East meets west: Durham College welcomes Chinese delegates

Through partnership with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), Durham College was pleased to welcome six international Chinese delegates to its Oshawa campus for vocational education leadership training from June 8 to 22.

Consisting of presidents and vice-presidents from international colleges, these delegates were invited to learn about the post-secondary level of education; issues that the college has faced; and the policies and procedures that Durham has in place.

An interpreter accompanied the four male and two female delegates to their many scheduled activities as they expanded their knowledge in Canadian-style teachings, focusing mainly on student services cultivation and professional development for faculty.

These activities included gaining knowledge in school services such as strategic planning and governance; human resources, project and budget/financial management; internationalization; marketing and communications; strategic enrolment management; student services; and academic programs while showcasing the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment and the Whitby campus.

Delegates were also given the opportunity to experience culture off school grounds with a field trip to meet with the Region of Durham.

At the end of their tours and meetings where they discovered the many services offered by Durham College, each delegate was provided with a gift to commemorate their time at the school. 

“We were greatly impressed by (Durham College’s) education quality, its commitment to the community and industry and its focus on the student experience as well as the efficient leadership and the hardworking staff team,” said Zhao Ye, translator, on behalf of the delegates. “This valued experience not only deepened our understanding of the Canadian college education system but also offered a great opportunity of sharing and accessing best practices. We are more than excited to develop and promote the friendship and partnership with Durham College in the near future.”