Foreign groups visit Olds College

Olds College gained an international flavour in recent weeks, with groups from France and Latin America visiting the campus.

Olds College gained an international flavour in recent weeks, with groups from France and Latin America visiting the campus.

A French Ministry of Agriculture delegation, which included representatives of the ministry and institutions, toured the college and discussed opportunities for partnership, exchanges and joint research in agriculture and forestry, said a release issued by Olds College.

The other group consisted of representatives of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program. ELAP is a short-term student exchange program that provides scholarships for students from the Caribbean and Latin America for studies or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

“Olds College has had three sets of ELAP graduate students, a total of 10 students, at the Olds College Centre for Innovation in the last three years, and I think this visit will positively affect the growth of ELAP at Olds College,” said J. Pablo Ortiz-Hernández, co-ordinator of international engagement in the international and business development department at Olds College.

Jason Dewling, vice-president of academics and research at Olds College, stressed the importance of such visits.

“Sharing ideas and philosophies will allow for future development of programs and methodologies of both Olds College and those we collaborate with. Our reputation as a world class agricultural and research institution has allowed for us to cultivate these partnerships, which we believe will continue to grow in the future.”