A Travellerspoint blog

December 2010

NSCC in the Caribbean - Day 5

The highlight of the final day was the visit to Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NSCC and this institution. The MOU was signed by Monica Foster, Acting VP Admin at NSCC, and the Anthony Headley, Principal of SJPP. This document formalizes an already successful partnership between our two institutions. This event received significant media coverage in the local newspapers (front page news in next day’s edition) and on TV.

Prior to the MOU signing, Monica presented to senior SJPP officials an overview of NSCC, including recent developments and successes. SJPP hosted a networking lunch for the NSCC team as well as for some of the trade mission participants.

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Mr. Anthony Headley and Monica Foster signing the MOU; this event was witnessed by Dr. Patrick Rowe, Head of Higher Education Unit at the Barbados Ministry of Education.

Looking back at the recent trade mission this was one of the NSCC’s most successful activities in Barbados. We were able to establish many new linkages, as well as strengthen existing partnerships. In discussions with our partners we have identified many potential opportunities for various mutually beneficial activities, such as student and staff exchanges, joint programming, and capacity building initiatives. We look forward to working with our partners on future activities that will enhance international learning for students and staff at NSCC.

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NSCC in the Caribbean - Day 4

Day four of the trade mission started with a meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This is the only publicly funded medical facility in Barbados. The NSCC team met with the CEO of QEH, as well with the Heads of the Nursing and the HR Departments. During the meeting a number of capacity building issues were discussed and various potential training activities have been identified. As a result of this successful discussion a follow-up meeting with QEH officials has been scheduled.

Our next meeting was at the Ministry of Community Development & Culture. Our colleagues from Barbados expressed strong interest in programs related to music and music business. Despite many talented artists in this field, music is still considered by local society a past time and not as a potential profession.

Due to a large number of meetings scheduled for the rest of the day, our team divided into two groups in the afternoon. Two members of our group participated in a couple of meetings with senior officials at the Barbados Community College (BCC). NSCC has a very good relationship with BCCC and these meetings provided an opportunity to continue discussions around future partnership activities.

The rest of our group met with the Senior Trade Commissioner at the High Commission of Canada. The staff of the Trade Section at the High Commission has been very supportive of our past and current activities in the Caribbean. A big thank you to all of our colleagues at the High Commission. The purpose of this meeting was to brief the new Senior Trade Commissioner on some of our recent actvities and successes in the Caribbean.

This day ended with a dinner for all trade mission participants as well as the Canadian High Commissioner in Barbados and most of the staff from the Trade Section of the High Commission.

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