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Top honours for Canadian Colleges at WFCP World Congress

Beijing, Oct 27, 2014 – Canadian leadership in technical education has been recognized on the international stage for many years. This is why Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to announce that six of its members have won international awards of excellence at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnic’s (WFCP) World Congress in Beijing, China.

The WFCP Awards of Excellence honour and support higher standards in applied education and showcases best practices across the global education sector. The awards recognize leadership, innovation, and exemplary performance from WFCP members, who come from 62 different countries.

Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics were winners in four of five categories:

Alberta’s Olds College struck Gold in the Governance category, which is awarded to a college or a college association that has demonstrated excellence in improving institutional performance through initiatives that modernize governance.

British Columbia’s Douglas College received Silver for International Collaboration, along with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which took home the bronze in that category.

Alberta’s Lakeland College was awarded a Silver award for its college-industry partnerships while BCs College of the Rockies received another Silver award in the Social development category. Manitoba’s Red River College received a Bronze award in the same category.

“With Canada’s international leadership and support role of the WFCP, we are extremely proud to see such a strong showing by our members for their leadership and innovations,” said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “Canadian colleges and institutes are world leaders and offer compelling initiatives that other nations can learn from to enhance their own post-secondary education systems.

Canadian institutions also played a key role leading discussions at the WFCP World Congress, where international members adopted the Beijing Declaration: Building a Better Future. The Declaration reaffirms the commitment of the WFCP and its members toquality education and program development, based on dialogue and cooperation.

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, polytechnics, and cégeps. 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. 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 the Chair of the WFCP.



 For more information:

Julien Abord-Babin
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext. 3131
Twitter: @CollegeCan



WFCP Award winners

International Collaboration

Gold: China – Tianjin Sino-German Vocational Technical College (TSVTC)

The TSVTC is the largest co-operation project in the field of vocational education and training between the Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish governments. The college insists on talent training in accordance with international standards and implements “ordered class” training with innovative systems to offer job-ready students for businesses. It has won several awards.

Silver: Canada – Douglas College

Internationalization is a top priority in the Douglas College Strategic plan.  Douglas has 35 active international partnerships with institutions and organizations in 18 countries. These relationships support the College’s international dual-degree programs, faculty development, field schools, contract training, student/faculty exchange, visiting student programs, degree completion pathways, practicum and internships, and service learning.

Bronze: Canada – British Columbia Institute of Technology

BCIT has been partnering with colleges around the word for 14 years. These partnerships have now grown to over 21 institutions. BCIT’s International Program provides needed solutions to meet the global challenges for high skilled, job ready graduates.

College-Industry Partnerships

Gold: United Arab Emirates – Higher Colleges of Technology

Over the last three years, HCT has partnered with more than 1,000 employers. It also engages the industry on an on-going basis to ensure its programs are relevant, which is achieved through Industry Advisory Committees. HCT also continuously works to improve the student experience and the satisfaction of participating employers. 

Silver: Canada – Lakeland College

The Student Managed Farm at Lakeland College provides students with the real-world experience of operating and managing an authentic agriculture business. They work closely with a number of major industry partners and they also actively participate in a number of industry conferences and meetings in order to stay up to date on developments in that sector.

Bronze: China – Rizhao Polytechnic

Rizhao adheres to the concept of international co-operation and collaborates with famous companies both at home and abroad. This is, amongst others, particularly valid in the case of the automotive industry and the software industry.

Commitment to Social Development

Gold: Australia – TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland’s commitment to social development through international collaboration is reflected through the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) project, whose aim is to deliver a range of Australian qualifications to Pacific Islanders. TAFE Queensland East Coast was selected and appointed to deliver and manage the schools of Automotive, Construction and Electrical and Manufacturing.

Silver: Canada – College of the Rockies

The MAISHA project is a health partnership in rural Kenya. It is focused on improving maternal, newborn and child health in rural communities by strengthening health facilities and community health systems through the development of training systems at educational institutions.

Bronze: Canada – Red River College

Red River College took part in the shared management of an international consortium aimed at developing a zero emission all-electric transit bus that can operate in severe climates. The team at RRC handled the financial administration of the initial project and the assembly/modification of lithium battery packs.

Applied Research

Gold: UK – Mixed Economy Group of Colleges (MEG)

Applied research is research which informs teaching practice and thus the student experience. MEG has worked in partnership with a range of organizations to share its work and support the development of effective systems for the design and delivery of programs. In 2011, the Group was successful in obtaining the necessary funding to act as a lead organization for colleges delivering courses of higher education.


Gold: Canada – Olds College

Dr. Tom Thompson, President of Olds College, is truly a best in class expert when it comes to high performance board governance in higher education. He advises boards away from the common practice of micromanaging into the business of administration. He also helps them focus on strategic and generative thinking that ensure the institution is enabled for its future every bit as much as for its present.