The purpose of the visit was to strengthen existing partnerships and enter into new ones. The result of the visit exceeded all expectations, and VIA went back to Denmark with a number of new agreements.
“We expect the visit to have provided us with almost 20 new student exchange seats. We signed broad agreements that also include research and development, besides exchange. This way, all faculties gained something from the visit,” Tina Lisberg Bundgaard says. She is the Senior International Adviser, responsible of VIA’s focus on Canada.
Ground-breaking agreement with British Columbia
In Canada, higher education is organised individually in the provinces. Since 2013, VIA has been working on a cooperation agreement between the Danish University College sector and the province of British Columbia.
As a result of meetings between VIA and British Columbia’s Council for International Education (BCCIE), BCCIE will sign a contract with The Danish Agency for Higher Education.
“We expect the agreement to fall into place in the first part of 2016. This will create a solid platform for matching educational institutions in British Columbia and Denmark," Tina Lisberg Bundgaard says.
Ontario is joining in as well
In the province of Ontario, VIA has a strong cooperation with three universities; Humber College, Ryerson University and Georgian College, and VIA is now in the process of establishing a relationship with Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
“We recognise that exchange seats in English-speaking countries such as Canada are relevant to students from all faculties at VIA. That is why a focus on Canada is meaningful and why it is important for us to establish broad agreements, if possible”, Tina Lisberg Bundgaard says.
In March 2016, BCCIE's Director Randall Martin will visit Denmark, as well as a delegation from Kwantlen Polytechnic and Humber College will visit in May and Georgian College will visit in June.
Entered agreements in Canada:
Capilano University, Vancouver: A broad agreement was signed, initially with a focus on VIA Faculty of Education & Social Studies and VIA Film & Transmedia.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver: An existing agreement of four exchange seats for students from VIA’s technical and commercial programmes was endorsed by potential collaboration within research.
Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver: VIA signed an agreement with VIA Design and Film & Transmedia, aimed at developing a joined module among other things. The University holds a prestigious reputation within the field of design, and being a partner here might open doors at other universities around the world.
University of Northern British Columbia: Soon, VIA will sign a broad agreement containing specific sub-agreements for VIA Faculty of Education & Social Studies and VIA Continuing Education.
Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia: A broad agreement, which includes all four faculties at VIA, will be signed.
University of Victoria, British Columbia: The first meeting with one of Canada’s most well-reputed universities took place. The university is a strong player within research, and all of VIA’s faculties had bilateral meetings.
Camosun College: Here, focus was on VIA’s business programmes in relation to an agreement on student and staff exchange.
For further information, please contact:
Senior International Adviser
Tina Lisberg Bundgaard
T: +45 87 55 15 04