Message from the Chair
Welcome to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), the united voice of post-secondary applied education institutions across the globe. We are representatives of colleges, institutes and polytechnics, united by the mandate to prepare students for complex professional roles in a changing society so that they can emerge as leaders and innovators in their chosen careers.
The Federation aims to be a resource for member institutions to meet their strategic national and international objectives, an international forum to facilitate the dissemination of the latest in applied education research, and a strong advocate for linkages and joint initiatives between institutions and with the business community.
New trends and challenges in applied forms of learning and in the job market are shaping the rapidly changing social and economic situation in many parts of the world and we can work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for tomorrow’s workforce.
The WFCP is headed by an international Board, representing the various regions and reflecting the differing educational structures and systems of its members. Colleges, institutes and polytechnics across the world are facing similar issues and can greatly benefit from collaboration in achieving solutions and sharing best practices.
I am pleased to announce that during our last meeting and retreat in April 2014 in Washington DC, the Board agreed to develop a strategic plan for the Federation for the next four years. In this new phase, WFCP will focus on increasing:
- knowledge sharing among members, developing and implementing international research and innovation projects;
- developing initiatives to further the recognition of international credentials and the equivalency of diplomas among participating countries;
- enhancing the capacity development of member institutions; and
- continue to advocate and promote the applied higher education sector worldwide.
I am looking forward to welcoming you at our next World Congress! Under the theme Global Partnerships: Building a Better Future, the 2014 WFCP World Congress will take place at the China Conference Centre in Beijing, China, from October 24th-26th, 2014. The WFCP conference will bring together leaders of the applied higher education system to discuss the latest trends, topics and development in this sector.
I invite you to explore our website and the benefits of the Federation and become a member of WFCP!
President & CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly ACCC)
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WFCP Board meeting in Washington D.C. April 3 2014
From Left to Right: Yannick Cabassu (WFCP), Zong Wa (CEAIE), Li Yang (CEAIE), Denio Rebello Arantes (CONIF), Denise Amyot (WFCP Chair), Paul Brennan (ACCC), Claudia Schiedeck (CONIF), Alice Blayne-Allard (AACC), Michael Chipps (AACC), Whayne Wheeler (AACC), Armando Pires (CCISP), Peter Holden (Tafe Directors Australia), Bernard Lachance (ACCC), Joaquim Mourato (CCISP), Veronica Rangel Barreto (CONIF)