Ottawa, October 30 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is in China this week to strengthen ties with the Chinese post-secondary sector. The Association is accompanied by a 45 person delegation from 27 member institutions and has signed two new memorandums of understanding (MOU) that will help Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics establish effective partnerships with Chinese institutions.
A first MOU was signed on October 25 with the China Education Association of International Exchanges (CEAIE). This Beijing-based, nationwide not-for-profit organization is committed to meeting the needs of China’s new emphasis on applied learning and technological education by developing exchanges and opportunities for cooperation.
The agreement will facilitate the creation of partnerships between Canadian colleges and Chinese post-secondary institutions that wish to access Canadian expertise in technical education and training. It will also encourage student mobility and promote faculty exchanges in both directions, with a special emphasis on creating new and creative opportunities for Canadian students to learn and intern in China using English or French.
The second MOU was signed with the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education (GDPE) on October 30th and will help share Canadian expertise in curriculum development, in addition to supporting student mobility.
Guangdong is the most populous province in China with 105.9 million residents. The province has been the source of many Chinese immigrants to Canada over the years and a principal driver of the Chinese economy for the past three decades. It is a very promising partner for CICan members.
“These agreements come at a strategic time for Canadian colleges, as China has recently moved to expand its college system and to transform 600 universities into institutions of applied learning and technology,” said Denise Amyot, CICan President and CEO. “Canadian colleges and institutes will support this major initiative to prepare China’s workforce for more value-added production and services, while reducing the growing number of its unemployed university graduates.”
Left Photo: Signing Ceremony between CICan and the China Education Association of International Exchange (CEAIE) in Beijing. Right photo: Group picture with partners form the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education (GDPE).
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics. The Association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. CICan operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world and is the secretariat for the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP). CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot, is also the Chair of the WFCP.
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