January 3rd, 2017, Vancouver, BC: CIBT Education Group Inc. (“CIBT” or the “Company”) (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) is pleased to report the grand opening of the new Sprott Shaw College Surrey campus heralding the next generation of learning tools and technology. The 10,000 square foot open-concept campus located at 13678 – 100th Avenue in Surrey, B.C features a text book free, wireless learning environment with 24/7 log on capabilities. This optimizes the use of classroom space while allowing students to learn both on and off campus.
The new Surrey campus is one-third larger than the former location to accommodate a rapidly increasing enrolment of local residents. “We are firmly committed to providing Surrey residents the opportunity to reach their educational and career aspirations and provide meaningful jobs with the new campus,” said Sprott Shaw College president Patrick Dang.
In creating the new campus, Sprott Shaw also recognizes Surrey as a rapidly growing centre for international students and has seen a large increase in enrolment since the new campus was announced. Accessibility was a major consideration in locating the new campus within a three-minute walk from the King George SkyTrain station. “We have seen an explosion of international students with a two hundred percent increase between Q1 F2016 and Q1 F2017. This is coupled with continuing growth in the domestic student population,” observed Patrick Dang. “Surrey has become a hub for the education programs international students seek to gain the required skills necessary for building a future in Canada.”
Collaboration with universities in many world centres has resulted in a huge increase in international students wanting to study abroad taking jobs-based programs featuring practicums, internships and co-operative learning experiences with prospective employers.
An international office has been established inside the Sprott Shaw Surrey campus to specifically cater to the needs of international students, such as travel, accommodation and community information. The new Surrey campus offers courses delivered in morning, afternoon and evening classes with international students choosing business management, digital and social marketing as well as health care education options.
“Recent demand for healthcare graduates is now at an all-time high and our students are getting jobs at a faster rate in the healthcare sector than any other sector today,” commented Patrick Dang. “Our new campus has allowed us to optimize our delivery of programs such as practical nursing, healthcare attendants, early childhood care as well as social and community support worker training.” In an unprecedented regulatory decision, the health care attendant and practical nursing programs have been licensed for five years instead of one. This reflects high completion numbers and national exam pass rates for Sprott Shaw students.
“Students can expect to enjoy a campus that is conducive to higher learning and a rewarding experience while gaining relevant skills for meaningful jobs,” continued Patrick Dang. “Our robust curriculum and teaching support ensures all students receive the best opportunity to graduate and work in as little as six months.”
About CIBT Education Group:
CIBT Education Group Inc. is one of the largest education and student-housing investment companies in Canada focused on the global education market since 1994. Listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and U.S OTCQX International, CIBT owns business & language colleges, student housing properties, recruitment centers and corporate offices at 34 locations in Canada and abroad. Total annual enrollment for the group exceeds 8,000 students. Its education providers include Sprott Shaw College (established in 1903), Vancouver International College and CIBT School of Business. Through these schools, CIBT offers business and management programs in healthcare, hotel management, language training, and over 150 career and vocational programs. CIBT's property investments are owned by Global Education City Holdings Inc., an investment holding and management company focused on developing education related real estate such as student hotels, serviced apartments and education super centers. CIBT also owns Global Education Alliance (“GEA”) and Irix Design Group ("Irix Design"). GEA recruits international students for many elite kindergarten, primary & secondary schools, colleges and universities in North America. Irix Design is a leading design and advertising company based in Vancouver, Canada. Visit us online at www.cibt.net, www.studenthotel.ca, and watch our corporate video at http://cibt.net/about/
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