NC partners with Paraguayan university


Left to right: NC chef professor Osvaldo Avila; Abbas Sumar, NC's associate director, Global Strategy; Emma Viedma, UPAP's director of Fashion Design programs and owner of Perriot Fashion House; Emma Paoli de Viedma, chairwoman of UPAP's Board; Leticia Villalba, NC graduate from Paraguay; Dave Taylor, NC's dean of International Partnerships.

Niagara College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Universidad Politécnica y Artística del Paraguay (UPAP), one of Paraguay’s leading universities, to support cooperation between the College and the University.

The agreement comes as Paraguay prepares to launch a new Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) strategy as part of the country’s ongoing higher education transformation.

“We are excited by the prospects of our partnership with UPAP,” said Abbas Sumar, NC’s associate director, global strategy. “This is a great opportunity for Niagara College to infuse its applied education model as Paraguay embarks on its journey towards education for empowerment.”

The MoU follows a visit to Niagara College by Paraguay’s former ambassador to Canada and the country’s current permanent ambassador to the United Nations, Julio Cesar Arriola-Ramirez, in January.

The new partnership will explore collaboration in applied health to address Paraguay’s aging population challenge, and serves as the starting point for further cooperation between the government of Paraguay and the College.

“We are pleased to be working with an NC alumna from Paraguay on this project,” noted NC chef professor Osvaldo Avila. “Thanks to Leticia’s Villaba’s dedicated support, Niagara College is now poised to play a role in transforming Paraguay’s education sector.”

Representatives from NC’s Global Strategy Unit will travel to Paraguay later this month to meet with UPAP’s administration and other officials across the country’s ministries and sectors.

The MoU was signed in April 2017.

-Submitted by NC’s International Division

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