01 Jul Meet the University of Calgary in Collaboration with MoveON [Interview]
The University of Calgary is a 53-year-old public research university in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, right at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. They’re pioneers at heart, innovators by necessity and desire, community-builders because it’s in their DNA. Therefore, their creation and transfer of knowledge contributes every day to the country’s global competitive advantage and makes the world a better place.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Scott Vu is a Partnerships Officer at University of Calgary International (UCI). Scott facilitates international partnerships with the Asia-Pacific region and is also the MoveON administrator within UCI. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day use of MoveON and molding it to meet the specific needs of UCI and its users.
“I would recommend considering MoveON to help manage your mobility and international relations activities. MoveON has satisfied our basic needs and now we are entering a new phase of usage with the MoveON team that will push its boundaries further – leading to new features people will find useful!”
Tell us more about you and your role at the University of Calgary. How would you describe the international office at your university?
My name is Scott Vu and I am a Partnerships Officer at the International Relations Unit of the University of Calgary’s International Office. The International Office is mandated with carrying out all aspects of internationalization within the university, from building international partnerships, create articulation and training programs, engage in international development programs, and of course, study abroad. We are a “blended centralized” international office – a unique model among other international offices.
Can you provide some key figures about the University of Calgary, such as average number of enrolled students, international students and partnerships?
Our current enrolment is 27,093 undergraduate and 6,399 graduate students. Of that, we have 2,487 international undergraduates and 1,706 international graduate students. We are one of Canada’s top research universities with 6 campuses and over 250 international partnerships in over 55 countries around the world.
What is the International Office’s plan and objectives for the next 3 years at your institution?
Currently, we’ve elapsed out a 5-year International Strategy and we are in the middle of a comprehensive strategy review in order to determine our direction going forward.
What made you decide to adopt MoveON for your international partnerships and agreements management?
Prior to MoveON, the International Office was beginning to centralize, and data management was a nightmare. Everything was kept on Excel, Word, and paper. As UCI embarked on the International Strategy, the need for a central tool was apparent and what better tool than from one of the leading organizations dedicated to catering to the higher education industry?
What is it about MoveON that you specially value?
The fact that it is cloud based and accessible anywhere in the world is very valuable. Once you know how to use it, it is very straightforward and does the job it is supposed to do. MoveON support and maintenance has also been stellar with minimal downtime and interference, in addition to attentive support.
How did you prepare for MoveON’s implementation?
Although our implementation was a long time ago, back in 2013, I remember we flew in a MoveON representative to guide our office in the implementation process. We dedicated a full-time staff member to become the “MoveON Specialist” and held training for the rest of the office.
Describe the impact MoveON has had on your department and institution?
MoveON has helped us consolidate all aspects of the function of UCI. We now use it as the main deposit of international agreements (which our faculty now have their own access to), a publisher for our external stakeholders to understand our partnerships, and multiple online forms that streamline our international relations management processes – saving us a ton of time. We even use it as a live workplan for each regional team to keep track of their tasks.
Would you recommend MoveON?
There are few other products on the market that cater directly to international offices. MoveON is an established player with solid infrastructure that can support institutions of any size. Depending on your needs, I would recommend considering MoveON to help manage your mobility and international relations activities. It is important for offices to understand their limitations, MoveON’s limitations, and how to operate within the capabilities of the product in order to avoid disappointment. MoveON has satisfied our basic needs and now we are entering a new phase of usage with the MoveON team that will push its boundaries further – leading to new features people will find useful!