Royal Roads first on island to receive Chinese training certification

Doug Ozeroff
Dr. Steven Chen (left), Chief China Representative for Royal Roads, accepts Training Channel certification from Mr. Lu Ming, Deputy Director General of SAFEA on March 4, 2014.

Royal Roads University has received a coveted Chinese certification as part of its international program expansion, becoming the first Vancouver Island post-secondary institution to do so. The Training Channel certification means Royal Roads joins an elite list of qualified organizations offering educational training opportunities in Canada for citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

“This designation is significant because it not only legitimizes our standing with this important global partner, it recognizes our expertise in engaging adult learners,” says Cyndi McLeod, vice-president global advancement, marketing and business development for Royal Roads. “Being a certified Training Channel allows us to expand our collaborative work with China to build and deliver high quality customized education for its citizens, especially in the areas of leadership, emergency management, tourism management, environment and sustainability.”

“The application process is very rigorous and with only 15 approved Training Channels in Canada and 301 in the world, there is a lot of competition,” says Connie Chan, director of Royal Roads’ Asia Operations Office. “Not everyone who applies receives the certification.” Chan added the process required many meetings with officials over the course of a year. “The authorized delegate who came and reviewed our application was obviously quite satisfied with our outstanding faculty, our successful training programs and the beautiful natural setting.”

McLeod says this opens the doors to expanding the university’s customized training including programs like the award-winning Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management. In that program existing school administrators from China spend time learning in both their home country and Canada, developing the knowledge and skills required to function as effective leaders within complex and sometimes challenging educational environments.

Overseas training for citizens of the People’s Republic of China is regulated by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) through its Certificate Training Channel program. Funding for training is provided by SAFEA and available to government and public sector offices, educational institutions, state-owned companies and organizations and non-profit organizations.