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College formalizes pact in Vietnam 'to open new possibilities'

Georgian has international student population representing 83 countries speaking more than 35 languages; 'We welcome this opportunity to engage with our international community,' says president
Georgian College president and CEO Kevin Weaver, right, signs a memorandum of understanding with Khoi Nguyen Investment Group (KNI) in Vietnam to advance internationalization and innovative global partnerships, alongside Thao Trinh, deputy general director and member of the KNI board. | Image supplied

Georgian College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Khoi Nguyen Investment Group (KNI) in Vietnam "agreeing to open new possibilities in an innovative global partnership."

Georgian has an international student population representing 83 countries speaking more than 35 languages, according to a news release. The school says it is committed to expanding diverse markets through offering market specific programs, innovative partnerships, and expanding mobility for staff and students.

“We welcome this opportunity to engage with our international community as these relationships are vital to diversification in support of our global Georgian community,” said college president and CEO Kevin Weaver. “This MOU aligns with Georgian’s internationalization strategy to focus on global engagement and innovative partnerships.

"KNI is focused on academic quality and ensuring a positive impact on communities and their economy," he added. "Their vision for post-secondary education in Vietnam aligns with the core strengths of Georgian.”

KNI continues the Canadian education legacy of its predecessor company Khoi Nguyen Education Group (KNE), which has a rich history of developing top quality education projects across Vietnam, including the Canadian International School Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, and the first and only accredited Alberta Offshore School in Vietnam situated in Lao Cai City of Vietnam.

KNI’s newest project has been working to collaborate with partners to bring various levels of Canadian college programming to Vietnam.

“We are delighted to share that through this conference KNI has officially established a relationship with Georgian College, one of the esteemed Canadian colleges to be our prospective partner,” said Thao Trinh, deputy general director at KNI and a member of the board of directors. “Both parties are committed to bringing a high-quality vocational college program to Vietnam.

"We share the vision of meeting labour demands and shortages in both Vietnam and Canada and through this MOU, we are proud to continue working towards this great social and educational cause," Trinh added. "This year also marks the 50th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Canada, so I believe that there is no better way to start this relationship.”

Both Georgian and KNI say they will co-operate on international education, specifically exploring opportunities to build capacity as they establish an international college in Vietnam, with the objective of aligning a high-quality vocational college programming with flexibility of studying locally and internationally.

Georgian and KNI will continue to review opportunities and areas of potential co-operation including program areas of interest, curriculum alignment, equipment and infrastructure as it pertains to KNI’s plans to build a state-of-the-art campus.