SRUC Ventures to Guatemala to Explore Partnership Opportunities
Hannah Earle-Payne, programme and team leader of the Agriculture department, represented SRUC when visiting Guatemala on November 15 and 16.
SRUC ventured with Edinburgh College to visited key stakeholders to discuss developing English Language training as a way of advancing skills-based education in the country.
To mark their visit, the representatives of SRUC and Edinburgh College, said:
“Edinburgh College and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) greatly value our international partnerships and we are delighted to once again be visiting Guatemala to explore opportunities for further international collaborations. As government-funded institutions, Edinburgh College and SRUC pride ourselves in offering high quality technical education, English language training and teacher training to partners all over the world, and we look forward developing those collaborations and partnerships in Guatemala.”
The visits aim was to identify new opportunities in Guatemala, honing in on opportunities within the Agriculture sector. The delegation met key stakeholders from the private and public sectors, including Intecap, Inguat, Agexport, the Chamber of Agriculture and the Chamber of Industry, amongst others.
Both colleges concluded that there are a wide range of English language training opportunities particularly in new high-tech sectors. The UK has one of the largest shares of the English language global training market – approximately 35%. Other strengths of UK education are: a highly developed educational system, world-leading educational institutions with an international reputation for teaching and research, and a developed student finance system, as well as excellent opportunities for scholarships.