Today, BCIT celebrated the official opening of the Three Gorges Polytechnic University (TGPU) Banan campus in Chongqing, China. Although students move into the state-of-the-art facility this year, the TFPU will welcome hundreds of students in Fall 2017 to learn from BCIT-developed aviation and automotive curriculum.
The curriculum is equivalent to what a student would learn at a BCIT campus in BC, but has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of the growing aviation and automotive industries in China. BCIT has also been asked to deliver comprehensive teacher training to the Chinese instructors who will be teaching these rigorous courses.
“The Three Gorges Polytechnic University looks forward to becoming a leader in polytechnic education and a pragmatic training provider in China through partnering with BCIT,” said Yi Chen, Chairman of TGPU. “BCIT’s model of applied education will be critical for China’s economic development, supplying needed human capital.”
Announced in September of this year as part of the successful China trip organized by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, this partnership is recognized as especially innovative, given that a BCIT International diploma will be issued to successful students upon their graduation. This kind of credential gives whole new meaning to the phrase ‘world-class education.’
“BCIT is at the forefront of education and innovation, not only here in BC, but nationally and internationally,” said BCIT President Kathy Kinloch. “Through our partnership with Three Gorges Polytechnic University, BCIT’s unique applied education model will be preparing students for success in China and around the world.”
The TGPU partnership is the latest of over 20 successful international partnerships BCIT has cultivated around the world — including at public and private post-secondary institutes in Brazil, Chile, India, South Korea, and Vietnam. BCIT chooses its post-secondary partners carefully to ensure the same high-caliber, practical applied education is being delivered to all students, no matter where they live or study.
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