Lakehead University launches Lakehead Global Certificate

January 18, 2021 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University International is excited to announce the launch of the Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) program.

A specialized, non-academic co-curricular program, the Lakehead Global Certificate provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate Lakehead students who, through their work on campus and involvement in the community, are building their cultural intelligence, global awareness and intercultural communication skills.

“Lakehead International strives to develop competent and socially engaged leaders,” said James Aldridge, Vice-Provost, International. “It is our hope that the Lakehead Global Certificate program inspires students to seek out skills and experiences that will help them thrive in culturally diverse environments.”

Unlike a traditional certificate program, the LGC is earned at no cost to the student and is completed during their undergraduate or graduate studies. The program is designed so that students can demonstrate cultural intelligence and intercultural skills to potential employers or on applications to future academic programs.

“Not only will this program enable students to set themselves apart from their peers by giving a global edge to their Lakehead University degree, it provides students with an opportunity for personal development and growth,” said Aldridge.

Students can achieve one of three levels that will indicate their commitment to global learning: Global Inquirer, Global Explorer, Global Citizen. Points are awarded for each level under six pillars: Peer to Peer Engagement, Community Involvement, and Intercultural Education and Awareness, International and Global Experience, Diverse Work Experience, and Language Learning.

Lakehead International will be hosting an information session on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm for individuals, organizations and businesses interested in learning more about how these experiences are helping our students and how to get involved. Register at

More information can be found on our website at


Media: For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Jaclyn Bucik, Media, Communications & Marketing Associate, at 705-330-4010 ext. 2014 or


Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s University Rankings 2021; as well as included in the top half of the Times Higher Education 2020 World University Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit 

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