Saskatchewan Polytechnic signs new training agreement in India
Premier attends event; diploma supports immigration, further education
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall attended a formal event to mark the agreement signing, at which David Harvey, Saskatchewan Polytechnic associate vice-president, Business Development and Lt. Col. B.S. Sandhu (Retd.), president of CIIS, represented the two institutions.
“This agreement will benefit both students here and abroad, and will have a positive impact on Saskatchewan’s growing economy,” Minister of Advanced Education Kevin Doherty said. “It supports the Government’s goal of increasing our global partnerships through international education while helping meet our province’s labour market needs.”
CIIS will begin delivering the program in September 2015. Saskatchewan Polytechnic will be responsible for the program quality assurance. After Year 1, learners may be eligible to transfer to the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus for Year 2. Approximately 15 learners a year are expected to make the transfer.
“Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes the role international students play in helping to meet Saskatchewan’s future labour market needs,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO. “This agreement with CIIS is an expansion of our international programs we broker through partner institutions abroad. The demand for high-quality technical education is on the rise and we know that once these students have attained Canadian academic credentials, many will choose to put down permanent roots in our province.”
This is the second Saskatchewan Polytechnic program being delivered by CIIS. Currently, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business certificate graduates from CIIS can complete their Business diploma at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus. Upon graduation in Canada they may also qualify to seek permanent residence in Saskatchewan under the Saskatchewan experience category of the Saskatchewan Immigration Nomination Program (SINP).
Currently, eight Business students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic transferred from their first year at the CIIS campus in Chandigarh. Thirty students annually are expected to transfer to the Business diploma program in Moose Jaw starting in 2015.
The Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s partnership with CIIS is an important element of the organization’s internationalization strategy. International graduates with a Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential are exceptional candidates for immigration. International students have extraordinary initiative and are very motivated individuals. In addition, the Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential verifies that these international graduates have the competencies that will contribute to the success of Saskatchewan employers starting on their very first day.
“This program is a truly mutually beneficial partnership,” says Lt. Col. B.S. Sandhu (Retd.), president of CIIS. “The program helps build instructional capacity within India, increases accessibility to affordable internationally certified education and skills training in India, provides potential skilled immigration opportunities and will help to fill critical skills gaps in Saskatchewan.”
The agreement is also expected to provide for work and study abroad opportunities for Saskatchewan Polytechnic learners in Canada as well as international professional development opportunities for Saskatchewan Polytechnic faculty.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and CIIS expect an enrolment of 20 students in the Hotel and Restaurant Management program by September 2015.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.
Continental Institute for International Studies (CIIS), formerly known as the Canadian Institute for International Studies, has truly carved out a niche for itself as a provider of accredited international education that transcends the boundaries of inter-continental divides, thus preparing the right groundwork for students to become future global professionals. CIIS, in India, is a working partner of the reputed Georgian College Ontario, Canada; Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Canada; Winnipeg Technical College, Canada; Thompson Rivers University, Canada; Red River College, Canada; Sheridan College, Canada; and Waiariki Institute, Natcoll College, New Zealand.