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Brings together students, faculty and development partners to contribute to effective and sustainable development. We draw from Humber’s 50 years of experience designing and delivering high quality education programming to strengthen the skills and abilities of our development partners and develop globally-minded future leaders.

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To inspire global citizens to engage in effective and sustainable development.

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The International Development Institute brings together students, faculty and development partners to contribute to better development globally, through the effective bridging of theory and practice.

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Working towards long-term sustainable change, with a focus on gender and the environment and facilitating meaningful stakeholder participation and collaboration.


The International Development Institute (IDI) was established 2003 to design and deliver high quality international development education and programming around the world. 

IDI draws from Humber College’s 50 years of experience building the capacity of development partner institutions in a range of sectors. Since its inception in 1967, Humber has engaged in international partnerships and activities to develop infrastructure, to support technical and vocational education overseas, and to create new opportunities for staff development.

These partnerships have included educational and development activities in countries such as Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, China, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, St. Vincent, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Humber’s commitment to IDI is outlined in the institution’s five-year Internalization Strategy. Guided by Humber’s vision to create a global-ready community of students, faculty and staff, IDI works to create opportunities for engagement and cooperation through faculty exchanges, internships programs, international development projects and awareness raising activities.

Humber Quick Facts 

  • A leading postsecondary institution
  • 25,000 full-time students and 56,000 continuing education registrant
  • 150 full-time programs 
  • 7 academic schools: Applied Technology, Creative and Performing Arts, Health Sciences, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Media Studies and Information Technology, and Social and Community Services
  • Award-winning faculty with advanced academic credentials, industry experience who employ the latest technology and teaching methodologies in state-of-the-art labs and classrooms.
  • Offers the polytechnic model of education that combines theoretical learning with applied, hands-on experience.