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British Columbia and Vietnam foster collaboration on education
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British Columbia and Vietnam foster collaboration on education

The Saigon Times Daily

Canadian and Vietnamese leaders and scholars at the conference “The next generation of international academic partnerships: colleges in Vietnam, British Columbia and Canada” - PHOTO: COURTESY OF EMBASSY OF CANADA TO VIETNAM

HCMC - British Columbia Colleges (BCC), an association of British Columbia’s public post-secondary colleges, and the Vietnam Association of Community Colleges (VACC) have signed a cooperation agreement to promote the exchange of students and teachers between British Columbia and Vietnam and to advance the international education interests of both parties.

The signing ceremony was part of a conference titled “The next generation of international academic partnerships: colleges in Vietnam, British Columbia and Canada” co-hosted by the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) and VACC in Hue City late last month, which attracted hundreds of Canadian and Vietnamese leaders and scholars.

The three-year agreement will help facilitate cultural, academic, and business exchange among educational institutions and foster bi-lateral student and teacher mobility programs.

At the conference, BCCIE also launched the Vietnam-Canada Institutional Partnership Initiative, a platform for attending British Columbia and Canadian colleges and universities to partner with VACC colleges to support sustainability and transferability of knowledge, skills, and opportunities for collaboration.

Addressing the event, John Bowman, chairman of BCC and president of North Island College, said: “Our colleges are delighted to enter into a bilateral partnership with the extensive system of Community Colleges in Vietnam, represented by the Vietnam Association of Community Colleges. The agreement will benefit all parties through greater understanding, collaboration and exchange between our institutions.”

According to Randall Martin, executive director of BCCIE, the partnership represents an important step in advancing international education opportunities for students and teachers at British Columbia and Vietnam colleges. It signifies the commitment that BCC, BCCIE and VACC share in fostering excellence in international education.

The role of BCC is to work closely with businesses, government, and key stakeholders regarding partnership, investment, and public policy, and to facilitate collaboration between colleges so they can more effectively produce a well-educated and highly skilled workforce for British Columbia and its partners.

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