Upcoming event: 10th edition of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Collaboration mission

November 6, 2017 – Senior officials of 17 post-secondary institutions, from 13 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, will visit Canada from November 13-22, 2017 to develop stronger ties in education.

In this 10th edition of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Collaboration mission, the delegation will visit polytechnics and universities in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax. As the main theme of this year’s event is the use of new technology in support of the environment, the delegation will visit institutions that offer programs in environment and its related areas (including clean technology, green building, climate change, sustainable energy, ecological restoration, etc.).

The delegation will also take part in networking events and educational activities and attend the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s (CBIE) 51st Annual Conference. CBIE is a national bilingual not-for-profit organization that administers many programs of Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program (ISP) and the organizer of the ELAP Collaboration missions.

This year’s delegates are from 13 different countries: Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Uruguay.

About the Collaboration mission

The Collaboration mission is a key feature of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program, one of Global Affairs Canada’s Student Exchange Programs (SEP), that offers over 450 scholarships per year to pursue short-term study and research exchanges at Canadian colleges and universities. In the past five years, over 3,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty members and professional staff, from post-secondary institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, have benefited from SEP scholarships.

Highlights from Collaboration missions

Between 2009 and 2016:

  • Close to 200 participants from 35 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • A total of 85 signed agreements between Canadian and Latin American and Caribbean institutions; and
  • Close to 1,800 SEP scholarships awarded to students, faculty members and professional staff as a result of Collaboration mission partnerships.

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