In mid-April, Vanier College signed a project agreement and held a reception to officially welcome a group of ten Libyan students who are coming to Vanier as part of a joint international project between John Abbott College, Vanier College and Unitas World Inc. a Quebec company.
The students, all employees of Akakus Oil in Libya, arrived in Canada last December and spent their first months in Montreal working on their English language skills at John Abbott College. And from now until mid-November, 2014, they will be at Vanier College studying Instrumentation and Automation in the Industrial Electronics Department.
Stephanie Hygate, Coordinator of International Students and Projects, John Abbott College; Michel Godon, intermediary for the project; Angelo Marino, President of Unitas World Inc.; and Khaled Ichtanchany, the Libyan Coordinator of the project, accompanied the Libyan students to the Vanier reception and the signing of the agreement between John Abbott College, Vanier College and Unitas World Inc.
The Vanier College welcome committee included Director General, Norman W. Bernier; Academic Dean, Peter Ross; Michael Sendbuehler, Dean of the Faculty of Careers and Technical Programs; Judy Macdonald, Coordinator of International Education; Louise Robinson, Coordinator of Industrial Electronics, as well as Industrial Electronics teachers and other members of the Vanier community.
“This promises to be an exciting pilot project with benefits to all involved,” says Michael Sendbuehler. “While the Libyan students will gain additional knowledge of instrumentation and automation they can apply to the oil industry, Vanier DCS students will have the opportunity to meet these mature students who are already working in the field and applying Industrial Electronics’ theory in their sector. This will give them additional insight into the real-world applications of what they study in class.”