February 23, 2005: Agreement expands international educational opportunities

      February 23, 2005
      Contact: Mitra Kiamanesh
      Tel: 604.984.1793

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—An exciting new partnership between the McRae Institute of International Management at Capilano College and Simon Fraser University will provide greater educational access to students in professional international studies from across Canada and the rest of the world

      The two institutions will work together to offer a dual credential post-graduate program with a post-baccalaureate diploma in International Management awarded from Capilano College and a Master of Arts in International Leadership awarded by SFU. Students enrolled in the College’s diploma program may receive credit towards SFU’s masters program.

      “This partnership will be mutually beneficial to both institutions and to McRae alumni who would like to continue working towards their master’s degree,” says John Potts, dean of human services and international education at Capilano College. “The joint agreement builds upon the strengths and quality of the McRae Institute’s programming and it recognizes the success of our alumni in the international field.”

      The Master of Arts with a specialization in International Leadership will be developed with a blend of academic work and practical training that will be made possible by an innovative institutional collaboration.

      "The unique mix of academic study and work experience in the field is invaluable in building a student's understanding of leadership in an international, cross-cultural setting,” says SFU president Michael Stevenson. “There is a great and growing need for academically trained professionals to provide leadership in developing societies, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Capilano College and the McRae Institute in taking this highly successful program to the master's level.”

      SFU will benefit from Capilano College’s strong connections with other parts of the world and with its well-established partnerships with other institutions such as China’s top university, Tsinghua, State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). McRae also has an agreement at the graduate level with two Euro MBA programs offered in English at L’Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales (INSEEC), situated in Paris, France.

      “Both SFU and Capilano College share a common goal of expanding the international educational and work experience for their students,” says Mitra Kiamanesh, chair of the McRae Institute. “This agreement will provide us with the possibility of reaching this goal more effectively and will offer our students a greater range of options for pursuing their education and careers.

      “We have worked closely with SFU for the past year and a half to develop the details of the arrangement and we will continue working closely together on refining the details of the implementation requirements and processes.” adds Kiamanesh. “It is anticipated that we will be prepared for the launch of the program by September 2005.”

      The McRae Institute of International Management is a centre of excellence, preparing global leaders to excel in business, non-profit and government sectors. The Institute was established in 2002 to provide resources for the continued growth of its core programs, the award-winning Asia Pacific Management Cooperative Program (APMCP), established in 1987, and the Latin American Management Program (LAMP), established in 1999. Designed to expand Canada's human resource capacity and networks in Asia and Latin America, graduates have gone on to successful careers in all sectors and industries throughout the world.

      The Asia Pacific Management Cooperative Program (APMCP) and Latin American Management Program (LAMP) are unique internationally-recognized graduate programs. They create a supportive community of well-trained, committed internationalists who form a management network and enhance Canada's global connections. Through their educational and professional experience, graduates acquire the competencies needed to succeed in today's economy incorporating areas of change management, leadership, flexibility and entrepreneurial initiative. Candidates for these two programs are selected from across Canada and around the world, bringing a range of diverse backgrounds to the classroom. The programs combine nine months of academic training in Vancouver with a one-year paid workterm placement with various companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies throughout the Asia Pacific region, Latin America and Canada.

      One of McRae's assets is the strength of its alumni network. To date, more than 500 graduates have been placed in Asia, Latin America and Canada. More than 80% of graduates have been offered extended contracts by their employers.

      For more information on the McRae Institute, call 604.984.4981, or visit its Web site at http://www.capilanou.ca/programs/mcrae/index.html.

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