Biennial Symposium on Communications (BSC) is a prestigious international research conference in communications, information theory, and signal processing. Organized since 1962 by Queen’s University, the Symposium is now presented by the Canadian Society of Information Theory, and its 30th edition will be hosted online by the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, from June 28 to June 30, 2021. It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in this event by submitting previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics in communications, information theory, and signal processing. We are excited to have influential plenary and tutorial speakers addressing popular and emerging topics in signal processing and communications. We look forward to your support and participation in BSC 2021!

University of Saskatchewan Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Ha Nguyen is the Chair of this prestigious international research conference.


Keynote Speakers:

Yonina Eldar, Weizmann Institute of Science, IsraelAmir Khandani, University of Waterloo, CanadaMarco De Renzo, CentraleSupelec, Paris-Saclay University, FranceWei Yu, University of Toronto, Canada

Tutorial Speakers:

Hien Q. Ngo, Queen's University Belfast, UKBruno Clerkx, Imperial College London, UK

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is hosting a series of podcasts on internationalization and the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Podcast 1 - Internationalization and the SDGs part 1

Podcast 2 - Internationalization and the SDGs part 2

Podcast 3 - Internationalization and the SDGs part 3

Link to all available and upcoming podcasts.

To contribute to the University of Saskatchewan International Blueprint for Action and the international relationship development envisioned by the International Education and Jurisdictional Initiatives Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, the International Office, Student Recruitment and International Student and Study Abroad teams have been working together to organize a series of “Country Conversations”.

“Country Conversations” is an exciting series of global dialogue which aims to unite our campus community and encourage global learning from our faculty who have in-depth experience working with select countries and communities. We envision that this series will not only help administrative units to share knowledge obtained from foreign governments and partner universities but also lead to academic units’ engaging in international endeavors, including research, and stakeholder development, trust and confidence building with faculty, researchers, and staff. Through the cultivation of trust and confidence between our faculty, staff and researchers peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities can be fully leveraged to enable the USask to be a global university—a University the world needs. 

Upcoming Events:

TBA for Fall 2022

Past Events:

September 22, 2021

Included a presentation of USask's engagement and funding opportunities with Japan, a panel discussion and a Q&A session. The panel was moderated by Dr. Carin Holroyd, Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, College of Arts and Science. The three panelists included:

  • Dr. Chary Rangacharyulu – Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, College of Arts and Science
  • Dr. Jaswant Singh – Professor, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Karen Tanino – Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Mexico and Latin America
November 22, 2021

Included a presentation of USask's engagement and funding opportunities with Mexico and Latin America, a panel discussion and a Q&A session. The panel was moderated by Mr. Danny Freire, Manager, Student Recruitment. Teaching and Learning. The three panelists included:

  • Dr. Veronica Campanucci – Associate Professor, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Medicine
  • Dr. Alexander Moewes – Canada Research Chair; Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Jim Robson – UNESCO Co-Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal; Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

May 19, 2022

During the May Country Conversations, USask was thrilled to welcome Dr. Chantal Barin (PhD, HDR), Science and Higher Education Attachée with the Cultural and Scientific Services French Embassy in Canada (Vancouver). Dr. Barin delivered a presentation on France-Canada higher education collaboration priorities and funding support; she was joined by three USask faculty members as panelists to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise on building longstanding collaborations with partners in France. University of Saskatchewan panelists included:

  • Dr. Stella Spriet—Associate Professor, Language,  Literature, Cultural Studies; and, Head-French  Studies, Grad Chair
  • Dr. Lenaic Couedel—Associate Professor, Graduate Chair, Physics & Engineering Physics
  • Dr. Tom Warkentin—Professor, Plant Sciences,  Crop Development Centre; and, Ministry of  Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chair  in Pulse Crop Breeding and Genetics

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) International Office was pleased to partner on the 27th National Congress on Rural Education in Canada, with the theme of Rural Education for a Sustainable Future.  You may be aware of our USask People Around the World (PAW) initiative—this year we were thrilled to partner with the National Congress to advance sustainable education through national and global perspectives!

The 27th Congress was hybrid (in-person and/or virtual) and took place on March 27-28, 2022.  The event included dynamic keynote speakers and several panels (including from international presenters), in the area of rural and remote education. The Congress highlighted global perspectives on rural and remote education and sustainability research, and engendered exciting discussions between educators, school and system leaders, parents, community members, and researchers.

Conference Website

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

For information on past USask People Around the World (PAW) Conferences please see below:

PAW 2020

PAW 2021 

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) in collaboration with Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute invites you to attend the Prairies Regional Conference, Engaging India – Engaging Canada: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on October 20-21, 2022. For more details on the conference program please see below.

The conference is a major international engagement initiative of USask focusing on India, which is a priority country for international research collaboration. We have confirmed participation from the seven prairie universities including Manitoba, Regina, Saskatchewan, Calgary, Alberta, Lethbridge, and Athabasca.


A PDF version of the above poster can be found here.

Please find the Conference Program here.

To register please click here.

For questions, please contact: 

Greetings from Saskatchewan, Canada.

On behalf of the Saskatchewan Education Alliance Group on International Research, Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, I kindly invite you to attend the virtual and recorded Local Action, Global Impact: Building Awareness on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Saskatchewan’s Postsecondary Education event on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (Saskatchewan).

This event, hosted in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan, will raise awareness on how Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be addressed in higher education, and provides a unique opportunity to engage with key stakeholders to further advance SDGs across Canada.

We have a great line up of speakers representing different sectors, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; United Nations Global Compact; International Institute for Sustainable Development; Sustainable Development Solutions Network; University of Saskatchewan; University of Regina; Saskatchewan Polytechnic; and Parkland College. The Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan, will be present to bring opening remarks. Please view the agenda here.  

Given the broad scope of the SDGs, this event will focus only on the four SDGs that best relate to our mandates as higher education institutions:

  • SDG 4: Quality Education;
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth;
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities; and,
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

The diverse audience of academics, students and representatives from higher education institutions, and government officials will enable a rich and engaging discussion on the topic of the SDGs.

Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to have a provincial table whose members include representatives from higher education institutions and officials from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education. Our role is to work collectively in advancing the SDGs locally, nationally and internationally.                  

On behalf of the Saskatchewan Education Alliance Group, I request you to accept our kind invitation. We will be truly honoured if you could attend.

Please click on the following link to register for the event before April 10.

Registration for Local Action, Global Impact Event

Please note that the event will be recorded. Login details will be provided to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the event.

Dr. Meghna Ramaswamy, Chair
Saskatchewan Education Alliance Group on International Research, Development and the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Conversations

The next global conversation TBD.

The Visiting Professors Global Conversations Series is presented by the International Office.