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April 20, 2015

CICan signs MOU with India

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), along with 10 of its members, signed memorandums of understandings (MOUs) last week with India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed these partnerships during the first state visit to Canada from an Indian prime minster in over 40 years. The MOU between CICan and the NSDC will facilitate multiple sector collaborations for capacity development and the establishment of National Occupation Standards (NOSs). As India embarks on an ambitious education reform, this new framework for collaboration will pave the way for initiatives in a variety of sectors such as curriculum development, teaching and learning resources development, occupational standards, testing and certification and labour market information system. Click here for the CICan news release. Click here to view a brief interview with NSDC MD and CEO, Dilip Chenoy

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Two of the first three first Express Entry candidates to become Canadian permanent residents are Canadian college graduates. The government of Canada’s Express Entry program is designed to select immigrant residents whose skills meet the needs of the labour markets. Yaoyao Zheng graduated from Humber College in Supply Chain Management and today works at DMA Logistics, while Xin Zhao graduated from Mohawk College in business accounting, and works at Wing on New Group Canada.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a very interesting Canadian Council of Chief Executive conference titled “Creating Opportunities: Jobs and Skills for the 21st Century” along with colleges Presidents Karen from Yukon college, Larry Rosia, from Saskatchewan Polytechnics, Ann Buller from Centennial College and Glen Feltham from NAIT and Ann Sado from George Brown College to explore how the industry and the postsecondary education system can better work together to resolve the skills gaps. Ann Sado also gave a fantastic presentation during a panel on the role of Colleges. Bravo Ann! Shortly after that conference I headed to Lisbon, Portugal at the invitation of the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) for their 25th Annual Conference. The conference’s theme was “Professional Higher Education more Relevant than Ever – Challenges for the Future”, and I was honoured to deliver the keynote speech on Thursday. I spoke of the challenges for higher education in a globalized world and the lessons learned through our Canadian experience. It was also wonderful to meet colleagues from various European countries, including many partners from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP). I hope this will be a positive step towards stronger linkages between EURASHE and the WFCP as together we literally cover the world. While in Portugal, I met with the Ambassador of Canada to Portugal Jeffrey Marder, as well as officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and Portuguese representatives from the education sector for a productive discussion about Canadian excellence in professional training and applied research, as well as concerns related to international students with the new IEC changes. We also discussed a potential tour of Canadian colleges in the Azores next October for an education fair and exploring partnerships. Stay tuned‎..


Chris Udy has been named the new interim director of trades, technology and industry training for North Island College. Mr. Udy has been a faculty member at North Island College’s Campbell River campus for the last 15 years. He began his role on March 2.

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