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University builds on international partnerships with new agreement

July 4, 2012
Dr. Singh (seated left) from Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy and Dr. Allan Cahoon President of Royal Roads University sign memorandum of understanding.

Victoria – Royal Roads University continues to build on its commitment to increase its international student population with the signing of a memorandum of understanding yesterday with an institution in Punjab, India.

Surrounded by students and staff, representatives from Royal Roads and the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy (SASA) came together in the Hatley Castle foyer to formalize a new international partnership that will encourage the progression of students from SASA to Royal Roads.

“The Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy is one of the best academies in India with students achieving very high academic standing,” said Cyndi McLeod, Royal Roads vice-president global advancement, marketing and business development. “The academy encourages students to gain a better understanding in global matters, peace and the environment and we are happy to begin a collaborative partnership with them.”

McLeod said the agreement builds on the university’s internationalization efforts. “Royal Roads has set a target for 1,000 international on-campus students in five years and this memorandum of understanding brings us another step closer to that goal,” McLeod said. “We look forward to enhancing student diversity on our campus and in our community.”

Dr. Sukhjinder Singh, director of SASA, said he appreciates the approach Royal Roads takes towards education and believes it will be beneficial for his students to study in Victoria. He said he is also looking forward to other opportunities that will enhance mutual understanding and co-operation between the institutions.

A group of students and staff from the academy toured Greater Victoria over the weekend and participated in some community events. “Fourteen of our students performed at your Canada Day cultural celebrations downtown,” Dr. Singh said. “We feel these types of activities are important for building an awareness and cultural understanding.”

The three-year agreement with SASA sets out expectations for the development of the partnership and the endorsement of programs, especially in areas of environmental sustainability, tourism and business.

This year, Royal Roads will welcome students from 26 nations. India is one of the institution’s key target countries for partnership.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.

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