Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the TRSM + RMIT Study Tour in Toronto

Every year since 2007, the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) has hosted Australian students from RMIT University for a two week study tour. This summer, TRSM and RMIT celebrated the 10th anniversary of the tour, which also coincided with Canada 150!

The tour consisted of lectures, cultural visits, industry site tours, and presentations. Sandra Findlay, an RMIT master’s student in Business Administration reflected on her trip to Toronto:

“This was a once in a lifetime experience. The Ryerson study tour provided me with a unique opportunity to appreciate and evaluate relationships between global and Canadian businesses. The short term course allowed me to research a range of business topics to enhance my degree. Visiting businesses such as the Spirit of York Distillery and the Steam Whistle Brewery, as well as city green spaces including  the Evergreen Brick Works were experiences I never would have organized on my own.

What I liked most about the staff at TRSM was their passion for a diversity of topics relevant to learning. They motivated me to want to work to make a difference for people across many different cultures.”

Evergreen Brickworks

“Visiting and studying in Toronto to experience different teaching styles and ways of learning provided me with an international perspective on my studies and professional knowledge. It allowed me to gain insight into the practical challenges of working in global companies, to increase my professional networks, and to gain confidence in having the conversations that matter in business.”

Spirit of York Distillery, a place of innovation and education

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Jessica Michael, an RMIT master’s student in Information Management also reflected on the study tour:

“The opportunity to live on the Ryerson campus provided me with perspective into life as a North American college student that many of us had only dreamt of! The insight of the TRSM staff gave a truly global view to topics. The pairing of lectures with relevant field trips allowed us to see many of the practical implementations of the theories explored in class.

The friendly and welcoming nature of everyone we met allowed us to celebrate events such as Pride and Canada 150 as locals. The facilities of Ryerson University, and the unique positioning of the campus in downtown Toronto, meant we could experience the city in a way most Australian visitors never have the opportunity to.”

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Visit #australia  for more on global learning opportunities linked to our partner universities in Australia! 

#DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 2 of 3)

By Hannah White, Undergraduate student at the RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design

My name is Hannah White and I’m a 21 year old Ryerson student.  This past April I completed my third year in the RTA School of Media, majoring in Media Production and minoring in Business.

This past October, all RTA students received an e-mail about “RTA in Kenya” explaining that RTA would be offering an International Development course that winter, and as part of the course, the students would travel to Kenya and work alongside AMREF, a medical relief not-for profit organization.  Students would create content for AMREF Canada while overseas.  

Going to Kenya had been a dream of mine since the 5th grade, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to mix my interests and my education!

As a class, we decided we were going to do two separate projects for AMREF, one for each week of our trip. The first project we worked on was an Alternative Rites of Passage Documentary, shot two hours outside of Nairobi, in Magadi. We spent the second week at The Dagoretti Drop in Centre, right in Nairobi. This drop in center offered multiple activities for the children in the neighbourhood, ranging from arts to sports. It was here that each Ryerson student was responsible for creating their own 30 second video, that focused on a student and a skill that was offered at the center. This assignment included both filming and editing the video – #DiscoverDagoretti

My particular video is about a young boy named Henry. Henry is a natural athlete, who could always be found on the field playing football with all of his friends. Henry credits the development of much of his football skills to playing with the older boys at the center.

To hear more of Henry’s story, check out the video below!

Be sure to watch the other stories from Dagoretti as well, as each kid has their own unique one to share!

See #DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 1 of 3)

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To learn more about Ryerson’s partnership with Amref Health Africa, see “Kenya welcomes students for immersive education experience” in Ryerson Today

#DiscoverDagoretti: RTA Community Engagement in Kenya (Part 1 of 3)

By Hayley Graham, Undergraduate student at the RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design

I’ve always loved storytelling, whether it be listening to a story or telling one. So, when the opportunity to take the RTA International Development course to work on a storytelling project for Amref Health Africa came about, I couldn’t let it pass me by.

Along with 6 of my fellow classmates and our professor, Lori Beckstead, I travelled to Kenya for 2 weeks in February 2017 to film two projects.

During the first week, we travelled outside of Nairobi to Magadi to film a documentary about Amref’s project, Alternative Rites of Passage on the topic of female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital circumcision.

For the second week, we travelled back to Nairobi to film a social media campaign on Amref’s Dagoretti Child in Need Project.

For the campaign, we filmed 30-second videos highlighting a child at the centre and the subject they are most passionate about. We had little teams of three filming, so the team I was in filmed a handful, but the video that became my baby, for a lack of a better term, was Sophia’s “I am an actor.”

 

 

For every video we wanted to find a child who could not only highlight a particular school subject, but also who represented what the Dagoretti Child in Need Project stood for.

For acting we chose Sophia, and she was great. She was the most hardworking child in the class, and took it very seriously. We spent half a day filming and interviewing her. When we got back to Toronto, it was our responsibility to edit the footage down to a 30-second video, and deliver a product that we were all proud of.

 

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To learn more about Ryerson’s partnership with Amref Health Africa, see “Kenya welcomes students for immersive education experience” in Ryerson Today.

Evolving Life Perspective through World Travels

By Nikita (Mykyta) Drakokhrust, Undergraduate student in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts

Note from the Editor: Nikita Drakokhrust was 1 of 13 Politics and Governance students who traveled to Washington DC from March 4 – March 12, 2017. The trip is a major component of the course CPOG490: Politics and Government in Washington DC.  

Canadian seat at the Organization of American States (OAS)

Whether you have traveled before or not, your expectations are usually very different from what your experiences turn out to be. Having traveled to several countries before, I figured Washington DC would be another trip with tourism and of course school work. But it wasn’t.

Photo with Steve Scully
Senior Executive Producer and Political Editor at C-SPAN,
who has been nicknamed “the most patient man on television” by John Oliver

Washington DC is of course the capital of the most influential country and currently one of the most controversial. But when you ask an average person, especially outside of America, what they know about the history of Washington and the answer will probably be ‘not much’.

For me politics was always a passion, and understanding the various governmental systems across the world and the organizations that aid each government has always fascinated me. Visiting Washington was probably one of the most breathtaking experiences. But not breathtaking like the view from the top of a mountain, or a sunrise in the Arctic, but rather the amazement of the grand-scale of the American government.

The group with Representative Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania (front center) at the U.S Capitol

The moment you step foot outside of the Ronald Reagan airport you begin to get a sense that there really are no limits as to how far mankind can go. This feeling begins with the architecture of Washington DC. The grand marble figures of past presidents and important historical figures, 20 foot ceilings, and the overall neoclassical architectural style of buildings reminding you of the great Roman and Greek empires.

Everywhere you go in Washington DC there is an immense presence of power and importance. Having spent quite some time in Ottawa, and inside of our government buildings, I was able to draw a comparison between the two countries and their scale of government operations.

The Ryerson students had the pleasure of being in Washington with students from Penn State University. Throughout our trip we got to discuss the difference between our governments, and also learn a lot about the functions of the U.S government. Many of us had different experiences and understandings that we took away from trip.

My personal lesson from this trip and from my past few travels, was perspective. Once you witness how diverse and complex the world is, you begin to realize what is really important in your life, and the lives of everyday people. Those small things we used to worry about all the time no longer seem stress-worthy, and I was able to understand how privileged and lucky I am to have had such an amazing opportunity to travel and learn about the world outside of my classroom.

Now, when I go about my everyday business, I look at things a little different, and often if I find myself stressed about something I always reference it to how my actions and worries compare to the grand scale of things in life.

As cliché as it sounds, traveling really changes your life and gives you a new perspective on things. I would encourage every person take the opportunity to travel and experience new things without hesitation.

Visiting the Pentagon

Click here for more information on CPOG490: Politics and Government in Washington DC.