Motherwell based campus strikes exchange partnership deal with college in Canada

Motherwell has an exciting new link with Canada- after New College Lanarkshire teamed up with a similar seat of learning across the Atlantic that’s near a world famous landmark!

College bosses Mr Coote and Mr Clark

For NCL boasts a brand new partnership agreement with Niagara College in Southern Ontario.

And it's emerged a student and staff exchange project could be introduced in the coming years.

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A Zoom meeting sealed the deal as a Memorandum of Understanding was signed virtually between both colleges – where Iain Clark, NCL’s Vice Principal of Resources signed the pledge along with Sean Coote, the Vice-President of International at Niagara College.

Mr Coote said: “I believe this will mark the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership as New College Lanarkshire and Niagara College both support students in transforming their passion into a thriving career through an education deeply rooted in industry.

“This new agreement demonstrates Niagara College’s continued commitment to creating culturally and globally engaged staff and students.”

Iain Clark, NCL’s Vice Principal of Resources said that the Canadian college’s environmental outlook played a big part in forging the link – and that they would be looking to Niagara College for inspiration.

He stated that that this shared approach has inspired the choice of their first joint project – namely the creation of a formal award in sustainability, aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is hoped that the award will be launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP26 - in Glasgow in November.

Mr Clark added “Sustainability has been defined as one of NCL Strategy 2025 values and is a key focus for us in the coming years. We can definitely learn a lot from Niagara College as we look to embed sustainability principles into our culture here at NCL.

“As well as the award, we are looking at other ways we can collaborate in future, such as staff and student exchanges. In the meantime, we’ll examine ways we can work together virtually across faculty areas. We are really excited about the partnership, which we hope will be the beginning of a long lasting relationship.”

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