York U to celebrate bridging program graduates ready to make more of their global experience


TORONTO, March 24, 2017 – Recent graduates of York University’s Bridging Program for International Education Professionals (IEPs) will be celebrated at a ceremony on Monday, March 27, followed by a reception at the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Keele campus .

More than 60 graduates will receive program certificates in business, technology and human resources streams. The certificate program, offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, helps IEPs transition into employment that matches their education, skills and work experience. The graduates are Canadian citizens or permanent residents from around the world, including Africa, China, Europe, Central and South Americas, South Asia and the Middle East.

Funded by the Ontario Government and York University the bridging program gives IEPs a good understanding of Canadian business culture and the local context of their profession.
At the event, two of the graduates, originally from Iran and Ukraine, will talk about their journey to obtaining meaningful employment since attending the bridging program.


- Sixty-three graduates of York’s Internationally Educated Professionals bridging program
- Testimonial presenter (Ukrainian immigrant): Olha Shmanko (Business)
-Testimonial presenter (Iranian immigrant): Farhad Pourimohammad (Information Technology)
- Keynote speaker Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Dean, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

WHAT: Certificate presentation and celebration of career success for the 2016-17 Internationally Education Professionals bridging program graduates

WHEN: Monday, March 27, 7 to 8:30pm

WHERE:  Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, First floor, Accolade East, York University,

   4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Building #92 on the map)

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni.York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media contact:
Gloria Suhasini, Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca