Ottawa, ON, July 7, 2014 — Colleges and Institutes Canada President and CEO, Denise Amyot, is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Khoi Nguyen Investment and Education Development Company (KNE) of Vietnam. This two-year collaboration was endorsed on June 27 in Ottawa by Ms. Amyot and KNE General Director, Trinh Quang Dong, in the presence of His Excellency To Ahn Dung, the Ambassador of Vietnam to Canada.
The LOI identifies several agreed-upon areas for cooperation including the promotion of Canadian colleges and institutes to students in Vietnam and the establishment of an English Language Institute in Vietnam. The LOI also provides technical support for KNE’s efforts to establish and manage a Canadian Curriculum College as it expands from its current kindergarten-to-Grade-12 education system also using Canadian school curriculum.
“By working with our Vietnamese partners, we are helping create access to education that supports employment as well as new opportunities for our member institutions,” said Ms. Amyot. “This is a good opportunity for colleges and institutes looking to attract more international students, while we reinforce Canada’s college advantage through engagement with KNE on several joint initiatives within a growing Vietnam.”
“Partnering with Colleges and Institutes Canada is the right choice for KNE as we look to expand our education offerings based on Canada’s college model,” said Mr. Dong. “This partnership will strengthen international cooperation and support our ability to provide students with the skills they need for employment in Vietnam or to broaden their skills internationally.”
KNE is a company focused on contributing to education development in Vietnam. It has invested in the Canadian International School and the Bilingual Canadian International School which offer the Ontario curriculum to students in Vietnam with Ontario qualified teachers. KNE aims to provide a high-quality learning experience to students in Vietnam with well-developed curricula, experienced and qualified teaching staff, and state-of-the-art campuses and facilities. Most graduates intend to pursue their studies in Canada and other western countries.
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of 95 per cent of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics, working 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. Colleges and Institutes Canada operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world. It also has extensive international development experience in various aspects of capacity-development in technical and vocational education and training through its project involvement with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
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