Rome, 21 November 2012 - Languages Canada, the association representing Canada's 186 accredited language education programs, and the Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents, IALCA, are proud to announce that they have concluded an important collaboration agreement.
This agreement, signed today by representatives of both associations at the Canadian embassy in Rome, ensures that the two groups will exchange information on best practices from both countries and both sectors, collaborate in the advocacy of advantageous policies, foster promotional activities, and uphold rigorous standards in their respective industries. These measures are a concrete example of how each association recognizes the importance of maintaining the highest standards of quality in their work in order to protect students, promote education, and create stronger ties between Canada and Italy.
Canadian Ambassador James Fox, who was hosting the signing ceremony, used the opportunity to make the following statement, "International students benefit from Canada's high quality education in a safe and multicultural learning environment, vibrant cities, beautiful spaces and exceptional standards of living. It is encouraging to see sector leaders in the respective countries take a proactive stance and collaborate so successfully with the embassy."
Languages Canada Executive Director Gonzalo Peralta also stated, "Languages Canada and IALCA are both trailblazers in their respective fields, so this agreement was natural for us. With Languages Canada taking a leadership role as a member of the Global Alliance of Education and Language Associations (GAELA) and IALCA as an active participant in the Federation of Educational and Language Consulting Associations (FELCA), we wanted to set an example with this agreement."
Pina Foti, President of IALCA, concluded when she said, "This agreement is only a beginning. It has provisions that state that our two associations must now put together a working group to reach specific objectives, ensuring that our agreement leads to a strong and vibrant partnership".
This signing ceremony took place as Languages Canada is concluding a trade mission to Italy, where representatives of Canadian language institutions have been exchanging with members of IALCA, other agents, stakeholders and embassy partners. Discussions are already underway to plan Languages Canada's return to Italy next year.
La Ialca, l'Associazione Italiana degli Agenti e dei Consulenti Linguistici (Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents) è stata fondata nel 1997 con lo scopo di fornire un valido punto di riferimento nell'ampio panorama dei corsi di lingue all'estero.
Languages Canada is the not-for-profit association that represents more than 185 language education member programs across Canada, which offer accredited English and French programs from both the public and private sectors.
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