Centennial College on mission to renew and strengthen education partnerships in South Korea

TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - A delegation of representatives from Toronto's Centennial College is in South Korea with the Ontario Business Mission to strengthen relationships with post-secondary education institutions and help promote Ontario, Canada, as a destination for students who wish to gain transnational skills and rewarding experiences in globalization.

Centennial hosted more than 860 students from South Korea at its four campuses in Toronto last year, and the Asian country is ranked as the third-largest source of international students for Centennial College. One of the college's biggest draws is its Aircraft Technician - Avionics program, which will expand significantly when Centennial opens its $72-million Aerospace Campus adjacent to Bombardier's Toronto manufacturing facility, where it assembles business jets.

Centennial College already enjoys a strong bond with numerous institutions in South Korean, including Yeongnam University, SNUST, Kwangwoon University, Kunkuk University, Induk University, Incheon University, Hanyang Women's University, Gyunggi University, Gacheon University, Duksung Women's University, Dongguk University, Donggang University, Danguk University, Chonbuk University, Chengju University and the Agricultural University.

In addition to strong ties with South Korean universities, the Canadian college opened its Samsung Tech Institute last year, the first such facility in North America. Students earn a unique qualification from Samsung Electronics Canada, which allows them to work as certified Samsung product technicians in the industry.

"Centennial College greatly values the partnerships it has forged with universities and corporations in South Korea, and looks forward to many more opportunities in the future," says Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College. "Students have been enriched by the experiences they have had in Toronto – the world's most diverse city – and I'm delighted to say we are bringing Canadian students to Korea."

Recognized as a leader in international education, Centennial received two gold awards of excellence for internationalization, bestowed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Last week, Centennial College won an Ontario Export Award for Services. Approximately one-quarter of Ontario's international students attend Centennial College, generating about $180 million for the local economy.

About Centennial College

Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario's first public college primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses.

It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. With enrolments of 20,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners, Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. It offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs in business, media, community and consumer services, engineering technology, health care and transportation.

Website: www.centennialcollege.ca

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information: For international media inquiries please contact: Virginia Macchiavello, Executive Director, International Education, Centennial College, VMacchiavello@centennialcollege.ca; Jin Li, Director, International Education, Recruitment & Special Projects, Centennial College, Telephone 18210861062; JLi@centennialcollege.ca; Media contact (Canada): Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000 ext. 7142, mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca

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