CANADIAN UNIVERSITY TO OFFER COURSES IN SOLOMONS

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Canadian International Training & Education also involved

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, Aug. 31, 2011) – Canada's Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Canadian International Training & Education Corp (CITREC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that opens doors for introduction of Canadian education in the Solomon Islands.

Kwantlen's President and Vice-Chancellor John McKendry and CITREC head Ashwant Dwivedi signed the MoU in a ceremony last week.

In partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, CITREC will carry out an academic feasibility study in the Solomon Islands that will assist both parties in consultation with the Solomon Islands government to identify academic programs which can be offered.

Kwantlen Chancellor Arvinder Bubber witnessed the historic ceremony. "This is the first partnership between Kwantlen and CITREC, and we are excited about the opportunities it will provide to students of the Solomon Islands," said Kwantlen President John McKendry.

CITREC CEO Dwivedi welcomed the partnership saying Kwantlen's presence in the Solomon Islands will help build educational bi-lateral relations between both Canada and the Solomon Islands. "When you take a country's education to another country, it is not only the curriculum that is imparted but also values, tradition and opportunities to those citizens of that country," Dwivedi said.

He said that through the establishment of a Canadian program students are presented with the opportunity to study in their home country and obtain Canadian credentials. The government of the Solomon Islands and the Canadian International Training & Education Corp. (CITREC) have an agreement that will see Canadian certificate, diploma and degree programs being offered in the Solomon Islands.

[PIR editor's note: Members of the Solomon Islands government and Kwantlen Polytechnic University met earlier in February 2011 to discuss the now successful partnering between the two. Among the programs to be developed, nursing was an important matter, relating to both a need for qualified trained nurses in the Solomon Islands and a higher standard of training.]

As part of its partnership with CITREC, Solomon Islands will also include the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) tourism program to be offered in a classroom setting. Solomon Islands Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for Human Resources Hon. Dick Ha'amori have signed the agreement on behalf of the Solomon Islands government following Cabinet endorsement.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Danny Philip has welcomed Canadian Educational Institutions to come into the country to provide Canadian Education to Solomon Islanders. "This opportunity will provide internationally recognized qualifications at an affordable cost to the locals," Prime Minister Philip said in a media statement. Philip further added that with the Canadian qualifications Solomon Islanders have improved chances to compete in overseas job markets especially in Canada where such opportunities are known to exist.

Early this year, a senior ministerial delegation visited Canada in order to strengthen ties between the two countries. The delegation included Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka, Minister Ha'amori, as well as Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Canada, Collin Beck. Kwantlen Polytechnic University was among one of the Universities that was visited by the Ministerial delegation. The visit was facilitated by CITREC.

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