Niagara College welcomed more than 50 global partners from over 20 countries as part of the College’s annual Study in Niagara Familiarization (FAM) tour, from April 28 to May 1.
Developed in partnership with Brock University, the District School Board of Niagara and Tourism Partnership of Niagara, the tour invites global education agents to tour our institutions, learn about the region, and meet faculty and staff.
The participants of the FAM tour assist prospective students with learning about the Canadian education system and provide essential services to help them navigate the processes required to arrive and study in Canada. Much like a travel agent, this group of education marketing specialists visit the schools they promote to learn about the institutions, discuss best practices, and gain an experience to share with prospective students. The knowledge participants gain about NC services, supports and programs allow them to better prepare students for their transition to studying at the College and living in Canada.
In addition to the College’s services, campuses and facilities, the FAM tour allows participants to experience, on a very personal level, what makes Niagara College, its community, and the Niagara region, so unique and attractive.
“The 2019 Study in Niagara Familiarization Tour is one of the many College initiatives that supports and engages NC’s academic and industry partners throughout the Niagara Region, who in turn, support Niagara College students,” said director of International, Sean Coote.
An International Breakfast was an opportunity for participants to learn about NC’s innovative programming and rich student life from staff and faculty in NC’s Schools of Study, International department, and Student Services.This mix and mingle opportunity included a brief and structured period of time to allow for international participants to ask questions directly to NC’s academic areas. Campus tours provided another level of depth, with information about specific programs and a chance to see the applied learning environment first-hand.
“NC has successfully hosted FAM for over six years and with each year, we look for ways to improve our global partners’ experience and best showcase the Niagara Region,” said Eric Jin, recruitment manager of South East Asia. “This year we were pleased to have further strengthened our collaboration with the Region’s academic partners, Brock University and the District School Board of Niagara, to allow for a more holistic representation of educational opportunities for a diverse student population.”
The College’s growth in diversity and the strengthening of its global recognition is complimented by awareness campaigns through annual events such as the Study in Niagara FAM tour, as Niagara College continues on its path to become Canada’s leading global college.
Staff and faculty are invited to extend a warm Niagara College welcome when NC’s educational agents are touring the campuses helping make Niagara College’s global partners feel at home.