Ryerson’s Office of International Affairs promotes and supports a broad range of international initiatives involving ever growing numbers of students and faculty. These include, among others, student exchange and internship programs, faculty mobility programs, and international research and/or development projects carried out in partnership with many diverse organizations nationally and interationally.

Internationalization is an integral part of Ryerson’s mission. We know that international experiences can provide enhanced opportunites for student learning and personal growth. Participation in international projects may provide for faculty avenues for SRC and for service. For both faculty and students, the broadened perspectives gained through participation in international projects will often make their way into the classroom, thereby having an impact far beyond those who participated directly. Internationalization is of critical importance in terms of equipping our students and faculty to meet the challenges of globalization.

OIA staff act as facilitators, consultants and advisors to individuals and departments in the design and implementation of international initiatives and activities. Services include information about potential funding opportunities, assistance in xxx preparing proposals, proposal review prior to submission, review and and approval of agreements and contracts, financial administration, project co-ordination, and risk management of student participation. All projects must have an academic home, must have the capacity to benefit students, and must have the full support of the department and the dean of the Faculty.

Over the past years there has been an increase in the number of and scope of international initiatives. We applaud these developments and take pride and pleasure in our role in supporting them. We look forward to promoting existing and new collaborative relationships which contribute to the internationalization of Ryerson

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Atlantic Arc Atlantic Arc Region, designated under the INTERREG Programme BSR Baltic Sea Region, designated under the INTERREG framework CADSES The operational programme for Central, Adriatic, Danubian and South European Space, designated under the INTERREG framework CAP Common Agricultural Policy (European Union)
CLRAE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, a consultative body which helps new member states with practical aspects of their progress towards establishing effective local and regional self -government COE Council of Europe CPRE Council for the Protection of Rural England, an organisation which aims to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country.
CSD Committee for Spatial Development DTLR Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, a department of UK Government and operates in England and Wales. Formerly known as the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)

EEA European Environment Agency, based in Copenhagen
E-ESDI A new European Commission/EUROSTAT initiative on Environmental European Spatial Data Infrastructure
ESDP European Spatial Development Plan, produced by the Committee for Spatial Development and member states in the EU in 1999
ESPON EU research programme, financed by the ESPON 2006 programme under INTERREG III Art. 53 EUCC European Union for Coastal Conservation

EUROCITIES EUROCITIES is an association of metropolitan cities, based in
EUROSTAT Statistical Office of the European Communities
ICZM Integrated Coastal Zone Management (see memo on Coastal Zone Management which will be produced by the end of 2001)
INTERREG The Community initiative launched in 1990 in recognition of the particular problems faced by border regions in an integrating Europe. Subsequently, there has been a substantial increase in funding of the Interreg programme, and a broadening of its scope from land borders in Interreg 1, to maritime borders in Interreg 11 and transnational regions in Interreg 11C. LEADER Community initiative for rural development (Liason Entre Actions Development Economics Rural) MEDA MEDA programme is the principal financial instrument of the EU for the implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The programme offers technical and financial support measures to accompany the reform of economic and social structures in the Mediterranean partners. NSR North Sea Region, designated under the INTERREG framework
NUTS Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics i.e. statistical classification of territorial units in order to ensure the production and dissemination of comparable regional statistics in the Community
NUTS level 1 Areas with the average size of administrative units that lie within the population threshold of 3 – 7 millions.
NUTS level 2 Areas with the average size of administrative units that lie within the population threshold of 800,000 – 3 millions.

NUTS level 3 Areas with the average size of administrative units that lie within the population threshold of 150,000 – 800,000.
NUTS level 4 Areas in lower tier authorities (districts) or individual unitary authorities
NUTS level 5 Ward area (or communes)
NWMA North West Metropolitan Area, designated under the INTERREG framework OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international organisation based in Paris
PHARE One of the three pre-accession instruments financed by the EC to assist the applicant countries of central Europe in their preparations for joining the EU RCU Regional Co-ordination Unit, a British Central Government initiative RDA Regional Development Agency, lead body at regional level and responsible for developing a strategy for its region. For example, North East RDA, West Midlands RDA

RPG Regional Planning Guidance, guidance which provides the land use planning framework for the regions as set out in the Planning Policy Guidance Note 11 “Regional Planning”. For example, RPG 10: South West Region and RPG 6: Eastern Region
SME/SMI Small and medium-sized enterprises / Small and medium-sized industries SPESP Study Programme on European Spatial Planning, undertaken in 1998 – 2000 TACIS Launched in the EC in 1991, the TACIS programme provides grant-financed technical assistance to countries of Eastern Europe, and mainly aims at enhancing the transition process in these countries TENs Trans-European Networks VASAB 2010 Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010 i.e. an intergovernmental programme of the Baltic Sea Region countries on multilateral spatial planning and development in the region; designated under the INTERREG framework