To support a reformed technical and vocational education training (TVET) system in Bhutan to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills that meet labour market needs and contribute to the country’s socio-economic development.
The Bhutan Education and Skills Training (BEST) project is a five-year $5 million project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) focused on supporting the comprehensive reform of the technical and vocational education training (TVET) system in Bhutan through interventions at the national, institutional and community levels. Humber College leads the project in partnership with Bhutan's Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MOESD), and RENEW (Respect, Education, Nurture and Empower Women), a non-profit organization in Bhutan.
The BEST project will increase the enrolment of Bhutanese youth in TVET programs, strengthen the competencies of work-ready TVET institution graduates and amplify economic and entrepreneurship opportunities for TVET graduates in Bhutan. The project will embed crosscutting themes of gender equality, environmental sustainability, accessibility (for people with disabilities) and Gross National Happiness to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge that meet labour-market needs and contribute to the country's socio-economic advancement.
To improve the curriculum and teaching methods in entrepreneurship of seven Indonesian universities for students to develop creative business skills in the classroom, while also providing on-campus hubs for students to explore entrepreneurship on their own.
Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) was a four-year (2012-2018) initiative which improved the capacity of seven Sulawesi universities (teaching staff and administrators) to design and deliver applied entrepreneurship curriculum at the degree and postgraduate certificate levels. SEDS equipped female and male graduates with the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start their own small businesses. It also helped to improve the capacity of these seven universities to design and deliver business support services (business training, counselling, and consulting and incubation service) that promote gender equality and environmental sustainability to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Through a train-the-trainer (TTT) approach, the project developed each university’s capacity to develop, improve and deliver applied entrepreneurship curriculum.
To improve female labour force participation and nurture entrepreneurship and innovation across the country, while promoting youth employment in priority sectors, including tourism and information communications technology.
The Maldives Enhancing Employability and Resilience of Youth (MEERY) Project was a one-year project (2020-2021) funded by the World Bank focused on increasing employment and earning opportunities among the youth of the Maldives. Seneca College led the project in partnership with Humber College through the Humber-Seneca Polytechnic Partnership (HSPP) and Global Innovation & Skills Development Canada (GISDC). The MEERY project was co-implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the Ministry of Economic Development (MoED) along with administrative councils, city council and women’s committees and other national stakeholders in the Maldives. The Canadian consortium included Chris Dudley (Director of Entrepreneurship, Seneca College, HELIX), Zaiba Mian (Interior Design Expert, Humber College, Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology), GISDC experts in System Development (Software and Applications) and project management, and two Bachelor of Interior Design students from Humber College. The partners came together to design and develop an entrepreneurship incubation hub in the Maldives to improve the relevance of technical and vocational skills — including female labour-force participation — and nurture entrepreneurship and innovation across the country to further youth employment in priority sectors. The hub provided training, guidance, and business expertise, support new venture development and improve talent retention.
International Development Institute
The International Development Institute (IDI) at Humber College is a Centre of Excellence focused on creating equitable, transformational change in the global education sector. Drawing on the skills and expertise of staff, faculty and students, IDI manages and implements high-quality capacity-building and development projects in technology, education, health, business, social services, and emerging sectors.