Saskatchewan Polytechnic opens new office in the Philippines

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Manila office will provide more opportunities for international students to secure a polytechnic education in Saskatchewan

November 28, 2022 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic opened an office in the Philippines capital of Manila to strengthen ties between the Philippines and Saskatchewan. The institution has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Central Philippine University that will explore international education and collaboration opportunities between the two institutions.

Sask Polytech and Central Philippine University, located in IloIlo, will look to share expertise with each other in areas of mutual interest. This MOU will also provide future international education and development partnerships, possible collaboration in applied research, capacity for joint delivery of programs and opportunities for students and faculty to study and teach abroad. 

“We are thrilled to open an office in Central Manila to expand partnerships and enhance engagement with prospective students,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “We are also happy to celebrate the collaboration between Sask Polytech and Central Philippine University and the ways in which we will work together to achieve student success. This partnership supports our internationalization strategy by creating opportunities for student and faculty mobility, to study abroad, for applied research and joint curriculum development.”

Both post-secondary institutions recognize that international mobility opportunities empower students and faculty to take advantage of international learning experiences and to develop skills such as problem solving, adaptability, resilience and intercultural competency. When students and faculty work and study abroad, they bring back skills and knowledge that benefit everyone. They bring back a fresh perspective to their classrooms, campuses and communities.

“CPU welcomes this exciting opportunity to partner with Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” says Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, CPU president. “As our institutions work together to further our mutual internationalization agenda, CPU looks forward to opportunities that will allow our students and faculty to pursue research and to participate in programs especially in areas that the university and Sask Polytech see as integral to achieving sustainability. CPU also extends our warmest congratulations to Saskatchewan Polytechnic for its newly opened office in the Philippines.”

Through the new office in Manila, Sask Polytech will continue to work closely with Filipino agents to recruit students to our campuses in Saskatchewan. Sask Polytech is a part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s Saskatchewan Agent Training Program. This program aims to ensure international students receive high-quality service from agents who are provided with Saskatchewan-based instruction and resources.

Sask Polytech has had a successful relationship with the Philippines since 2009. Sask Polytech currently has 179 Filipino students studying in Saskatchewan. These students are studying Continuing Care Assistants (CCA), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Business Administration and Culinary Arts. There is a large Filipino diaspora in Saskatchewan and Sask Polytech’s new office and partnerships in the Philippines is supporting Saskatchewan’s 2030 Growth Plan.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic is signatory to the SDG Accord. Sustainable Development Goal alignment is one of the ways Sask Polytech is leading the rise of polytechnic education.