Oct 20, 2014
A delegation from Langara's Leadership Team, who accompanied Premier Christie Clark and Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk on a trade mission to India, returned to Canada this week after a successful trip focused on building institutional relationships on the subcontinent in support of the College's academic plan and strategic priorities.
College President Dr. Lane Trotter, Provost & Vice-President Academic and Students Dr. Brad O’hara, and Dean of International Education Ajay Patel travelled to India on October 9 as part of a provincial initiative to expand international trade, investment, educational linkages, and partnerships. The Langara group visited with officials in Chandigarh, New Delhi, and Mumbai, amongst other destinations, to explore opportunities for the College that will benefit both current and future students.
Part of the visit included a visit with representatives from the Royal Institute of Nursing (RIN) in Batala, one of India’s leading nursing institutions. Langara’s partnership with RIN, established on the premier’s trade mission in 2011, provides a unique opportunity for students in the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to complete their practicum experiences in communities in India through RIN.
As part of the mission Dr. O’Hara presented about nursing education in British Columbia and Langara at a health symposium and President Trotter delivered a session exploring collaboration between the province and India with regard to educational opportunities in industry and trade.
“India is home to a variety of important partnerships for British Columbia as a whole, and for Langara as an institution,” said President Trotter. “This mission has served as a chance to explore new opportunities and strengthen the relationships the College enjoys with our colleagues overseas, as well as an opportunity to explore new agreements that will benefit our current and future students.”
The trip also included activities aimed at increasing the number of international students from India at Langara. These activities included meetings with visa centre officials at the Canadian High Commission and Consul General in India, to brief them on some of the College's new programs, as well as liaising with officials in Chandigarh to explore establishing a new BC curriculum high school. The Langara team also participated in discussions with partners to keep us better informed of future credential opportunities in line with our new academic plan.
The India Trade Mission included representatives from over 70 BC companies and post-secondaries.
Langara's President Dr. Lane Trotter with Premier Christie Clark, Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk, and representatives from BC's post-secondary institutions.