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International Engagement and Partnerships

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Current partnerships and projects


Developing global educational partnerships allows Durham College to engage international communities and contribute towards strengthening technical and vocational education and training (VET) throughout the world.  In addition, these collaborations have enabled staff and students to learn about industry best-practice, gain a global perspective, exchange ideas and incorporate them back into the local curriculum.

By strengthening our international profile, Durham College is expanding our reputation as a well-rounded, welcoming and technically savvy institution who offers globally competitive programs that prepare graduates for the dynamic global workforce.

A global partnership to develop the skill-set of automotive electronics graduates in Guyana.

Durham College, in partnership with College of the North Atlantic and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, is working in collaboration with colleagues from the Government Technical Institute, Guyana, to develop a labour-responsive, Automotive Electronics Technician program.

Due to the increasing importation of modern automobiles in Guyana, it has been identified that the curriculum of local programs and skills of automotive electronics graduates are inconsistent with shifting industry requirements. The project aims to share experience and expertise in educational programs on a global level to help develop market driven programs that will produce graduates who are employable across the Caribbean region.

This will serve to strengthen instructional methods, building of technical skills, training and development of staff, strengthening environment and administrative management, with a strong focus on entrepreneurial and communication skills with attention to gender equality.

Through extensive consultation and collaboration with stakeholders, clear and obtainable project goals have been identified and include:

  • Strengthened capacity of Caribbean partners to implement learner-driven, competency-based delivery and assessment methods required to award the Caribbean Vocational Qualification and Standardization.
  • Strengthened capacity of Caribbean partners to develop a demand-driven Technical Vocational Education and Training program, including curriculum and sample lesson plans and learning materials to facilitate delivery of the program.
  • Increased skills of managers and administrators to lead and manage the technical program developed in the partnership.

The project is part of the Education for Employment in CARICOM, and is funded by the Skills for Employment initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Facilitated by Colleges and Institutes Canada, this project is one of 12 regional initiatives that are working to improve the standardization of the required technical skills and qualifications in relevant industries across the Caribbean.

For further information contact Katie Boone

Enhancing academic programs in gastronomy and culinary arts in Peru

Durham College, in partnership with Centennial College, is working with CEFOP – UO Trujillo II in La Libertad, Peru to support and enhance academic programming in gastronomy and culinary arts. The partnership will involve the exchange of knowledge, experience, and proven practices between Canadian and Peruvian stakeholders.

Using the successful experience of the Canadian colleges in building their culinary programs, the project will develop and implement a strategic plan that will focus on the development of capacity to enhance the existing programs of study using Competency-Based Education and Training methodology in curriculum development, instruction, and evaluation.

The project outcome goals include:

  • Development of a relevant framework for ensuring context-specific and demand-driven materials
  • Strengthening institutional and individual capacity
  • Development of an education and training program and associated learning materials

Durham College’s culinary professionals will work alongside the CEFOP’s Peruvian instructors to develop and implement new culinary techniques and teaching practices using new and existing technology. Working with local industry and engaging them in the development and implementation of new curriculum will assure that graduates have not only the highest quality of education but one that is relevant to the local job market.

Through this engagement the CEFOP – UO Trujillo II can build its profile within the community as a leader in training and innovation in the culinary arts. The project will include opportunities for administration to develop best practices in quality management, evaluation and accreditation, and capital investment management within an environmentally sustainable and gender equitable framework.

The project is part of the Andean Region Education for Employment, and is funded by the Skills for Employment initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Facilitated by Colleges and Institutes Canada.

For further information contact Katie Boone

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