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The 2nd Annual CIC Model United Nations Conference

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This past weekend (November 2-4), we hosted the second annual Columbia International College Model United Nations Conference. We were very honoured to have The United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) co-organize this conference for the Columbia International College students and for our partner school Columbia International School from Taiwan. Eight students from our partner school in Taiwan came to participate in this event. This conference was an great opportunity for the Model United Nations Team to experience hands on learning and to further develop their situational skills.

The conference was very successful, the UNAC members had only positive words to say about Columbia International College and our students. This conference could have not been so successful if it wasn’t for the hard work of the many departments of the school. I would like to thank Raymond and his team, Maintenance Department, Housekeeping staff, I.T. Department, Campus Security, Procurement, and Chartwells for making it a successful conference.

During the conference the participants were divided into two small committees. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) discussed the The Rohingya Crisis and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs discussed the legal regime of outer space and global space governance.

All the participants displayed great passion while trying to resolve these two important global issues. Among the students there were a number of students from each committee that stood out and were awarded for their contribution to resolution of the topics.

United Nations Security Council
Best Delegate – Yi-Shu Tseng (Vicky)
Most Outstanding Delegate – Mariano Garcia Duenas Carrion
Honorable Mention – Anton Kudriashov

United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs
Best Delegate – Dameli Mambetalinova (Emily)
Most Outstanding Delegate – Chi-Chun Lin (from Columbia International School from Tiawan student)
Honourable Mention – Nazarii Shershun
Honourable Mention – Ilya Zaets

Additionally to these awards the all the participants had to write a short position paper about their country’s views on the topics. The top papers got awarded.

Best Position Paper – Si Yan Meng (Sophia)
Most Outstanding Position Paper – Nguyen Gia Hien Tu (Hein)
Honourable Mention – Carmen Li

Another highlight of the conference was the Saturday Night Social/Networking Event where we had 21 Model United Nations Alumni come back to the school to share their experience and wisdom with the current team. Alumni came from all over Southern Ontario and one even flew in from Amsterdam for this event.

This conference was a very valuable experience for the Model United Nations Team in their preparation for the Change the World Model U.N. Conference that is being held in March at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Furthermore, this is a excited step on making this conference a global conference. We are hoping the continued growth of this conference will help our students understand the global issues of the world and develop many skills and attributes for them to be successful in life.

This was another exciting step in the developing a strong relationship between Columbia International College and The United Nations Association of Canada.

 

On November 2nd through November 4, we hosted the second annual Columbia International College Model United Nations…

Posted by Columbia International College on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

 

Leadership BBQ hosted in honour of Executive Student Leaders

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Last night (April 24), Student Development hosted an appreciation dinner for all the hard work the executive student leaders put into this past winter semester. The evening started with appetizers and mingling as the students were able to enjoy the food from Sodexo.

Before dinner, the students were presented the nominees for valedictorian and had the responsibility of voting.

An excellent dinner was next, where the staff served the students their selection of drinks.

At the end of the night, student development thanked the students for all their hard work and wished those of them graduating, best of luck as they move on to university.

Check out photos from the Leadership BBQ below!

Best Things To Do In March

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March is coming! It could be warm and breezy today and bone-chilling tomorrow. So, we’d remind all the students to dress for the weather, eat well and keep fit. Aside form your regular routines, the Student Development Office is offering a slew of exciting activities in March – community service, sports, special meals, movies… Each day will be packed full of fun!

Mar 2nd (Fri):

Mapleview Shopping

Mar 3rd(Sat):

30 Hour Famine

Mar 4th(Sun):

  • Toronto Raptors
  • HSBC Chilly1/2 Marathon & Frosty 5K

March 5-6(Mon、Tue):

March Orientation

March 7(Wed):

ICS South America

March 10-12(Sat – Mon):

  • Duke of Edinburgh at Bark Lake
  • Niagara Falls

March 12(Mon):

Ontario Gleaners

March 12-16(Mon – Fri):

March Break

March 15-20(Thu – Sun):

Model UN trip in NYC

March 16-17(Fri、Sat):

Wizard World

March 21(Wed):

ICS Mexico lunch

March 23(Fri):

Movie: Tomb Raider

March 24(Sat):

Leadership Retreat

March 29(Thu):

International Fashion Show

March 30(Fri):

Good Friday Holiday

March 31(Sat):

  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Afro Fest
  • Buttons and Bows

Any questions, please visit the Student Development Office at S244.

Campus Tours Help With Your University Decisions

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It’s late February now and university offers are arriving in a matter of just weeks! Many students will be facing a pleasant challenge: to pick one from multiple offers. In order to help them make the final choice, the University Placement Office (UPO) have arranged an array of university tours in March and April.

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology,Saturday, March3,Sign up by Friday, February 23
  • Western University,Saturday, March 10,Sign up by Friday, March 2
  • University of Waterloo,Saturday, March 10,Sign up by Friday, March 2
  • University of Toronto (St. George Campus),Saturday, March17,Sign up by Friday, March 9
  • University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus),Saturday, March24,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • York University,Saturday, March 24,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus),Sunday, March 25,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • University of Guelph,Sunday, March 25,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • Brock University,Sunday, April 8,Sign up by Friday, March 30

Campus tour is a great way to explore your university and program options. Admission Officers and student ambassadors will be on site to give walking tours and get your questions answered one-on-one.

Ready to sign up?  For each tour, there’s a $10 fee to be paid at the College Store and you’re also required to sign up at the UPO.  There are limited spots for each tour, so register as early as possible. 

2017  University Tours Videos


University of Toronto, St. George Campus


McMaster University


York University

Happy Halloween CIC!

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Halloween Costume Contest

CIC staff and students embraced the Halloween spirit by dressing in costumes for the day!  Students were not afraid to show off their creativity with their costumes, as they bravely competed in the Halloween Contest.  Results will be posted by the student council next week.

Take a look at the pictures below to judge for yourself!  What was your favorite costume CIC?

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Model United Nations Conference

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A note from Steve Saunders (Principal, Columbia International College):

This past weekend (October 28), we hosted the first ever Columbia International College Model United Nations Conference.  We were very honoured to have The United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) organize this conference exclusively for Columbia International College students.  This conference was an great opportunity for the Model United Nations Team to experience hands on learning and to further develop their situational skills.

The conference was very successful, the UNAC members had only positive words to say about Columbia International College and our students.
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Halloween Dance Photos!

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Halloween Dance: October 27

The annual CIC Halloween Dance hosted by Student Development, took place on Friday October 27th in the Ainsliewood Gym.  Students showed up in full costume to dance the night away!  This was a great opportunity for students to get in the Halloween spirit and make new friends in a fun environment.

Halloween Pictures from the Photo Booth are now Available!

CIC students proved to be extremely photogenic, taking full advantage of the free pictures and props provided by Mardi Gras Photo Booth.  Students are encouraged to find themselves in the pictures below!

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Pumpkins have arrived and are ready for pick up!

Pumpkins are now available for the homeroom classrooms interested in participating the pumpkin carving competition!  Pick up your pumpkin today at the main office.  Pumpkins are to be carved and ready for display at the Student Development office by Friday October 27th.   The top 3 homeroom classes will receive a prize for the best carved pumpkin!

Carving Creativity

Every year the Student Development department hosts the annual CIC Pumpkin Carving Contest.  It is completed school wide and is always labelled as a huge success from both staff and students alike.  Staff and students take this great opportunity to creatively come together and showcase their talents and cultures, as well as showing their appreciation for the fall season and Halloween.

Mama Africa Celebration at World Fusion

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Today (October 20), students and staff members alike gathered in World Fusion @ CIC to celebrate and delve into the African culture through African cuisine.

Thanks to the amazing Sodexo team at CIC, the dish options which ranged from country to country featured delicacies like the famous Jollof Rice, Spicy Lamb, African Curry Chicken, Nigerian Naiji Bean Yam, Fried Plantain, and more.

Check out photos of some of the lovely dishes served below!

 

University Tours for Students!

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University tours in October provided by Columbia!

The University Placement Office (UPO), will be offering University Tours to their students for the month of October.  The tours will be taking place at different University campuses every week.

Students will have the great opportunity to tour the following Universities this month:
  • University of Toronto (U of T) St. George Campus on Saturday October 21st (Deadline: October 13)
  • U of T Mississauga Campus on Sunday October 22nd (Deadline: October 13)
  • McMaster University on Saturday October 28th (Deadline: October 20)
What Programs do each University offer?
  • U of T St. George Campus: Faculty of Arts and Science
  • U of T Mississauga Campus: Faculty of Health Sciences
  • McMaster University: DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Science, and the school of Graduate Studies.
Benefits of receiving a tour:

University tours are beneficial for all students because it is a great way to see what programs the students are interested in.  With these tours, students also envision their future as a post-secondary student in their preferred University.  While on tour. students are always encouraged to ask questions regarding any specific programs or curriculum requirements.

How to sign up for a tour:

All University Tours requires a 10 dollar fee to be paid to the UPO.  Students must also sign up for these tours before the appropriate deadline.  All tours are a first come first serve basis, so it is encouraged to sign up for tours as early as possible.

All students who find themselves to be interested in the above Universities and faculties are encouraged to attend the tours to seek more information.  Students are always welcome to visit the UPO for additional information or questions regarding future University placement.