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Media Release
Date: April 15, 2015

Camosun is one of a few select Canadian post-secondary institutes to be invited to enter into memorandums of understanding to develop educational partnerships with India's National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The MOU attests to Camosun's demonstrated expertise in sport education and expansive international network, and was one of 13 MOUs signed in Ottawa Wednesday in the presence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on his first visit to Canada since his election in India last year.

The MOU—a three-way partnership between Camosun College, Bow Valley College in Alberta, and NSDC—will help fulfill the NSDC mandate to create centres of excellence focused on skill development and entrepreneurship to increase capacity in India’s technical and vocational education and training. In particular, areas of focus covered under this MOU will lead to developing employable skills in: Sport Science and Technology; Sport Medicine; Sport Broadcasting and Communications; Sport Management; Sport Grassroots and Coaching, Sport Facilities and more. It is anticipated that upwards of 50,000 individuals will receive training in these and other sport-related fields over the next ten years under the umbrella of this MOU.

The NSDC delegation was led by CEO Dilip Chenoy, along with the Canada lead Rajiv Mathur, members of Indian Sector Skills Councils, and education partner institutes. Camosun was represented by John Boraas, VP Education and Geoff Wilmshurst, Director of Camosun International.

“The signing today represents the culmination of three years of meetings and visits to and from India through which Camosun has been able to develop a strong reputation in the education and skills sector,” says Geoff Wilmshurst. “Camosun has had strong success over that time in the recruitment of Indian students to Victoria. We now take the next step in the development of deeper educational partnerships that will enhance our reputation in India over the coming decade.”

“This presents an amazing opportunity,” says John Boraas. “As the biggest international memorandum of understanding ever signed by Camosun, in terms of scope, scale and opportunity, the potential it presents for faculty and students is immense. Camosun has a solid reputation for excellence in curriculum development, sport education expertise, and international education, and this MOU secures that reputation nationally and internationally on all counts. ”

Currently Camosun enrolls more than 1,100 international students, 120 of whom come from India, Camosun’s second largest international student source country. Through a combination of international enrollments, off-shore education and training programs, field schools and study abroad options Camosun International contributes to a diverse campus experience and enhanced global awareness for the entire Camosun community.

Media Contact

Geoff Wilmshurst
Director, Camosun International
Cell phone/text: 250-217-2364

L-R: Mark Butler, Bow Valley College Dean of International Education; Dilip Chenoy, NSDC CEO; John Boraas, Camosun College VP Education

Signing of the MOU; Mark Butler, Bow Valley College Dean of International Education; Dilip Chenoy, NSDC CEO; John Boraas, Camosun College VP Education

Last updated: April 15, 2015 12:06 pm

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