Chinese educational leaders experience “back-to-school” at SAIT
Calgary, AB — CEOs and vice presidents from Chinese technical and trades colleges are at SAIT this week as they begin a month-long Canadian study program.
Sixteen Chinese educational executive leaders are spending time in the classroom instead of the boardroom as part of the Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) program, an official partnership between the Government of China, through the Chinese Institute of Technology, and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).
"SAIT is proud to share the best practices and innovative models that have helped us become a global leader in applied education," says Dr. David Ross, President and CEO of SAIT. "We also know, as with any educational exchange, we will learn from our guests who are part of an impressive technology education system in China."
VELT participants will be at SAIT for the next two weeks, experiencing applied education just as SAIT students do, through a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Learning areas include governance, institutional planning, applied research, international operations, industry partnerships, faculty development, curriculum design and advancement.
"With a wide variety of programs, credentials from baccalaureate degrees to fast-track diplomas, and our state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, SAIT has developed a sustainable model for innovative applied education," says Dr. Ross. "Our industry partnerships, which help keep our programs relevant and our graduates job-ready, are of particular interest to our Chinese colleagues."
This month SAIT will also host a delegation from Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology (GDUPT), based in Maoming, a major oil and gas centre in China. This delegation will explore faculty and staff exchanges as well as opportunities for collaboration between the two institutes.
SAIT is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,400 part-time courses (including online and distance) that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as being one of Alberta's Top Employers, one of the top five research colleges in Canada and the Best Alberta Workplace for Training and Development.
The VELT program furthers China's reform of its Institute of Technology system by providing executive leadership development for Chinese institute administrators. Over five years, 100 administrators will go on intensive one-month study tours to Canada, Germany, Australia, Singapore and the U.S. through this joint venture with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). Previous Canadian study tours have visited Douglas College, Vancouver Island University, Centennial College and a consortium of Montréal Cégeps, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Collège de Rosemont, College of New Caledonia, George Brown College and Vancouver Community College.