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Edmonton college pioneers student exchange program with the Dutch

Participants enthusiastic

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EDMONTON / ARNHEM - Four Dutch exchange students who took courses in childcare at the Grant McEwen College in Edmonton, Alberta, were the advance party to test what is fast becoming a successful student exchange program between a Dutch and a Canadian college.

The second group of students last Fall numbered seventeen and were Arnhem bound to follow an international course in Creative Arts towards Social Care. Ten Dutch students are presently attending courses in Edmonton and will be staying a year. Nine Canadians are studying at the Hogeschool Arnhem/Nijmegen.

Lecturers at the Grant McEwen College are impressed with the enthusiasm with which students have returned home to Canada.

By comparing educational philosophies and communication theories in an international context, the Edmontonians were able to form a broad perspective on the way cultural assumptions influence pedagogy, they said. The students did well as learners and eagerly shared their experiences with classmates and teachers.