International student - staff exchange
2014-03-13 - ABB is committed to technology and skills transfer in our local communities. We recently contributed to an international student exchange with a technical vocational college from Khayelitsha in Cape Town to visit a similar college in Sweden as part of our commitment.
False Bay College is committed to exposing its students to a broad education and training experience and has actively pursued international partnerships to meet this objective. In 2009, False Bay College formed a partnership with Ebersteinska Gymnasiet, in Norrkoping, Sweden to support staff –student exchanges.
This exchange is funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and forms part of the Athena programme which is a programme for global exchange within vocational education and training. The programme gives pupils, teachers, school management and other teaching staff within upper secondary vocational education and training the opportunity for exchanges with developing countries.
Since 2009, eleven staff members and forty five students have participated in this exchange.
On the 28 November 2013, fifteen engineering students from our Khayelitsha and Westlake campuses and four staff members left South Africa to spend three weeks at Ebersteinska Gynmasiet Norkoping, Sweden. Nine of the fifteen students in the group are female which is a good reflection of the growing number of women accessing engineering programmes at our college. This was the first trip overseas for all the students. The college was appreciative of the very generous sponsorship by ABB for the branded jackets, caps, scarves and backpacks donated.
“The exchange offers staff and students an incredible educational experience, exposing them to the similarities and differences in educational methodologies but also deepening their understanding of different cultures,” said Colleen Hendricks, CEO False Bay College
“The experience gained from this exchange will have huge spin-offs for our students in terms of growing their understanding of vocational training, deepening their understanding of their own careers, raising their employability, and producing graduates that industry would be happy to employ,” concluded Colleen.