It's almost time for ICEF Berlin! PIE President Duncan MacLeod will be attending participating in support of the Wolf Creek International Learning Program. For more information on this industry-leading event, visit the ICEF website. For updates from the event, check back here or stay tuned to PIE on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Did you know that international education services, as measured by total spending by international students, is one of the Canadian economy's largest export earners? International education services generate more value for Canada than lumber, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, or LNG. And it doesn't stop there! In addition to creating jobs for Canadians, international students generate additional value by enhancing classroom environments and creating learning opportunities in our schools. It also provides for a strategic and mutually-beneficial pathway to immigration for students who begin their journey to citizenship in Canada through our classrooms, alongside our students, and with our teachers as their mentors and guides.
International education benefits Canada's economy and society in a way and at a level few Canadians understand or appreciate. It is at once our most renewable resource, leverageable commodity, and accessible conduit to influence global thinking and impact our planet's future.
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First of all: our apologies! We do most of our newsworthy updating via social media, not our website. As a result, we're way behind. To catch you up on some of our more significant MOU-related activities this year, we have posted the photo above from our March trip to Guangzhou in support of the largest-ever delegation of Canadian students, teachers, and administrators to visit China under the province-to-province MOU-relationship between Alberta and Guangdong. The delegation was honoured to be welcomed to South China by the Canadian Consulate.
Pictured are teachers and administrators from Wolf Creek Public Schools, senior staff from AQG Education, Consul General Rachael Bedlington, and PIE President Duncan MacLeod. For more information on this historic exchange trip, check out this article from the Lacombe Globe.
Since then, there has been more MOU-related activity for WCPS. PIE was involved in two welcome events for groups of Chinese students arriving to Alberta for programs in WCPS schools: a summer program in July for students from Liwan Education Bureau and a fall program in September for students from Dongfengdong Road Primary School. Another program is scheduled for November, once again from Liwan Education Bureau.
A campus for Purcell Collegiate, a long-term partnership for PIE! Following a near-unanimous vote by the membership, PIE finalized an Option to Purchase agreement with the Kimberley Golf Club in June. Once executed, the agreement will provide PIE with a world-class location for the campus of Purcell Collegiate on 21 acres of land on the current site of holes 6, 7, 8, and 9. In return, PIE will build four new holes for the golf course and engage a long-term relationship with the club that will ensure a mutually-beneficial future for both the golf course and the school. More information: Kimberley Bulletin.