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College welcomes delegates from Vietnam & Chile

Niagara College

Niagara College continues to welcome education leaders from around the globe who choose to further develop their postsecondary leadership and management skills at NC.

Delegates from Vietnam

NC hosted seven delegates from Vinh Lonh Community College (VLCC) in Mekong Delta, Vietnam from October 1 to 5 as part of a management study tour that took place at both campuses.

The Change Management Team (CMT) training sessions were designed to provide applied and practical learning in priority skill areas identified by CMT participants and incorporated NC faculty and staff experts from various departments and divisions within the College. Change management techniques were highlighted throughout the sessions as well as college operations and campus tours. The week-long training program concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between VLCC and NC, and discussions regarding potential future collaborations.

NC enjoys a flourishing relationship with VLCC. The College has worked closely with VLCC staff and faculty through the Vietnamese government’s Vietnam Skills for Employment Project (VSEP).

Pacific Alliance partners from Chile

Strengthening global Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET), NC continues to collaborate with partners worldwide to share best practices in creating world-ready and work-ready graduates. NC was recently awarded three new contracts for global development projects in Mexico, Chile and Colombia as part of the Pacific Alliance (PA) program, and will welcome delegates from Chile from October 26 to 30.

Throughout this three-year project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, NC will collaborate with the College of New Caledonia and Nova Scotia Community College as well as with local partners in Chile. NC will collaboratively provide technical assistance to three Chilean TVET institutions in the   electricity and energy efficiency sector, and an entrepreneurship program for women and indigenous populations will be developed.

The group visiting NC in October will consist of three Chilean administrators from its PA partner institutions in Antofagasta and Calama. The group will be led by the director of Centro de Formación Técnica de la Universidad Católica del (CEDUC UCN) in Antofagasta, Claudia Roman Araya; CEDUC UCN’s academic director, Maritzaida Rojas Astudillo, who oversees academic compliance and delivery of CEDUC UCN’s five campuses across Chile; and coordinator technical education representing the Association of Industrials of Antofagasta (AIA) and Don Bosco Antofagasta and Calama, Kissy Gutierrez Sotelo.

The group of college administrators will visit NC to learn firsthand about best TVET practices in the Canadian context and will potentially serve as a starting point to further develop TVET capacity at the local level in Chile, participating in a series of capacity building activities.

NC continues to welcome educators from around the world who join a growing global community of TVET educators who have chosen NC as an exemplar college of best practices.