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Release Date: November 25, 2019

Representatives from colleges, institutes and universities in the Philippines are currently visiting Camosun College to learn more about an integrated learning approach, best practices and creating seamless pathways for students.

The delegation hosted jointly by Camosun College and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) includes 11 colleges, institutes and universities as well as representatives from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines.

The week-long visit from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28 follows a trip to the CBIE Education conference in Winnipeg and is the cornerstone of a six-month capacity building program that also includes planned visits to other Canadian post-secondary institutions. This training program falls under the CBIE –CHED Canada Philippine Educational collaboration agreement that aims to increase partnerships between the nations.

“It’s a great honour to host post-secondary leaders from the Philippines and share the experiences of Camosun as an educational leader,” says Geoff Wilmshurst, VP Partnerships with Camosun College. “Camosun educational leaders have met with our counterparts in the Philippines this past year and we have explored opportunities for cooperation with Filipino institutions. This visit provides us with an opportunity to reciprocate the famous Filipino hospitality and further discuss post-secondary avenues for co-operation with the Philippines.”

The delegation is meeting with a number of departments from Camosun College including educational services, student support, Indigenous education and learning services.

“Colleges in British Columbia offer students a seamless pathway between post-secondary institutions and allowing them to transfer credits and advance their education,” says Dr. J. Prospero de Vera, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education.

Post-secondary institution represented from the Philippines include: Pamantasan ng Lungsod nq Pasiq, University of the Philippines – Visayas, Samar State University, North Luzon Philippines State University, Marikina Polytechnic College, Kolehiyo ng Pantukan, Tanauan City College, Siquijor State College, Makilala Institute of Science and Technology, Cavite State University and Caqayan State University.

Camosun College has more than 2,100 international students from over 80 different countries.

The Philippines is transforming itself from a mostly agricultural-based economy to one based on services and manufacturing. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and the Philippines was approximately $1.98 billion in 2016. The sectors ranged from information and communications technology, infrastructure, aerospace, defense, clean-tech and education.

Camosun College is one of the latest colleges in British Columbia with campuses located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Established in 1971, the college serves 19,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree, post-degree diploma and continuing education programs.

The CBIE is the national organization dedicated to the internationalization of education and the expansion of educational partnerships between Canada and countries around the globe. CBIE’s pan-Canadian membership comprises 150+ colleges, institutes, cégeps, universities, school boards and language schools.

Media contacts:

Rodney Porter
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Camosun College
250-889-7494 | communications@camosun.ca

Dr. Prospero de Vera, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, is welcomed to Camosun College by Geoff Wilmshurst, VP Partnerships with Camosun. Dr. de Vera was part of a delegation of higher education representatives that are visiting the college to learn more about an integrated learning approach that would benefit post-secondary institutions in the Philippines.

Dr. Prospero de Vera, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, is welcomed to Camosun College by Geoff Wilmshurst, VP Partnerships with Camosun. Dr. de Vera was part of a delegation of higher education representatives that are visiting the college to learn more about an integrated learning approach that would benefit post-secondary institutions in the Philippines.

Last updated: December 2, 2019 11:07 am

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