ACCC Launches Campaign to Double International Student Enrollment
The Board of Directors has approved an innovative new International Marketing Campaign aimed at doubling the number of international students enrolled at Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics.
Recruitment efforts launch in Brazil later this month at a Forum between Canadian colleges and Brazilian Institutos Federais, the main facilitators of the Science without Borders scholarships for colleges and institutes.
In June, Canadian college representatives will travel to eight cities in Brazil to work with their partners to recruit new students. The campaign will include a sophisticated digital strategy and representation in Brazil to assist Canadian colleges.
Additional international opportunities for colleges are planned for Francophone Africa, India, and China next year. This campaign is self-funded by participants and is open to all ACCC members. Please contact Michael Fine for more information.
Ideas Uncorked | ACCC Annual Conference | June 1-3, 2013
Ideas Uncorked is the theme for this year’s ACCC Annual Conference, hosted by Okanagan College in Penticton, British Columbia. Penticton is located in the Okanagan Valley, between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, and is a year-round destination owing to its proximity to sandy beaches, fish-filled lakes, ski hills, orchards, wineries and golf courses.
The Conference, sponsored by Workbay.Net, provides ample opportunity for participants to connect, share ideas and influence the future direction of applied higher education. More than 700 delegates will attend, including CEOs, senior administrators, board members, managers, faculty, staff, students, international guests and business executives. Register now to benefit from the Early Bird rate available until April 15!
For information on the Conference program, keynote speakers, network sessions, pre-Conference sessions, accommodation or to register, please visit the Conference website.
Pre-Conference Symposium: Excellence in Sustainability of Rural and Remote Colleges
A pre-Conference symposium will showcase the Canada/U.S. Alliance of Rural Colleges (ARC) partnership. Under the leadership of the ARC co-chairs, Kathy Eneguess, President, White Mountains Community College, New Jersey and Denise Henning, President, Northwest Community College, B.C., the evening is structured to enable participants to share exemplary practices and explore opportunities for collaboration both within Canada and with US colleges.
Tony Tilly, President, Fleming College, Ontario, and Bruce Ayers, President and CEO of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, open the evening highlighting the contribution of their institutions to the economic development of communities. The dinner will feature “speed dating” opportunities on topics of key import including: policy/accountability, serving indigenous peoples and communities, technology and distributed learning, water in rural/remote contexts, natural resource sectors, coastal/marine environments, and energy. The symposium is Friday, May 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. Click here to register.
College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) Dazzles
As part of its tenth anniversary celebration, CNA-Q, in partnership with UNESCO-UNEVOC, hosted the world to a remarkable three-day exploration of applied higher education. Academics and practitioners from 41 countries offered perspectives on key challenges and opportunities. As Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, I had the honour of presenting opening remarks. My observations on the importance of rebranding the sector drew intense comment. I argued that the “TVET” moniker is tired and does not offer a solid platform for marketing. Our sector must focus on education, not training and on professions, not vocations. The Qataris picked up on the term “applied higher education” as particularly relevant to their realities. CNA-Q is an exceptional Canadian success story. Several hundred Canadian educators make Qatar their home. The large, attractive campus is tailored perfectly to climatic and environmental conditions. A commitment to teaching and learning excellence has sustained strong growth in the student population. CNA-Q is owned by the Qatari government and operated as a campus of CNA under a management agreement with the Newfoundland and Labrador institution.
Congratulations to Peter Lawlor, who has been chosen as Cambrian College’s fifth President, replacing Sylvia Barnard, who will be retiring in June 2013. Mr. Lawlor will assume the presidency on July 1, 2013. He is currently the Dean, School of Trades at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and the President of Skills Canada, Alberta.
Faculty and staff from a number of member institutions have been recognized for their commitment to their communities. Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient Dempsey Bob, world renowned Tahltan/Tlingit artist as well as instructor and senior advisor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at Northwest Community College.