ACCC mission to China champions expertise of Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics
Beijing, China, October 30, 2013 – Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) President and CEO, Denise Amyot, is leading a delegation of Canadian institutions to the People’s Republic of China. The mission is promoting post-secondary opportunities for Chinese students in Canada; encouraging two-way exchanges of students and young researchers; and highlighting the international development capacity of Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics.
While in China, Ms. Amyot will meet with Canada’s Ambassador to China; officials from the Trade and Immigration sections; the Chinese Ministry of Education; the China Scholarship Council and will visit the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange. Ms. Amyot is also Chairing a Board meeting of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) and participating in discussions with the leadership of the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) to plan for the 2014 World Congress to be held in Beijing.
“I am honoured to be received so warmly by our Chinese partners and to have the opportunity to highlight the excellence of Canada’s colleges and institutes in providing skills for employment,” said ACCC President, Denise Amyot. “We are pleased Canada is a destination of choice for so many Chinese students across our wide array of diploma, degree and certificate options.”
Ms. Amyot is a speaker at the 5th Meeting of the China-Canada Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science and Technology; and will address the International Forum on Vocational Education and Technical Education.
This visit also supports objectives of Canada’s 2009 education agreement with China, which Prime Minister Harper mentioned in remarks in Guangzhou, China on February 10, 2012. In conjunction with other priorities, ACCC will be working with its Institute of Technology partners in China and our common employers to increase the number of Canadians doing their internships in China.
“Nearly 90,000 Chinese and Canadian students are studying and conducting research in each other’s country, enhancing their own experience abroad and enriching the educational experience for all students,” said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade. “These important people-to-people ties are helping fuel the growing Canada-China partnership and we welcome this mission and the role ACCC plays in helping Canadian and Chinese students prosper in an increasingly competitive globalized world.”
Discussions will also take place on services for newcomers through pre-arrival services with the federally funded Canadian Immigrant Integration Program. CIIP is one of ACCC’s many success stories and, since being piloted in 2007, has provided pre-arrival services for more than 23,500 immigrants as they prepare for integration into life in Canada. Ms. Amyot will visit the ACCC China field office in Guangzhou to meet with CIIP clients and ACCC staff.
ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics with 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities. The Association and its members are active global players in postsecondary education, providing support, expertise and learning opportunities around the world.
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