New Caledonia participates in Global Exchange Fairs in New Zealand [fr]
Two representatives of the University of New Caledonia (UNC), Joana Belo, head of international relations, and Jacqueline Thomas, head of UNC’s Language Resource Centre, are in New Zealand from the 28th of April until the 1st of May on the occasion of the 2015 Global Exchange Fairs (28th to the 30th of April.)
The Global Exchange Fair is an Australian initiative by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), with which six New Zealand universities are associated: Lincoln, Canterbury, Waikato, Auckland, Victoria and Unitec Institute of Technology.
The objective of the UNC representatives’ visit, following a mission which took place in March 2014, consists of meetings with:
- « International Languages Exchanges and Pathways » (ILEP), in order to finalise the 2015 bilateral cooperation programme intitled « Teacher Professional Development Languages » (TPDL). Initiated in 2010, this programme has the objective of training New Zealand teachers of French in linguistic and cultural immersion in New Caledonia. It is co-financed by the Cultural department of the Embassy of France, the Government of New Caledonia, the Pacific Fund, ILEP/Uniservices, and the University of New Caledonia;
- English Language Academy (ELA) of the University of Auckland, in order to renew the academic cooperation agreement with UNC, the UNC representing the only approved examination centre in New Caledonia for IELTS;
- the New Zealand and Australian universities present at the Fairs, in order to reinforce the attractiveness of UNC in New Zealand, notably in assuring the promotion of “Université d’été et d’hiver ” (Summer and Winter University) of « français langue étrangère » as well as inter-university exchanges;
- Victoria University of Wellington in order to participate in the Global Exchange Fairs, but also to initiate an academic partnership with VUW, a bilateral cooperation agreement which is currently being finalised.
Finally, in addition to meeting representatives of the universities present at the Global Exchange Fairs, Joana Belo and Jacqueline Thomas will meet Mrs Glenda Palmer, “National advisor for the promotion of French and France in New Zealand schools” of ILEP, and three representatives of the French Embassy in Wellington - Mr Raynald Belay, Cultural and Scientific Counsellor, Mr Yves Lafoy, Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand, and Mr Patrick Coustance, Attaché for French Language Teaching.