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Northern College partnering with Chinese vocational college

Timmins school welcomed a delegation from China last week after establishing a partnership for the two schools to work together in 2015.
Pictured (from left) are: Cathy Long, associate professor and translator of Henan College; Yanzhao Wang, director of scientific research and international office of Henan College; Guanglin Cheng, director of academic office of Henan College; Wanyi Su, president of Henan College; Fred Gibbons, president and CEO of Northern College; Audrey Penner, vice-president of academic and student success of Northern College; Dean Lessard, associate dean of business and community services of Northern College; Pierrette Fortier, executive assistant to the president and board of governors of Northern College; and Debbie Nankervis, assistant to the vice-president of academic and student success of Northern College.

Northern College hosted four delegates from China’s Henan Economy & Trade Vocational College at the Timmins Campus on Nov. 11. The delegation visited the college to further the development of their partnership that has seen Northern College offer programs at Henan College since September 2015.

Henan College, which has over 20,000 enrolled students, was founded in 1960, in Zhengzhou City. With nearly 10 million residents, Zhengzhou is a rapidly growing city of Henan Province in east-central China.

The delegation from Henan College, which was led by president Wanyi Su, met with a team of Northern College staff, including president and CEO Fred Gibbons.

“We’re very excited to be collaborating with Henan Economy & Trade Vocational College to achieve our common goal of providing high-quality education for learners in our communities,” Gibbons said in a release.

“The international joint venture partnerships that we’ve established are a shining example of our vision of how success for all can be achieved through learning and partnerships.”

Northern identified Henan as a partner institution due to a strong alignment in programming at both institutions, particularly in the areas of business programming. The joint venture partnership between the institutions has seen two Northern College programs delivered in English at Henan College: business accounting and business marketing.

All Northern programming offered at Henan features identical curriculum to what Northern offers in Canada. Students who enroll in a Northern College program at Henan are registered as Northern College students and will earn an Ontario-based Northern College diploma upon graduation.

The agreement also provides opportunities for student exchanges and faculty training. Northern College students attending Henan College have the opportunity to study and Chinese faculty members have the opportunity to receive training at one of Northern’s campuses.

Students have the opportunity to study and faculty members have the opportunity to receive training at one of Northern’s campuses.