Seneca College has been Jennifer Singh’s second home for nearly four decades.
The former international student and alumnus’ comfort level on campus was enhanced recently when she was appointed the inaugural Dean of the newly created Faculty of International Studies.
This is yet another milestone achievement for Singh who was the first international student from Guyana to enrol at Seneca shortly after migrating in 1969.
“I have come full circle at Seneca that continues to be a leader in providing high quality education to many international students who want to study in Canada,” said the 1971 Library & Information Technician program graduate. “I sing Seneca’s praises wherever I go to the extent that both my sons and a brother came here.”
There are currently 3,500 international students from 106 countries speaking 70 languages who are attending Seneca.
“One of the main components of my new role is to leverage the expertise of those international students and also make sure that our domestic students become global citizens by sharing in the richness of the various foreign cultures and experiences,” said Singh, a longstanding member of the Bishop’s High School Toronto alumni chapter. “Increasing the representation of Caribbean students here is also high among my priorities.”
After graduating, Singh spent three years with the Toronto Public Library before returning to Seneca as a support staff, co-ordinator and professor in the Faculty of Business, Chair of the School of International Business & Centre for Human Resources and Dean of the Faculty of Business (Arts & Commerce).
During her tenure as Chair, she worked assiduously to ensure that programs within her portfolio were accredited by professional associations so that graduating students had an opportunity to pursue professional designations. She also developed the Certificate of Recognition program that acknowledges faculty and staff who reported to her for their contributions and outstanding work.
The lifelong learning advocate completed her MBA two years ago.
“I encourage young people all the time to find their passion and pursue post-secondary education,” said Singh who received a Seneca College Distinguished Alumni award in 2006. “There are so many opportunities that far too many of them are ignoring.”
Established in 1967, Seneca has 11 campuses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offering up to 500 career options.