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Selkirk College Partners with Jamaican Arts School

International Exchange Could Start Sending Students in January

 

A new partnership between Selkirk College and the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Jamaica has opened the door for students to immerse themselves in Caribbean culture and creativity.

In October, an envoy of Selkirk College educators headed south to Kingston, Jamaica to formalize an agreement between the two post-secondary institutions. With a memorandum of understanding signed, the schools are now preparing to accept students into the exchange that will begin with the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program and then have the opportunity to expand into other areas of arts study.

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Selkirk College’s Pat Bidart (middle left) and Melody Diachun (middle right) had the opportunity to explore the programming at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Jamaica last month. The two schools have now signed a memorandum of understanding that will start to see students from both post-secondary institutions take part in a four-month exchange.

“We talk a lot about worldview and globalization, but Canadian students don’t tend to go abroad as much as other nations,” says Selkirk College’s Pat Bidart, the dean responsible for programs that focus on arts education. “This is especially true at the college level. One of the issues is that you have to find the right partner that is up to speed on what your outcomes are and this partnership just happens to be a perfect match.”

Students currently enrolled in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program now have an opportunity to apply for the exchange this January. For more information please contact Melody Diachun at mdiachun@selkirk.ca.

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