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South West College facilities ‘fantastic’, says Canadian visitors

Thursday, 8 June 2017

South West College facilities ‘fantastic’, says Canadian visitors thumbnailA group of lecturers from Northern College, Canada, visited South West College and were shown around the Omagh Campus, visiting many of its specialist facilities. Included in the photograph is Malachy McAleer, (left), director of South West College.

SOUTH West College (SWC) recently hosted staff from Northern College in Ontario, Canada, a college with an international reputation in civil and environmental engineering at technician and graduate level.

The exchange programme is used to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between staff and industry in the UK and Canada, ultimately improving the understanding of industry requirements and, therefore, enhancing student curriculum and employability.

Aaron R. Klooster, from the Northern College, said: "Without doubt it has to be said that the facilities here are fantastic and the staff and everyone around are very friendly and pleasant. Irish people have a reputation worldwide for their hospitality and we can certainly vouch for that now having experienced it first hand.

We're looking forward to reciprocating this when we receive visitors from South West College to Canada."

The Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Programme offers opportunities for students to study and staff to teach or train in higher education institutions beyond Europe. It also makes the same opportunities available for staff and students from countries beyond Europe to come to participating colleges and universities in Europe.

South West College's current International Credit Mobility Programme includes partners from Canada, USA and Russia who have expertise in the areas of civil and environmental engineering and tourism education.

South West College has also received news that they have been awarded funding for a new International Credit Mobility project which will provide 22 SWC staff a chance to undertake training with international partners in China, Canada and the USA.

The international partners include The University of Calgary Canada, Xiangyang Vocational and Technical College in the Hubei Province of China, Madison College in Wisconsin and Wikes Community College in North Carolina.

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