from the University of Calgary.
Corbiere’s career transition comes during a growth period for the centre. “The U of L has been a leader among Canadian universities to establish a name for itself in certain international markets, and we’ve been doing an excellent job to date. This is a time to reassess and develop tangible goals that will lead to continued success,” says Corbiere.
She looks forward to working with the ICS staff to enhance the centre’s core objectives of international recruitment and retention, language studies, study-abroad programs, internationalization of learning and international program development.
“The ICS is fortunate to have a really good team of people who listen to students and enjoy working with each other and the rest of the University to support international students and internationalization,” says Corbiere.
For more information on the ICS, please go to www.uleth.ca/global.
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