As many of you already know, the IESC has been busy this term- not only with the arrival of new students, but also settling into to our new home in the International & Graduate Affairs Building! Upper year students might recognize our new building as the former location of the Ivey Business School (or Lawrence National Centre, to be precise).

Western International, including not only IESC but also the Office of the Vice-Provost (International), International Learning, Pathway Admissions and International Liason, Africa Institute, and Western Heads East, take up the entire second floor in the International & Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB for short!).

With all of Western’s international resources and services under one roof, our new space is the go-to place for all things “international” on campus. Whether you’re looking to explore opportunities abroad or find a home far away from your own, all of the resources you need can be found here. If our friendly and welcoming staff members are unable to help for any reason, we know just who to refer you to on campus and can point you in the right direction for more information and advice.

The move has been a lot of work, but with more than 3,200 international students at Western and a growing abundance of global and intercultural opportunities, the new space was much needed.

Although the IGAB is new to us, the history of the building stretches back almost three decades. The building was originally the National Centre for Management Research and Development (“NCMRD”), dedicated to the Richard Ivey School of Business back in 1986. In 2001, Ivey alumnus, Jack Lawrence, donated $3.7 million to the Ivey Business School for much-needed expansion of their building. They added a third floor with several study spaces and offices and renamed the building the Ivey Lawrence National Centre. Eventually, Ivey’s capacity just got too large and a new building was constructed across the street near Elborn College. After being un-occupied for some time, it was decided that the Lawrence National Centre would be the perfect place to accommodate the growing number of International and Exchange students at Western and the growing need for Graduate program space. This fall, the International and Graduate Affairs Building was born!

Our new space features a friendly reception area, numerous staff offices, and a warm and inviting open space where students can connect with resources, programs, and, most importantly, their peers! Our new area also features a wellness room, thesis and presentation rooms, and flexible event space to host student events and other gatherings.

If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to stop by and check out our new home! Afterall- it’s your new home as well 🙂