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International Partnerships

September 2019 - November 2019

1. Canada’s New international Education Strategy

Outbound Student Mobility Pilot

CICan has recently completed five regional consultations to discuss the recently announced Outbound Student Mobility pilot programme. We have also conducted several student focus groups to hear students’ thoughts on their outbound mobility experiences. The purpose for the regional consultations was to inform our members about the details of the pilot and to seek your advice as CICan prepares terms of reference (TORs) and a proposal call which we expect to launch next spring

For more information please contact Darrin Caron.

Study in Canada Scholarship Program

Following the launch of the new International Education Strategy, Global Affairs Canada has introduced a new pilot Study in Canada Scholarships program to help promote a dynamic and diversified international education sector across Canada.

CICan invites you to review the scholarship guidelines. Questions regarding the program can be directed to Global Affairs Canada:

For more information please contact Darrin Caron.

2. Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada

SDS Expansion and Outreach

Recently expanded to Pakistan, Morocco and Senegal, CICan expects that additional markets will be included, as per commitments made in the new International Education Strategy. Through ongoing engagement, CICan is aware that IRCC is currently assessing eligibility criteria with a view to potential refinement. Prior to making any changes, IRCC will consult with key stakeholders, including CICan. We await more information on the timing of further consultations and expansion.

CICan recently met with the IRCC head in Ho Chi Minh City regarding low approval rates for  EAP/ESL program applicants. It was noted that financial solvency is a key issue for applicants who fall outside of the SDS program (GIC $10k alone not sufficient) and that Letters of Acceptance (LOA) are often vague (i.e. not enough detail regarding the expected duration of the ESL/EAP program, what level they would be expected to achieve and having done so, whether there is a guarantee of admission into the expected academic program. We will continue to follow these developments and work with member institutions to recommend possible solutions.

For more information please contact Andrew Champagne.

3. Partnerships Development: Program Proposal Pipeline

Kenya - MasterCard Foundation – Young Africa Works TVET Kenya Program (YAW-K-TVET)

CICan continues with final discussions with the MasterCard Foundation for a five-year program in Kenya.  The Young Africa Works TVET Kenya Program (YAW-K-TVET) will strengthen the quality of Kenyan TVET institutions and systems by developing 25 Centres of Excellence (COEs) as model institutions. YAW-K_TVET will increase the participation of 500,000 young Kenyans, particularly women, in market-relevant skills training programs to increase the number of youths transitioning to dignified and fulfilling work.  The program will involve a significant number of both EFE-style institutional and thematic partnerships between Kenyan institutions and CICan member institutions.

For more information please contact Susan Sproule.

Senegal - ESP-EPE

A capacity building workshop for managers from gender and employment integration support units took place at Lycée Technique professional Mgr. François Xavier Ndione (LTPFXN) in September. Supported by the Employment Directorate of the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and Handicrafts (MEFPA) ESP-EPE partner institutions from seven regions of Senegal discussed topics including female entrepreneurship, employment integration and the collection of gender-sensitive data.

The 9th EFE Senegal forum will take place next February. This year’s theme chosen by the MEFPA is Employment.

CICan is also pleased to announce the appointment of Fanny Hébert as our new ESP-ÉPE Senegal Senior Program Officer. Leila Faraj is now our full-time CICan EFE Gender Specialist.

For more information please contact Marie-Josée Fortin.

4. Update on recent activities

Vietnam & China

CICan VP, Alain Roy and Senior Project Officer, Xin Qin, visited Vietnam and China in October. In Vietnam, meetings were held with high-level officials at the Directorate of Vocational Training, Ministry of Labor, Invalids & Social Affairs (MOLISA) and discussed opportunities for future collaboration in response to the country’s rapidly growing economy and rising demand for well-trained workers in a variety of professions.

CICan also met with representatives from the Vietnam Associational of Community Colleges (VACC) and visited two of its members to learn about the needs and interests of Vietnamese TVET institutions as they try to improve their system and offer more and better programs.

Meetings were also held with Trade Commissioners at the Canadian Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. Market development for the education sector is moving beyond student recruitment and will seek to develop more industry-specific education and training opportunities in the future. CICan will work closely with TCS to promote members’ capabilities in the high-demand sectors such as hospitality/tourism and healthcare.

In China, CICan attended the China Annual Conference for International Education and presented on Canadian college sector’ experiences and approaches to better respond to the changing world of work, focusing on accessibility and flexibility of the system. We also joined an international delegation and visited Jiangxi Province, where we attended the provincial TVET Forum and partnership session and visited multiple colleges, all of which have good infrastructure and equipment and demonstrate a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Many Jiangxi colleges are keen to find partner institutions in Canada, and we will collect more detailed information and share it with members as it becomes available. If you are interested in developing partnerships (joint programs, offshore program delivery, pathway programs, student/faculty exchange, etc.) in China or Jiangxi in particular, please contact Xin Qin

While in Beijing, CICan also explored partnership opportunities in the health and eldercare sectors. CICan met with senior researchers of the Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education and discussed possible collaboration in TVET research and teacher training. CICan also met with a few organizations with important roles for China’s eldercare workforce development, including the China Association of Social Welfare in the health and Senior Service, and discussed steps to introduce Canada’s senior care-related training and education programs to China.

For more information please contact Xin Qin.

5. Current Education for Employment (EFE) Program Updates

Caribbean - Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE)

CICan is pleased that the St. Lucia SAGE field office is now open. The SAGE team has hired a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Sheri Allison. Sheri is based in Jamaica. CICan wishes to congratulate the following CICan members for having been selected by our Caribbean partners to implement the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) program:  Vancouver Island University, working with Parkland Institute and the Marine Institute in the sustainable Agri-forestry and Fisheries sector in Belize; Algonquin College, working with Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture in the Sustainable Building Techniques sector in Dominica; Marine Institute Memorial University working with Nova Scotia Community College in the Coastal/fisheries Management sector in Grenada; College of the North Atlantic working with Durham College, and Mohawk College in the Renewable Energy sector in Guyana; Niagara College working with College of the North Atlantic in the Climate Smart Agriculture sector in Jamaica, and Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture working with Algonquin College in the Climate Smart Agriculture sector in St. Lucia.

For more information please contact Susan Sproule.

Kenya - Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP)

KEFEP recently launched Kenya’s first-ever comprehensive gender analysis of the TVET sector. This report, which featured 100+ TVET stakeholders, will shape current and future work in the sector. Equipment shipping for KEFEP partner institutions is underway and will support 13 recently approved new CBET courses. Kenyan partners are also now implementing a number of approved applied research projects.

For more information please contact Susan Sproule.

Kenya - Supporting Innovation in the Technical and Vocational Education Sector: Towards Productivity and Competitiveness (SITVES)

CICan is now implementing, in collaboration with two Kenyan partners, a 3-year, $1M project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Our two Kenyan partner organizations include the Linking Industry with Academia Programme Trust (LIWA) and the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI).

A Request for Proposals, under SITVES Pillar 1, Innovation and Applied Research, was launched in August, with proposal review by representatives from LIWA, RVTTI and CICan. George Brown College (GBC), the selected college, with work with the SITVES team to support the development of a toolkit and provide workshops and training on how to establish and/or strengthen innovation and applied research hubs at up to four Kenyan institutions

For more information please contact Thomas Tunney.

Education for Employment Projects Capacity Building Sessions

Beginning in September, CICan started a capacity building outreach program to strengthen its members’ capacity to engage in EFE international projects. Priority was given to colleges that had not been involved with an EFE project between 2015-2019. CICan used the September 19th webinar launch of the Caribbean SAGE Program as a starting point to define capacity building needs. Although the overarching objective was to reach new colleges, CICan indicated in the SAGE webinar that it would provide the service to any member that requested support. At the October 22nd deadline, every college that received a training session applied to SAGE, including two members that had never applied and a member that had only applied for one project in the last five years. An additional 6 new colleges were part of consortia that applied for SAGE.

As we expect to be awarded pending programs over the next few months and as there appear to be unmet demands for such training, CICan is planning to organize more information and capacity-building sessions over the next six to twelve-month. We will also be reaching out to ‘experienced’ institutions which could play a mentoring/supportive role going forward.

For more information please contact Camille Khoury.

Pacific Alliance: Indigenous Communities, Education for Employment and the relationship with the Extractive Sector’ Forum

The PA-EFE Program is pleased to share the second edition of his Program Newsletter , and  where members can find, amongst other things, the YouTube link of the recording of their 3-day second thematic forum, Indigenous Communities, Education for Employment and the Relationship with the Extractive Sector, that took place last week (November 4th-6th, 2019) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in conjunction with CICan’s 11th Annual Indigenous Education Symposium: AP YouTube Channel.

This successful and productive forum brought together 32 delegates from the 4 Pacific Alliance countries and over 175 delegates from across Canada.

The PA-EFE team would like to congratulate and welcome the following CICan members who have been selected to work in the following new partnerships:

  • Services aiming to support educational success, employability and job placement: College Boréal, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and CCNB Chile); Cégep de Chicoutimi and Cégep de Jonquière (Colombia) and Cégep Édouard-Montpetit and Collège Montmorency (Peru).

Developing or strengthening organizations or initiatives that facilitate the alignment of TVET’s programing to the real demand of the extractive sector in the four PA countries: Collège Boréal, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), Cégep Marie-Victorin et Collège Montmorency.

For more information please contact Marie-Josée Fortin.

6. Upcoming Events, Missions, Training and Partnership Opportunities

Colleges and Institutes Edu-Canada Events (Philippines)

In partnership with the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines (Edu-Canada), CICan is pleased to offer a series of recruitment and partnership development events and activities (Feb 28 to March 3) available exclusively to our members. These include college and institute specific recruitment fairs and partnerships sessions to help members leverage opportunities to partner with Filipino institutions, work with Filipino companies, and recruit Filipino students. Registration is now open.

For more information please contact Andrew Champagne.

Marketing and Recruitment ‘mini’ mission to Senegal and Morocco

On the margins of the Edu-Canada fairs in Dakar, Senegal (January 24-25) CICan is organizing some value-added activities including a networking lunch with guidance counsellors and an information session/B2B events with education agents. Subsequently (January 27), similar activities will be organized in Casablanca, Morocco including networking opportunities with local institutions (potential partners), a closed-door briefing session with the Visa Office, and a small-scale recruitment fair.

For more information please contact Andrew Champagne.

Exploratory Mission to Pakistan

With the inclusion of Pakistan in the Student Direct Stream, members have reported an increase in applications, but a low level of overall engagement and few established in-market partnerships. CICan is, therefore, proposing an exploratory mission to Pakistan sometime in the 2020/2021 academic year to engage with embassy staff, education agents, post-secondary institutions, and (possibly) Pakistani government officials. Timing is to be determined.

For more information please contact Andrew Champagne.

APAIE 2020 Conference

As part of raising awareness, particularly as it relates to outbound student mobility, CICan will book a booth at the APAIE Conference.

Canadian Colleges and Institutes sector will have an opportunity to introduce to a broad Asian audience and discuss outbound mobility opportunities with them.

For more information please contact Darrin Caron.