On June 4, Niagara College welcomed more than a dozen members from a leading educational consulting firm in China, Can-Achieve, as part of their Eastern Canada tour.
Hosted in partnership with Brock University to showcase postsecondary educational opportunities in the Niagara region, the delegation toured Brock as well as NC’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus and its Learning Enterprises.
An education marketing and student recruitment company based in Beijing, Can-Achieve International Educational Co., LTD has a national network, operating in most major cities in China. For more than a decade, the company has helped more than 20,000 Chinese students to study abroad.
The Can-Achieve delegation was received at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus by Howard Slaney, manager of international recruitment and admissions, and James Maur, regional international student recruitment manager of East Asia.
Their visit marked the first time many of NC’s Chinese partners have visited Niagara College. Zhao Bing, who works in Can-Achieve’s Beijing office, highlighted how visiting the College allowed for a greater appreciation of the beauty of the NOTL campus, including its flowers and greenery.
“Visiting Niagara College and touring the NOTL campus allows me to better inform students about their postsecondary decision and what they can expect at Niagara College,” explained Bing. “For me, a valuable part of the tour was being able to take my own photos to share with prospective students, as well as help to educate my colleagues that were not able to join us on our Eastern Canada tour.”
For NC’s educational partner Joey Jiang, visiting Benchmark was the highlight of the day as she witnessed first-hand the connection between the College’s programs and the application of the skills students gain during their studies, making the students job-ready upon graduation.
During the tour of the Learning Enterprises, the Chinese delegates were greeted at the greenhouse by first year Landscape Technician student Zijan Wang. While explaining his program to the delegates, Wang shared how he moved to Canada two years ago from Qinhuangdao, China, when he first enrolled in the College’s English as a Second Language program. Although Wang just completed the first year of his two-year program, he is already planning to continue his studies in NC’s in School of Environment and Horticulture after graduation by enrolling in the Greenhouse Technician program. This would be his third program at NC, making a Niagara College educational trifecta to achieve his dream of running his own business as a landscape designer.
When asked why he wanted to study in the horticulture program, Wang shared that he was inspired by his grandparent’s fruit and vegetable farm in China. As he is close with his grandparents, Wang said he commonly exchanges environmental and horticulture tips over the phone.
“I often share techniques and information I learn during my program with my grandparents that I feel could be beneficial to their farm in China,” shared Wang. “My grandparents also share tips that I can apply to my studies as well.”
By hosting NC’s educational partners from China, such as Can-Achieve, Niagara College is able to strengthen its image and impact in the country, helping more students like Wang be able to fulfill their dreams in Canada.