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Media Release - January 26, 2005


Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology announces the establishment of the International Development Institute as part of its Faculty of International Education Department. The International Development Institute (IDI) is dedicated to developing private and public sector partnership to design and harness multi-disciplinary expertise in technical and applied thinking of projects in developing countries throughout the world.

With an emphasis on the enrichment of human capital through knowledge and skills transfer, economic development and business incubation, the IDI will utilize research projects, technical exchanges and conferences to facilitate project implementation. Current projects are planned in biotechnology, small business development and commercialization of applied research are being developed with partners in Eastern Europe, Malaysia and South America.

“Mohawk is extremely pleased to empower and enable this important partnership, and to initiate projects with developing countries to enhance their economic development and competitiveness in the global economy,” stated Mohawk President MaryLynn West-Moynes.

Principals in the IDI include Dr. Laurence Hewick and Dr. Jom Aw of the Worldwide Strategy Group, and international firm specializing in developing projects for government, academic institutions and the private sector. The firm advises government, academia and industry on maximizing the value of innovation and commercialization in technology with a specialty in the biotechnology sector. Mohawk’s IDI leaders include Louise Bockner Executive Dean, International Education, Gary Hagan, Director of Innovation and Applied Research, Gene Stodolak, Director of the Centre for Co-operative Education and Graduate Employment. Mohawk College currently welcomes over 400 international students each year and has signed over 25 agreements with academic institutions in China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, India, Denmark, Mexico and the United States.

The International Development Institute’s initial projects include collaborations with the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, the National Association of Young Managers (ANTiM) and the State University of Moldova, in Easter Europe. In South America, the IDI is linked with Grupo Nueva Economia, a private newspaper chain, and Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar (UASB) of Bolivia.

The International Development Institute (IDI) will work with Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Association of Community Colleges of Canada (ACCC) and many NGOs (non government organizations) further provide consulting services to developing countries, bridging gaps between theoretical knowledge and practical applications, and enriching each country’s skilled labour force.