York University celebrates graduation of Internationally Educated Professionals from bridging program


TORONTO, March 7, 2018 – York University is hosting a celebratory reception this evening in honour of the recent graduates of the Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) Bridging Program, preceded by a certificate presentation ceremony at 7pm, at the Keele Campus.

Friends and family of the more than 70 recipients will witness them receive their certificates and join them later in a reception at the CIBC Lobby, at 8:30pm.  Alumni will also attend the event and be recognized for their career success.

"Students in the IEP Bridging Program come from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of experience. The courses we took at York University really sharpened our skills," said Jasvinder Singh, who has educational background in engineering and work experience in the field of computer science from India and Singapore. He is one of two graduates from this year who will share stories of struggling for career breakthrough in Canada initially, followed by eventual success through participation in the bridging program.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the bridging programs in HR, Information Technology and Business offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, provide IEPs from 73 countries an understanding of Canadian work culture and education in the context of their respective professions. Representatives of the ministry and partner organizations including Career Edge, Magnet, HRPA, Civic York and New Canadians will be at the event to support the new graduates.

WHAT: Internationally Educated Professionals Bridging Program graduates certificate presentation followed by celebratory reception


WHERE: York University,  4700 Keele Street, Toronto (map)

NOTE: IEP Bridging Program graduates are available for media interviews upon request.

York University champions 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-disciplinary 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 25 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 300,000 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, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca