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The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP): An engaging force Yannick Cabassu Member Engagement Coordinator WFCP World Congress 2012 Halifax, Nova Scotia World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics WFCP Objectives • To be a forum for members to learn from each other and to share ideas and information on the roles they plan and the mechanisms and programmes they employ to fill these roles. • To be a resource for members in meeting their national and international objectives. • To be an advocate of colleges, polytechnics and similar learning institutions by raising awareness of their contribution to human resources development and the role they play in the development of society in general and the economy in particular. • To promote the development of linkages between members and the international business and learning community.
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics MEMBER ENGAGEMENT • Eligibility for membership: • Associations representing Applied Education and/or Technical Education and Training Institutions at the regional, national, or cross-national levels • Institutions • Affiliates • Associates
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Members Worldwide
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Accomplishments • Six international conferences • Promoted a few exchanges and partnerships among members • Growth in membership • New members on the Board (China, Mexico and Brazil) • More interactive and user friendly website • New Communication/Engagement Strategy • New WFCP Coordinator (2 days per week) • BUT need more than 2 days per week!?
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Birmingham 2010: Key recommendations to pursue • • • Expand membership globally Become a voice for our learners Set up affinity groups (e. g. : applied research) Support countries in need to upgrade their systems Seek corporate sponsors Global Advocacy with key agencies (UNESCO) and international funding agencies like the World Bank or Regional banks, and development agencies.
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics IT’S YOUR FEDERATION! • WFCP is a member driven organisation: its success depends on the participation of each member • Needs to grow in order to become a player able to influence the higher applied education sector on a global stage. • Work together to develop strategies that better represent Colleges and Polytechnics worldwide • Establishment of a permanent Secretariat
A VISION FOR OUR FUTURE • Understanding our members better in order to better serve them • Priorities for Secretariat? • Principal values/benefits of WFCP membership? • WFCP’s role in leadership and innovation? • WFCP’s role in addressing employability issues and opportunities within your country/region? • Benefits/opportunities to participating in the WFCP global network? • What affinity group/task force would you like to join? • General visions for WFCP?
http: //wfcp. org/ WFCP booth – World Trade Convention Center (WTCC) on the 2 nd floor