New agreement offers Aruban students opportunity to study at Niagara College

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Pictured: (front row left to right) Aruba’s Minister of Education and Family Affairs Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar and NC’s Director of International Sean Coote. (Back row left to right) Canada’s Senior Trade Commissioner, Ada Luz Rodriguez of the Canadian embassy in Venezuela; and Aruban NC graduates Aleida Hector, Lenford Thomasia and Brian Kock.

Niagara College and the government of Aruba have signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing a partnership that will position Niagara College as one of the island’s preferred international post-secondary institutions.

Under the agreement, the Aruban government will provide student loan opportunities for Aruban students to study at Niagara College. The College and Aruba’s Ministry of Education and Family Affairs will also explore vocational programming and student mobility opportunities.

NC’s director of International, Sean Coote and Aruba’s minister of education and family affairs, Michelle Hooyboer-Winklaar, signed the MOU last month with three Aruban NC graduates and senior trade commissioner Ada Luiz Rodriguez from the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela also present at the event.

Niagara College has welcomed over 150 students from Caribbean countries, including Aruba, with this number expected to climb as a result of the formal agreement.

-Submitted by NC’s International Division

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