Catherine Vertesi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in recognition of her internationalization work on November 16, 2017 from University of Pécs on the occasion of University’s 650th anniversary.
“For me what is great is that the university determined that internationalization is important enough to recognize.” Catherine acknowledges she “is lucky to have great colleagues but also some great bosses always said (go for it)”.
The University of Pécs is the oldest university in Hungary and one of the countries major higher education institutions with 10 faculties, 32 clinics and winery research facility. The University delivers programs in Hungarian, English and German.
As early as the 80’s Catherine was one of the first in Canada to introduce mobility programs for students. With her vision, 25% of the undergraduate students and 50% of the MBA students at UBC’s faculty of Commerce and Business Administration were participating in mobility programs. In 2001 she because the Dean of Business at Capilano University and was name Vice President Education with a portfolio that included management and international programs in 2006.
Catherine has been very active in the international education associations worldwide assuming leadership positions and giving presentations to promote excellence in international education practices at home and abroad. She received awards from UBC as well as recognition for her internationalization work from Thai, Hungarian and Danish institutions. In 2003 received the CBIE International Leadership Award for Canada and in 2017, Catherine was honored with the BC Council for International Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
Catherine has retired from Capilano University and now serves of the Board for University Canada West.