Students from Conestoga’s Architecture-Project & Facility Management degree program will have the opportunity to study abroad this fall in the historic city of Groningen, located in the Netherlands. The new exchange program has been developed in partnership with Hanze University and will be open to students in the third and fourth years of the program.
Students who participate in the exchange program will study at Hanze for either 10 or 20 weeks while earning credits towards the completion of their degree.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students,” said Professor James Bechard. “Students will be able to study different aspects of Facility Management while gaining valuable life, educational and international experience.”
The partnership between Conestoga and Hanze University was formalized in March, 2011. Thanks to the alliance, students who participate in the exchange program will not be required to pay additional tuition costs. Host schools will assist participants in finding suitable accommodation and settling in to their new environment.
“I am excited to study at Hanze,” said second-year student Yumna Nasir. “Not only will I gain international educational experience, but I will also be studying within one of the oldest European cities. The architectural value will be incredible!”
Conestoga’s Architecture - Project & Facility Management degree is the only program in Canada, and one of seventeen in the world, accredited by the International Facility Management Association. The program is focused on building strong foundations in architecture, construction, basic engineering and business, comprehensive insight into facility management and exposure to both liberal arts disciplines and practical applications for the business enterprise. Graduates are eligible to become Certified Facility Managers after 3 years of related work experience and writing the CFM exam.
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