VIA initiates a passage for a new Danish-Canadian collaboration

VIA initiates a passage for a new Danish-Canadian collaboration
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at VIA University College on 9 March 2016. Executive Director, Randall Martin from British Columbia Council for International Education (right). Harald Mikkelsen, Chairman for University Colleges Denmark and President at VIA University College (left). 
VIA has initiated a passage for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Canada and University Colleges Denmark.

In the future, students and staff at VIA University College will have strengthened their possibilities for cooperation with Canadian educational institutions in Canada’s third largest province, British Columbia.

An MoU has been signed to formalize collaboration between University Colleges Denmark and British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) based on VIA International’s close collaboration with BCCIE since 2013.

In Canada education policy falls under the portfolio of the provincial governments of the 10 provinces and 3 territories and not under the federal government, as is the case in Denmark. BCCIE is a provincial Crown Corporation committed to supporting the internationalization efforts of the Province of British Columbia’s public and independent K-12, public and private post-secondary and language schools.

“Experience tells us that such an agreement in itself is a door-opener to universities in Canada’s provinces and a strongly supportive factor in the establishment of academic agreements with the universities,” states VIA’s president and Chairman for University Colleges, Mr Harald Mikkelsen.

The MoU, which the Danish Agency for Higher Education has been involved in, focuses on cooperation on mobility and internationalization promotion activities.

The Memorandum of Understanding includes:

  • To regularly exchange knowledge and experience. 
  • To initiate common projects in order to develop academic cooperation such as joint research, teacher training and faculty and student mobility.
  • To develop the collaboration between the Danish and Canadian educational institutions and their local and regional business community.

Facts about the Canadian educational policy:

Until recently, Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories have had diverse approaches to the international focused university collaboration because of the decentralized organization of the education policy.  With the recently launched International Education Strategy, Canada’s provinces and territories gather in a common effort in general internationalization activities and the recruit international students. This strategy is closely related to the Danish strategy for the same effort, so the passage seems clear for a dialogue on educational collaboration between the two countries.