Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris was in Edmonton for the signing of a number of bilateral arrangements. These arrangements involve Saskatchewan, China’s Jilin Province and Guangdong Province as well as the University of Saskatchewan and Jinan University.
“We value and appreciate our relationship with China,” Norris said. “It is a partnership that is strong and growing. Today’s meeting is about creating more opportunities for our students and strengthening our relationship with China as well as our ongoing efforts to enhance Saskatchewan’s international education profile.”
The Ministry of Advanced Education signed two province-to-province arrangements. The first will renew the relationship on research, educational and scholarly exchanges as well as highlighting the 30-year partnership with the Province of Jilin.
The second arrangement with the Province of Guangdong will forge a new partnership in the field of post-secondary research, science and technology as well as promoting future collaborations through innovation.
As well, three arrangements were signed between the University of Saskatchewan and Jinan University located in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. The arrangements recognize past and future long-term activity while providing the opportunity to enhance ties between the institutions. The parties will explore opportunities to co-operate in various academic, research and scholarly endeavours in fields of mutual interest.
“Our government wants to attract more international students while increasing the number of Saskatchewan students studying abroad,” Norris said. “The Ministry of Advanced Education will focus on providing more international educational opportunities as well as fostering Saskatchewan’s growth in innovative research and educational excellence.”
On Tuesday, Minister Norris will participate in discussions with Ministers of Education and Post-Secondary Education from across Canada on Aboriginal education and skills training and on international education.