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Professor Wins Award for International Education

November 23, 2011

Royal Roads University School of Communication and Culture associate professor Zhenyi Li has won the Innovation in International Education Award from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). The award was presented at CBIE’s 45th annual conference this week.  

“I feel both honoured and humbled to receive this award,” said Li, who attended the conference, Great Expectations: Achieving Our Ambitions in International Education. “I am pleased to be listed alongside inspiring colleagues dedicated to innovative international education who have won this prize before.”

The Innovation in International Education Award recognizes extraordinary contributions, of national or international magnitude, to the field of international education.

“Zhenyi Li has made an impressive impact on international education in Canada and beyond,” said Vianne Timmons, chair of CBIE and president and vice-chancellor of the University of Regina. “His instruction in the field of intercultural and international communication helps build understanding among peoples and develop enduring political, cultural and economic links between nations.”
Li was the program head of the Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication, the only program of its kind in Canada and one that Li helped develop over the past five years. Li initiated and led two three-week overseas residencies for students and hopes to expand the international program in the future. This year, he also won Royal Roads University’s Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award.
“Understanding diversity is the reason learners come to my class,” Li said. “After taking my courses, students should be interculturally competent, intellectually skillful, internationally knowledgeable and globally mindful. These objectives are always embedded in the learning outcomes of my courses.”

Li joined Royal Roads in 2005 after teaching at the University of British Columbia and the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. He obtained his BA and MA from East China Normal University in Shanghai and his PhD from the University of Jyvaskyla.

Li’s research projects focus on intercultural communication and health-related knowledge, attitude and beliefs. In addition to teaching at Royal Roads University, Li consults on intercultural understanding, cross-cultural adaptation and multiculturalism for clients such as the B.C. government and VANOC.

Royal Roads University was established by B.C. in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.


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