Nov 17, 2017
Vancouver, BC – Langara College students Lucy Morrow and Willy Sin have been selected to participate in the India Connect Scholarship Program that launched on August 9, 2017. The India Connect Program is the first in a series of country-specific scholarship programs that are part of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s (APF Canada) larger Asia Connect Program.
Through this partnership, APF Canada and the Langara College Foundation will provide each student with a scholarship worth C$10,000 to assist them with their travel and expenses during the co-op placement at Optimus Information Inc. in India.
Lucy Morrow is a second-year Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing student who has previously travelled eight months through South East Asia. Lucy has a background working with the City of Vancouver as a lifeguard and in a local restaurant, but has never lived or worked in India before. She hopes to contribute her social media and marketing skills to the Optimus team.
“The India Connect Program gives me the opportunity to work with Optimus Information's industry leading clients in today's fast-paced and ever-changing business technology environment,” said Morrow. “Working at Optimus Information will be an incredible opportunity to expand my global network of contacts, jump-start my career in marketing, and better my understanding of how different countries conduct business.”
In 2015, Morrow travelled through South-East Asia where “[her] familiarity with life was completely disrupted, but I loved every second of it.” Since then, she has looked for opportunities to leave the comforts of home once again, immerse herself in an entirely new culture, push personal boundaries, and experience more of the world.
Willy Sin is a second-year computer science student. Sin also has his own front-end web development and IT support business, and has worked with local companies to improve their Google rankings, fine tune point-of-sale systems, improve security measures, and enhance digital menu systems. This will be Sin’s first co-op work term.
“I love to travel but I have never worked outside of Canada. This opportunity seemed very interesting because it combines something I love with something I’ve never experienced before,” said Sin. “This placement will help me better understand the niche that combines the tech sector in India with the tech sector in North America.”
Their four-month work placement in New Delhi, India begins in January, 2018.
About Langara College
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.
About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada’s expertise in offering solutions to Asia’s climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians’ general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.
The Foundation is well known for its annual national opinion polls of Canadian attitudes regarding relations with Asia, including Asian foreign investment in Canada and Canada’s trade with Asia. The Foundation places an emphasis on China, India, Japan and South Korea while also developing expertise in emerging markets in the region, particularly economies within ASEAN.
Visit APF Canada online at www.asiapacific.ca
Optimus Information provides expert services for application development, data analytics and software testing. Its model is designed to allocate the right mix of local and offshore resources in order to optimize expertise, speed, and cost. Optimus provides the ability to quickly add specialty skills to its clients' development teams without incurring long-term costs. This results in far better management of resource capacities and outcomes.
Visit Optimus Information online at www.optimusinfo.com
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