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Acsenda welcomes Mexico exchange student from La Salle University

Acsenda welcomes Mexico exchange student from La Salle University

Acsenda is excited to welcome our first exchange student Sebastian Vazquez from La Salle University in Mexico. At the beginning of 2022, Sebastian was looking for a place where he could do an exchange program. Sebastian Vazquez’s cousin, who is also living in Vancouver,  told him about his amazing experience in the city when Sebastian started looking for options to study. He chose Acsenda School of Management and applied through La Salle University. Sebastian arrived on January 6, 2023, and began his studies this term. What are his impressions of Vancouver? “It has been really cool, it is very interesting for me to be walking on the streets and hearing a lot of languages. I also like that Acsenda is that way too, with people from everywhere. Now I understand why this place is recognized as an international city. Nature here is really beautiful. The views from the Skytrain are great, the public transportation is really advanced, and it is also very different from my country. In brief, I just can say that is a really good city to live in. I hope to learn as much is possible”, he said. About La Salle University in Mexico La Salle University, also known by its acronym ULSA, is a private Catholic educational institution operated by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. It has 15 campuses across Mexico and offers a range of educational programs including high school, undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. degrees. The university has expanded significantly in recent years and has created its own national system of campuses. The main campus is located in Mexico City. La Salle’s mission is to develop fundraising programs to support scholarship recipients. Also, they seek to generate synergy between society and the university through various events and raise awareness of the importance of education as the only solution to improve their future. In addition, La Salle University Saltillo offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, Engineering, language courses, and different certificates. Some of the areas they cover are: Architecture Industrial Design Physiotherapy Administration and Marketing Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication Commerce and International Business Law with an emphasis on North America Educational Development and Innovation Languages and Public Relations Nutrition and Gastronomy What is an exchange program and what are the opportunities that Acsenda offers to students? An exchange program is when a student gets to travel abroad and is hosted by a partner institution. Acsenda provides the opportunity for their students to study abroad at other universities, as well as for students from other institutions to study at Acsenda. Moreover, exchange programs have great benefits for both students and institutions, some of them include: Broaden the individual’s global perspective Get to meet and study with people from different cultures Meet and interact with professionals from various industries sectors Create connections that can help with future job opportunities or career options Open up their mind and makes students think outside the box Get to learn about Canadian culture, customs, traditions, and more Acsenda has partnerships with other recognized schools as well such as La Salle University in Mexico, Concordia, EDEM, and others which are partnered with UMAP. Additionally, studying at Acsenda allows students to experience high-quality and globally recognized education in supportive academic environments that are fostered by culturally diverse instructors and advisors. Furthermore, Canada is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to live and Vancouver has been ranked among the “world’s most livable cities.” Words from Acsenda’s President Dr. Neil Mort “Exchange programs provide a wonderful opportunity for students from other universities around the world to learn in a new country and to meet other students. Acsenda is very proud to be working with several universities around the world both directly and as a part of the global network of universities in the Asia Pacific Region through the UMAP”, said President Dr. Neil Mort

COVID-19 test required for travellers coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macao

COVID test required for travellers coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macao

As of January 5, 2023, the Canadian government has established a temporary border measure of a negative COVID-19 test required for travellers coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macao. This measure has been taken in order to protect and prevent the health and safety of Canadians as well as the spread of the virus. What does this measure entail? This border measure is established in response to the surge of COVID cases in China and the insufficient data available. This measure applies to travellers that are two years of age or older, arriving on flights coming from China, Hong Kong, or Macao will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than two days before departure. According to the Canadian government, ”the COVID test could either be a negative molecular (such as PCR test), or a negative antigen test that has documentation to show that it has been monitored by a telehealth service or an accredited laboratory or testing provider who provided the test to you.” These temporary measures are in place for 30 days, they will be reevaluated as more information and data becomes available. Travellers will need to provide the airline they are travelling with the negative COVID test, or documentation of a positive test result within 10 to 90 days before boarding, otherwise entry can be denied at the boarding gate. These measures applied to: Travellers who travel to Canada through connecting flights from other countries (for instance, if your flight starts from China and includes a connecting flight in a different country before arriving in Canada) Making a connection flight or transiting through Canada What does the COVID test document need to include? The test result might be presented on paper or in an electronic form, and it must include: traveller name and date of birth name and address of an accredited laboratory or testing provider that performed the test the date on which the test was conducted type of test conducted test result Keep in mind, that you still need to show a test result even though you have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Who does not need a COVID test? Even though the test result is mandatory for almost everyone coming from China, Macao, or Hong Kong there are a few exceptions. Some of them include: Children who are under 2 years Travellers that spent less than 24 hours in China Crew members People who arrive on a humanitarian flight In any case, check with your airline if you need a negative test with enough time before the flight. If you want more information regarding the new measures placed, please go to the Canadian government website. If you want to know how Acsenda is managing the virus, please check out our COVID-19 updates page.

New Students Skate into the New Year at Welcome Week

New Students Skate into the New Year at Welcome Week

Acsenda School of Management recently kicked off the new school term with a “Welcome Week” ice skating event at the Robson Square Ice Rink. The event brought together a diverse group of students from around the world, many of whom were experiencing Canadian culture for the first time. The ice skating event was a great opportunity for the students to bond and get to know one another. For many of the students, it was their first time on the ice and they were thrilled to experience this winter tradition. The school’s staff were on hand to teach the students how to skate and provide support, allowing the students to successfully glide around the rink with smiles on their faces. Some staff at Acsenda also participated in the event, including President Dr. Neil Mort, who helped to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for the new students. Overall, the ice skating event was a great success and an exciting way to kick off the new term. It provided an opportunity for the students to have fun and make new friends while experiencing a unique aspect of Canadian culture. The school is looking forward to organizing more events like this in the future to continue to bring the students together and foster a strong sense of community.

Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants in 2022: Government Sets Ambitious Plans for the Future

Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants in 2022: Government Sets Ambitious Plans for the Future

In 2022, Canada welcomed a record-breaking 437,000 new permanent residents. This is the highest number on record for Canada in one single year and exceeded the Immigration Level Plan target set by the government. This significant increase in the number of immigrants to Canada can be attributed to the initiatives and programs that the government has launched in recent years, such as the express entry system and the ETA entry requirements. How many immigrants have been admitted to Canada in the last few years? Over the last five years, the number of immigrants admitted to Canada has been increasing steadily. From 2016 to 2021, over 1.3 million new immigrants settled permanently in Canada, with the highest number of immigrants recorded in 2021 at 405,999 permanent residents, representing a 120% increase from 2020. However, in 2022, the record of immigrants surpassed the previous record, and Canada welcomed more than 437,000 immigrants. In November 2022, the Canadian government introduced the Immigration Level Plans for 2023-2025. These plans aim to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024, and 500,000 in 2025. The main purpose of these plans is to support the Canadian economic resurgence and post-pandemic growth. The government wants to ensure that the country has the necessary workforce to support economic recovery and address the demographic challenges and labour shortages that the country faces. The Canadian government’s immigration plans also include measures to help vulnerable populations and support global crises. The government plans to grant permanent residency to refugees working in healthcare; as well as provide humanitarian immigration to those facing persecution. Additionally, the government plans to help retain the talents of those that are already in Canada by granting PR status. Improving applications process The government has also been working on improving the processing of immigration applications. The IRCC has been setting the bar higher after the big delays in processing applications due to the pandemic. They have been improving their systems as well as the effectiveness of their work. At the end of November 2022, IRCC had processed around 4.8 million applications, which is twice the 2.5 million processed during the same period in 2021. IRCC has been including new initiatives such as improving the digitalized applications, hiring and training new employees, streamlining processes, and using automation technologies in order to increase efficiency in the processes. In conclusion, Canada has welcomed a record number of immigrants in 2022 and the government has set ambitious plans for the future. The government’s immigration plans aim to welcome 1.4 million immigrants within the next three years. Additionally, they plan to bring immigrants to different parts of the country so they are not concentrated in the main cities. The main purpose of these plans is to support the Canadian economic resurgence and post-pandemic growth. It also includes measures to help vulnerable populations and support global crises. If you want more information about the new immigration plans or any updates, you can visit the Canadian government website. If you need any help or have any questions about the immigration process with Acsenda, please contact us.  

Acsenda attends Canadian Institute of Management networking event

Acsenda students attended a networking event from the Canadian Institute of Management

Acsenda School of Management invited seven students to attend an annual professional networking event from the Canadian Institute of Management (British Columbia/Yukon Chapter). During this event, students had a unique opportunity to meet Mr. John Fernandes, the Director of Cybersecurity Strategy at Microsoft. Mr. Fernandes delivered an insightful presentation about “Charting Your Own Path on Career Journey and Progression” and discussed important career topics on Landing your Dream Role and Strategies for Career Progression. President Dr. Neil Mort and Vice President Academic Dr. Chehra Aboukinane also attended this event and encouraged students to connect with various professional managers and organization leaders. Student Feedback? “This was an excellent platform for international students because it helped us understand this association’s global perspective and the requirements and benefits that come with being a member of it. It was very informative since I discovered that, as Acsenda students, we could be eligible to become part of this prestigious group of business leaders. It was also remarkably encouraging to hear all the recommendations and critical success factors from John Fernandes, Director of Cyber Security Strategy at Microsoft.” Jesica Cortes – Student in BBA International Business Concentration “This was an organized, dynamic, professional, and friendly event. John Fernandes shared his job experiences, strategies, and tactics that he applied to advance his career and gave us great advice. I also really enjoyed the certificate delivery ceremony and the prize draw; I was one of the lucky ones! Sharing the table with our President Dr. Neil Mort and other Acsenda colleagues was enjoyable, as well as talking to members of the CIM. This event allowed me to increase my networking and learn more about the Canadian business environment.” Claudia Espinoza – Student in BBA Accounting concentration What is the Canadian Institute of Management? The association has been Canada’s leader in management certification, accreditation, and professional development since 1942. The organization allows registrants to be identified as the most competent, knowledgeable, and insightful business leaders in their industries. The British Columbia and Yukon Chapter covers an extensive geographical area spanning the entirety of the province and territory. As CIM | Chartered Managers Canada’s most recently established Chapter, we bring a fresh and innovative perspective to the association. Our economy on the west coast presents unique opportunities and challenges for managers to navigate. Also, please click on the link attached to learn more about the Canadian Institute of Management.  

December 20: Campus closed due to inclement weather

Due to inclement weather and rough road conditions, the campus will be closed today (December 20, 2022). Please refer to the MyASM homepage and your student email for updates. Instructors will be in contact with students regarding next steps, as well. We will be providing an update later in the day regarding campus operations for December 21.

Acsenda students visit Loblaws Distribution Center

Acsenda students visited Loblaws Distribution Center

International Business Management (IBM) Acsenda students visited Loblaws Distribution Center in Pitt Meadows. International Business Management Program Director, Fuat Ramazanov, took some of his supply chain management students on a facility tour of Loblaws Distribution Center organized by the Canadian Materials Handling & Distribution Society. How was the tour? During the tour, students learned how various products are handled, stored in the warehouse and delivered to retailers. “As an international business management student, I have access to training and field trips that help me understand international trade and supply chain in extensive ways. These experiences have enriched my knowledge of on-site operations in different types of warehouses, broadening my horizons in the supply chain industry,” said Mariana de la Torre, a second-year BBA student. It was an excellent experience for our students to see how Loblaw’s team makes everything move in and out smoothly in the Lower Mainland and beyond! What are Loblaws and what do they do? Loblaws is a Canadian retail company serving since 1919 and has corporate and franchise supermarkets. They operate under 22 regional and market segment banners, pharmacies, banking, and apparel. It is one of the largest Canadian retailers in the country, and its brands include President’s Choice, No Name, and Joe Fresh. They sell everything from groceries, medications, household products, phones, general items, and financial services. They have over 2,400 stores in Canada and have 190,000 Canadians employed in full-time and part-time positions. Loblaws also has more than 18 million PC Optimum members and 3 million PC Financial Master Cardholders. Besides they are one of Canada’s top 100 employers. Their goal is to be the best in the industry and make food affordable; beauty and wellness accessible; saving for the future possible, and essential style achievable. Additionally, they are collaborating with 4,000 vendors and 27 distribution centers across Canada. Also, if you want to learn more about the Loblaws Companies, please visit their website.

Acsenda hosts Rotaract Club of Vancouver

Acsenda hosts Rotaract Club of Vancouver

Acsenda School of Management hosted the Rotaract Drop-In Session by the Rotary Club of Vancouver on Wednesday, November 16th. The session was led by the Rotaract Club of Vancouver Yaletown President Jane LePorte and President of Acsenda Dr. Neil Mort, featuring guest speaker Ron Suzuki. The session had an attendance of 25 students and included a free pizza lunch. Students had a chance to learn all about the amazing work that the Rotaract Club of Vancouver does in the community, including opportunities to gain valuable volunteer experience and connections as part of Rotaract. What is the Rotary Club of Vancouver? The Rotaract Club of Vancouver is an organization of businesses and experienced personnel who help to provide humanitarian service, promoting kindness and goodwill in order to create peace in the world. The Rotaract Club gives an opportunity to do something on significant problems that have an impact on our communities, our country and the world and people can cooperate just from the comfort of their own homes. Some examples of the causes that the Rotaract Club dedicates its time to are: fighting diseases,  providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, protecting the environment and promoting world peace. If you want more information about the Rotaract Club of Vancouver Yaletown, their fundraisers, meetings and stories please go to the Rotaract Club website. Also, if you are interested in joining the Rotaract Club, please email Maria Stevens at maria.stevens@acsenda.com

Acsenda students visit Vancouver Christmas Market

Acsenda students visit Vancouver Christmas Market

The Holiday Spirit Abounds at Acsenda   The Vancouver cold has certainly never bothered our students, especially when the Christmas Market is in town. On November 24th, a group of 18 excited students joined in on a tour of the Vancouver Christmas Market. This cherished holiday event offers an authentic German feast for the senses. Strolling the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air, our students had the chance to indulge in some delicious, traditional food and warm spiced beverages. Each student had the chance to enjoy the various goods curated by the Market’s amazing vendors. They offered everything from beautiful artwork, handmade incense and soaps, and warm woolen mittens and hats. However, the fun didn’t end there! A fully-operational carousel offered a quick spin around the Market’s many gorgeous light installments, and it provided the perfect view of the Walk-In Christmas Tree, which offered a beautiful backdrop for festive photos.   Warm Food, Drinks, and Friendships   Seeing so many students have the chance to spend time with their friends and peers was lovely. In the spirit of the Holiday, many students also had the opportunity to meet new friends and share this wonderful experience. There is nothing like the Holiday spirit to end the year; for many students, this was the perfect way to end the Midterm season. Thank you to all of our students for participating in this event and for your positive and welcoming attitudes toward new friends and peers.   Looking Forward to the Holiday Season   Thank you to our Academic Advisor, Jan Zhao, for all her support with this event, and thank you to all our students for participating. As we look forward to the new year, let’s remember the spirit of friendship and community that we were all able to experience at the Market. Please check your email for information on more amazing events like this one!   Thank you to all students who submitted photos of this event. If there is a Holiday event or tradition you want to see at Acsenda, don’t hesitate to contact Maria Stevens, our Student Experience Coordinator. Happy Holidays!

Acsenda hosts 2022 ASQ Canada Conference

Acsenda hosts the 2022 ASQ Canada Conference

On November 19, Acsenda hosts the 2022 ASQ Canada Conference. This is the third year that Acsenda has coordinated conferences for ASQ, and it was a privilege to be asked to host the national conference in person at the Acsenda School of Management campus. How was the conference? ASQ Vancouver hosted the conference at Acsenda’s campus, beginning at 7:45 AM and closing with door prizes and remarks at 5:00 PM. The conference focused on ‘Overcoming Diversity: A Leap Forward’, touching on the global challenges of a post-COVID world. Some Acsenda students were involved with the organization, logistics and promotion of the event, including a group of BHM students, who helped to coordinate and host the food services. Also, several of Acsenda’s faculty and directors had key roles in coordinating the event. The day was packed with virtual and hybrid sessions by different industry professionals. It involved panel discussion sessions, snacks and lunch, trivia and door prizes. Some of the speakers at the conference include: Liz Gleadle (Olympic Athlete and Events Host) Gina Vahlas (Ergonomist and Occupational Hygiene Officer) Fernando De La Torre (Quality Professional, Certified Leader and Coach) Monica Parkin (Best Selling-Author and Podcast Host) Linda Naiman (Corporate alchemist, Artist and Coach) Moataz El-Menshawy (Professional Engineer) Shafiq Jamal (Independent Consultant and Reputation Management Expert) Jeffrey Rosaine (Corporate Quality Manager) Kelvin Monteiro (Operations Leader and Coach) Sandra Amador (Quality Assurance Manager) What are Acsenda President’s thoughts about the ASQ conference? Acsenda’s President Dr. Neil Mort congratulated International Business Director Fuat Ramazanov and Faculty member Natella Isazada who were the conference organizers for an exceptional job. Thanks to Marketing Director, Louis Blais, and the student team who helped with the organizational aspects, and to BHM Faculty member Nirmal Vasanth for coordinating the catering. Thanks also to VP Academic Dr. Chehra Aboukinane for her work in establishing this very positive connection. This event sought to continue to strengthen Acsenda’s relationship with ASQ, in addition to providing valuable learning experiences through their organization. ASQ also provided several scholarships for students. What is ASQ? American Society for Quality (ASQ) is a global organization with associates and customers in over 130 countries. Their organization incorporates communities of members that assist them in connecting with other quality professionals and specialists, increasing their knowledge and progress in their professions, and also expanding their leadership skills. Additionally, ASQ respects diverse needs and provides people with ideas and tools to create a better space for their communities. ASQ Vancouver is a local chapter of ASQ that serves British Columbia, primarily in Metro Vancouver and in lower Vancouver. They have been providing opportunities for learning, quality improvement, knowledge exchange, operations, and risk management since 1989. Also, if you want more information, please go to the ASQ Vancouver Section website.