In 2016, the College signed an agreement with the Ministry of Defense in Peru, which later led to an agreement with the newly created Armed Forces Public Technological Institute of Peru (Spanish acronym is IESTPFFAA).  

The first phase of Fanshawe’s signature six-year project with IESTPFFAA has finished this month with the issuing of dual credentials to 315 graduates from five technical academic programs: industrial mechanics, information sciences, civil construction, automotive mechanics and industrial electronics. The program also included professional development training for 15 academic leaders and 60 faculty and support staff.

The curriculum mapping exercise and quality management activity involved the participation of the College’s Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) team, both in a virtual and face-to-face capacity. Dee Morrissey, curriculum consultant said, “I’ve enjoyed my work with our Peruvian partners immensely over the years. Our two visits to Lima, in particular, were among the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my career at Fanshawe, for both professional and personal reasons.”

Fanshawe College has created a positive impact in the TVET education sector in Peru and are nurturing long-term relationships with this country. In the words of Colonel Juan Ricaldi Rodriguez, head of degrees office from IESTPFFAA, “The agreement with Fanshawe has been very useful for our nascent Educational Institution. On the first hand, being the first Institute of the country that was created and immediately having an International Cooperation Agreement with a highly prestigious Canadian educational institution. Secondly, capacity building for our leaders and faculty has made a paramount difference in terms of institutional management.  Lastly the international dual credentialing for our students leaves them with a competitive advantage when reaching the labour market.”

Fanshawe is currently negotiating a new agreement with IESTPFFAA to provide educational management services for three new technical careers, training for faculty and leaders, as well as support for the development of an enhanced student services model.