OTTAWA, February 4, 2016 – Representatives of Languages Canada, Canada’s national language education association representing more than 225 accredited English and French programs, attended initial strategic meetings with Technological Universities in Mexico this week.
The objective of the meetings was to identify the tools and mechanisms necessary to strengthen the teaching of languages in Mexican institutions and to create links between participating institutions.
The event was hosted by Ing. Hector Arreola, Director General of Technical Higher Education, Secretaria de Educación Publica (SEP – Ministry of Education), who is committed to the internationalization goals of Mexico’s technical and polytechnical universities and to expanding relations with Canada. Opening remarks were given by Mtro. Gerardo Lara Orozco, Rector of the Universidad Politécnica Metropolitana de Hidalgo and Pierre Sved, Coordinator of Academic Affairs, Embassy of Canada in Mexico. Representing Languages Canada were: Board of Director members Gabriela Facchini, Co-Chair of the International Affairs Committee (Sheridan College); Ernest Mulvey, member of the Languages Canada Advocacy Committee (Algonquin College); and Julian Inglis, Co-Chair of the Languages Canada Quality Assurance Committee (University of Guelph).
“Mexico is an exciting emerging market for Canadian language programs. With student numbers on the rise in recent years, this is the right time to collaborate with educational partners to enhance student mobility between our two countries and to support Mexico’s internationalization efforts,” explains Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada.
The meetings took place prior to Languages Canada’s trade mission to Mexico from February 3 to 4, 2016. Languages Canada and its member programs will be present in Santiago de Querétaro to meet and develop partnerships with key educational agencies from Mexico. Sixteen Languages Canada member programs are participating in this mission, made possible thanks to the support of the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations program.
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