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Sister City Success Story: Taiwanese Students Graduate from Aviation Program

July 24, 2008 – Students from universities throughout Taiwan will graduate from the first-ever Aviation Program developed from a Sister City relationship on Friday, July 25 at Confederation College's Aviation Centre (ACE Hangar) at the Thunder Bay Airport.

During the 2007 City of Thunder Bay Sister Cities Delegation visit to Keelung, Taiwan, delegates including Mr. Reg Jones, VP, Corporate Services - Confederation College, visited the Canadian Education Centre Network office at National Taipei University in Taiwan. The purpose of this visit was to present the benefits of Confederation College and Thunder Bay as a community, as well as information on the twinning of the cities of Thunder Bay and Keelung.

As a direct result of this visit, Confederation College was invited to bid on the provision of a four-week Aviation Maintenance training program, involving third-year students from different universities in Taiwan, including the National Formosa University. Confederation College was awarded the program and is pleased to hold its first graduation ceremony for the 16 participants. The program ran from June 27 - July 26, 2008 and students were housed in residence at the College. 

According to the Taiwan Program Coordinator, the program was initially intended to be run through Concordia University in Montreal, but was then awarded to Confederation College.

The summer 2008 program is running so successfully that discussions are already being held for another six-week program in 2009, which may potentially include a second group of students from Taiwan. A Letter of Intent will also be signed between Confederation College and the National Formosa University for a broader range of cooperation projects including student exchanges, specialized training and joint program offerings.

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Contact: John Hannam, City Clerk, 625-2238