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Testimonials of Canadians Going Abroad

Discover how international scholarships have changed the lives of recipients from Canada. Find out what they have to say about their experience abroad and where they are now.

Marie-Frédérique Ouellet from Canada – Commonwealth Scholarship Plan - India Awardee (2014-2016)

University of Hyderabad (Economics, Master’s Degree)

Marie-Frédérique Ouellet

Beyond allowing me to get the title of Economist, I have developed an understanding and a sensitivity to causes related to economic and social development. Now I have the honour of working as an analyst in strategic planning in a Canadian company integrated in its community and determined to reduce the impact of agriculture and horticulture on the environment.

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Benjamin Nzojibwami from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2014-2015)

Beijing Normal University (Mandarin language studies)

Benjamin Nzojibwami

My goal of living and studying in China was made possible by the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program. It gave me the opportunity to fully immerse myself into a culture and a language that I loved. While in Beijing, I was able to enroll in a full-time Chinese language program at Beijing Normal University (BNU).

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Qingguo Li from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2015-2016)

Zhejiang University (Visiting professor in Mechatronic Engineering)

Qingguo Li

The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program allowed me to visit Zhejiang University in Hangzhou for ten months. As a visiting Canadian professor, I carried out research in the field of biomechanics and rehabilitation, which is relatively new in China…Thanks to the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program, a long-term international collaboration has been established and will benefit both the Canadian and Chinese universities.

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Guillermo Candiz from Canada – Foreign Government Awards (FGA) - Mexico (2015-2016)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Geography, PhD)

Guillermo Candiz

Thanks to the Foreign Government Awards Program–Mexico, I had the opportunity to complete my fieldwork in Mexico as part of my doctoral studies in geography at Université Laval. During the fieldwork, I was able to interact with colleagues and professors at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

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Dr. Jennifer Stinson from Canada – Flaherty Visiting Professorship (2015)

NUI Galway (Visiting Professor in Pediatrics, Chronic Disease Self-Management, and Digital Health Technologies)

Dr. Jennifer Stinson

The James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship was critical in my developing collaborations with the Pain Research Lab in the Department of Psychology at NUI Galway to culturally adapt an online self-management program, developed in Canada, for youth with arthritis.

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Catherine Tatarniuk from Canada – Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) – New Zealand Awardee (2011-2014)

University of Canterbury (Geotechnical Engineering, PhD Degree)

Catherine Tatarniuk

I was residing in Christchurch, New Zealand during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, and as a graduate student, I had the opportunity to form part of a research team investigating infrastructure after the earthquakes. As a geotechnical engineer, this first-hand experience was priceless, and has helped fortify my knowledge in this area and shape my career.

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Zenon Czenze from Canada – Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) – New Zealand Awardee (2014-2016)

University of Auckland (Biology, PhD)

Zenon Czenze

The depth and quality of my research is directly linked to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). Being a full-time student in New Zealand affords me the opportunity to examine seasonal changes in native species. I study populations of New Zealand lesser short-tailed bats across the country from subtropical and temperate climates to examine differences in diet and energy use.

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Paul Brennan from Canada – Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program Awardee (1973-1975)

Beijing Univeristy (Modern History of China, Master's Degree)

Paul Brennan

Without my participation in the CCSEP I would not be in the position that I have now as VP for International Partnerships for Colleges and Institutes Canada. And in this position I will always hire someone who has an international study or work experience before someone with equal qualifications who does not. International and inter-cultural competencies are becoming essential in our globally linked world, and studying and living in THE emerging power of the current globe is one of the best ways of acquiring those, and of thus launching your career full of ongoing challenges and impact.

Frédérick McDuff-Rousseau from Canada – Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program Awardee (2014)

Tianjin University (History, Master's Degree)

Frédérick McDuff-Rousseau

Being a recipient of the Canada-China Scholar’s Exchange Program scholarship was an extraordinary opportunity for me. Not only was I able to go live and study Chinese in Tianjin for a year, but I was also able to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

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Jean-Marc Turk from Canada – Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program Awardee (2014-2015)

Beijing Language and Culture University (Intensive Mandarin course)

Jean-Marc Turk

The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program allowed me to live a life changing experience, where I not only acquired Mandarin language skills, but also grew both professionally and personally. I had the opportunity to be immersed in Chinese culture and to Beijing’s vibrant, international and cosmopolitan student population. This international experience and newly acquired language skills will definitely be an asset as I look for an internationally oriented career.

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Date Modified:
2016-12-21