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SIAST Graduates in Mauritius

SIAST Graduates in Mauritius

The first graduates in Mauritius received SIAST diplomas in Business Administration this fall.

Through a brokerage arrangement with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) and the Canadian International Training and Education Corp (CITREC), students in Mauritius can receive a valuable Canadian credential without having to leave their home country.

The diploma program is delivered by local instructors to fee-paying students.

The 13 Mauritian students who have received their SIAST diplomas qualify to further their education at Canadian institutions with which SIAST has transfer credit agreements. And upon graduation in Canada, international students may also qualify to seek permanent residence in Saskatchewan under the graduate category of the Saskatchewan Immigration Nomination Program (SINP).

SIAST has been offering the two-year diploma program in Mauritus, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, since 2009.

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CITREC University of Mauritius Sign CGA Partnership Agreement

University of Mauritius & CITREC sign Partnership Agreement

(L-R) Canadian High Commissioner to Mauritius, Her Excellency Adele Dion, CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi and UOM Vice Chancellor Prof Konrad Morgan during the Signing of Partnership Agreement. between UOM and CITREC.

The  Canadian  International  Training  &  Education  Corp  (CITREC) and the University of Mauritius (UOM) have signed a partnership agreement that will  ensure  that  UOM  graduates  receive  transfer  credits towards  their  study  of Canada’s Certified General Accountants Association certification (CGA) program.

This historic agreement signed between UOM and CITREC was witnessed by Canadian High Commissioner to Mauritius Her Excellency Adele Dion who praised the signing of the agreement between CITREC and UOM as a major step towards strengthening education partnership with Canada.

The agreement was signed by visiting CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi and UoM Vice Chancellor Professor Konrad Morgan.

In another major achievement by the UOM, as part of its agreement, CGA Canada in partnership with CITREC has  evaluated  UOM  degree  standards  and found  them  to  be substantially equivalent to Canadian degree standards.  As such an undergraduate  degree  from the  UOM  in  any discipline  is  recognized  by  CGA  Canada  as  having  met  the university degree requirement.

As a CGA policy, all students will be required to have a university degree that is assessed  as  equivalent  to  a  Canadian  university  degree.  UOM becomes  the  first University  in  Mauritius  and  the  first  in  the  Southern  African Development Community  (SADC)  to  have  reached  this  agreement  with  CITREC  and  CGA Canada. The degree from UOM may  be  in  any  discipline,  not  just accounting  or business. This degree combines versatile management education and core business skills that compliment CGA’s accounting and financial management professional studies. A student who does not have a university degree from an institute that is recognized by CGA Canada cannot graduate with the CGA designation, however the student can still enroll in CGA program and work towards receiving the degree.

“We all recognize the power of collaboration and look forward to the benefits that this productive relationship will provide to our respective organizations.  With our combined force, UOM students can look forward to international learning opportunities which will stand them in good stead for their future careers in the global accounting economy,” CGA Canada Vice-President International Lyle Handfield said.

Mr. Handfield said that CGA Canada works closely with tertiary institutions around the world ensuring students meet the association’s high academic and professional standards.

“Through our representative CITREC, this new agreement will provide Mauritian students with the opportunity to earn a prestigious university degree and internationally recognized professional accounting designation” Mr. Handfield said.

CITREC CEO Mr. Dwivedi said that as part  of  this  agreement, students  of  UOM  who  decide  to  pursue  the  CGA designation  will receive  multiple  course  credit  towards CGA’s  foundation  and advanced level courses towards their study of the CGA program.

“For the Foundation  Studies  (Levels  1  –  3)  of  the  CGA  program a  UOM  student who has graduated with a BSc (Hons) Accounting program will receive a number of transfer credits  towards  the  CGA  foundation  and Advanced Level study,” Mr Dwivedi said.

Mr. Dwivedi also announced the opportunity for the UoM to offer advance level courses by incorporating CGA curriculum into its current business program.

” I am pleased to offer this opportunity to UoM on behalf of CGA Canada,” Mr. Dwivedi said.

Mauritians  who  have  other  designations,  which  include  ACCA, CPA  Australia, CPA Ireland and OEC France, can also apply to receive CGA designation. The  CGA  Designation  is  recognized  throughout  Canada  and  around the  world. CGA  represents  a  network  of  more  then  75,000  members  who  are working  in Canada and around the world.

Kwantlen University, CITREC Sign MoU


Kwantlen’s President and Vice-Chancellor John McKendry (L) and CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi signed the MoU in a ceremony last week.

Canada’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Canadian International Training & Education Corp. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that opens doors for introduction of Canadian Education in the Solomon Islands.

Kwantlen’s President and Vice-Chancellor John McKendry and CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi signed the MoU in a ceremony last week.

In partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, CITREC will carry out an academic feasibility study in the Solomon Islands that will assist both parties in consultation with the Solomon Islands government to identify academic programs which can be offered.

“This is the first partnership between Kwantlen and Citrec, and we are excited about  the opportunities it will provide to students of the Solomon Islands” said Kwantlen President John McKendry.

CITREC CEO Mr. Dwivedi welcomed the partnership saying Kwantlen’s presence in the Solomon Islands will help build educational bi-lateral relations between both Canada and the Solomon Islands.

“  When you take a Country’s education to another Country, it is not only the curriculum that is imparted but also values, tradition and opportunities to those citizens of that country,” Mr. Dwivedi said.

Mr. Dwivedi said that through the establishment of a Canadian program students are presented with the opportunity to study in their home country and obtain Canadian credentials.

The Government of the Solomon Islands and the Canadian International Training & Education Corp. (CITREC) have an agreement that will see Canadian certificate, diploma and degree programs being offered in the Solomon Islands. As part of its partnership with CITREC, Solomon Islands will also include the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) emerit tourism program to be offered in a classroom setting.

Solomon Islands Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for Human Resources Hon. Dick Ha’amori has signed the agreement on behalf of the Solomon Islands government following Cabinet endorsement.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Honourable Danny Philip has welcomed Canadian  Educational Institutions to come into the country to provide Canadian Education to Solomon Islanders.

“This opportunity will provide internationally recognized qualifications at an affordable cost to the locals,” Prime Minister Philip said in a media statement.

Prime Minister Philip further added that with the Canadian qualifications Solomon Islanders have improved chances to compete in overseas job markets especially in Canada where such opportunities are known to exist.

Early this year, a senior ministerial delegation visited Canada in order to strengthen ties between the two countries. The delegation included Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka and Education Minister Ha’amori.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University was among one of the Universities that was visited by the Ministerial delegation. The visit was facilitated by CITREC.


CITREC CEO Welcomed in Alberta Legislature

The President and Chief Executive officer of CITREC, Mr. Ashwant Dwivedi was given a warm welcome into the Alberta Legislature by the  Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Hon. Jack Hayden. Mr Dwivedi met with senior Alberta government officials to discuss education opportunities. CITREC will be entering education and training partnership with Alberta based university  and colleges to export Canadian education into foreign countries.

Read more by visiting the Alberta Hansard report.

SIAST expands operations overseas

Post-secondary students in a growing number of countries are learning what has long been familiar to their counterparts in Saskatchewan – SIAST provides practical, career-focused education. Students in three countries can study for a SIAST diploma through brokerage arrangements, and the institute is negotiating with potential partners in two more countries.

Read official Media Relase by clicking the weblink below


(L-R) His Excellency Collin Beck, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Canada, His Honour Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Honourable Steven Point, Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Peter Agovaka, CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi and Solomon Islands Minister for Education,Hon. Dick Ha’amori during official lunch  fucntion at the Government House. The lunch was hosted by Government House in honour of the Solomon Islands delegations visit to British Columbia.

Office of Prime Minister, Honiara: The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Peter Shanel Agovaka and the Minister for Education and Human Resources Hon Dick Ha’amori completed a weeklong visit to Canada in partnership with CITREC last week.

The Ministers introduced Solomon Islands and followed up with the three Canadian Provinces, namely British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan on Labour, Trade, Education and Tourism Opportunities.

The delegation met and spoke with potential buyers of Cassava and Taro in British Columbia, held discussion with Canadian Federal Food Inspection Authority and met with educational institutions and the provincial tourism Bureau.

The delegation also explored labour markets in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Discussions were held with various Provincial Governments Ministers and authorities. Offers of long term arrangements were heard of which the Government is looking into the details in partnership with CITREC.

The visit was considered a success with visits now being planned by the Canadian Private sector to the country by potential buyers and more talks in country.

The two Ministers are expected to hold a press conference in Honiara on Friday 9th March, 2011.

The Ministers are pleased to return last Friday after touring in sub zero temperatures.

The temperature in Alberta was minus twenty-nine degrees Celsius and in Saskatchewan was below forty-one degrees Celsius.

Canadian Tertiary Interest for Mauritian students

20 Nov, 2010

The interest of young people to study in the field of Business Administration is bound to a variety of factors: accessibility of education, career opportunities, image of a manager in the company. Most recently, the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) and the Canadian International Training and Education Corp. (CITREC) signed an agreement to provide educational opportunities for Mauritians who wish to engage in chain Business Administration.
While visiting the island, Richard Wagman, Head of Business Administration Program, reports that “40 Mauritian students have enrolled to date,” adding that “we hope to attract 300 in the years to come.”

“Students wishing to continue their studies through SIAST will have the opportunity to do so, since we signed an agreement with the MITD and CITREC and SIAST,” said Richard Wagman. “We guarantee that as soon as graduates, students can apply for permanent residence permits and work in the province of Saskatchewan.”

The Head of Business Administration Program said that the courses are offered in Business Administration full time and part-time, and USD 1 500 1 400 USD annually respectively. It was in August 2011 that the first group of students will receive their diplomas.

Richard Wagman said that there are eleven lecturers at Knowledged Based Training Centre (formerly BAT), Port Louis. He reassured that they are all “highly qualified”. The Business Administration Program Richard Wagman said that institutions of higher education in Canada will soon offer other courses of study for Mauritian students.

Incentives Announced for Mauritian Students

10 Sep, 2010

Students taking the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Business Administration diploma at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) have opportunities to continue their studies in Canada. After graduating in Canada, international SIAST graduates may immediately apply for permanent residence to live and work in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan continues to grow and prosper, and opportunities for graduates remain very bright. Through Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program, international students who have graduated from an eligible post-secondary institution now immediately qualify to apply for fast-track permanent residency in Canada. Saskatchewan is proud to be the only province in Canada to offer this unique opportunity.

“SIAST provides access to a wide variety of academic and skills training options that ensure our students are well-prepared for the workplace or further study,” said Dr. Bob McCulloch, SIAST president and CEO. “Many of our programs are linked with degree programs. Graduates with both a diploma and a degree benefit from the strengths of multiple institutions while furthering their credentials.”

In addition to the opportunity to live and work in Saskatchewan, graduates of eligible programs from post-secondary institutions who choose to live in Saskatchewan are eligible for a refundable tax credit rebate of up to $20,000 in tuition fees over seven years. This means that graduates of SIAST’s diploma program in Mauritius, who are living and working in Saskatchewan, would be eligible for this program.

Last year, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) of Canada signed a partnership agreement with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD), formerly known as IVTB, and with the Canadian International Training & Education Corp (CITREC) to provide diploma courses in Business Administration. The program currently has 24 students enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis.

“The joint initiative between CITREC, MITD and SIAST to deliver quality educational programming abroad is a unique public/private initiative that will open the doors of discovery for international students, and show them the possibilities to be found in Saskatchewan,” said CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi.

Mr. Dwivedi said the program is a unique opportunity for Mauritians, “By enrolling in SIAST’s program in Mauritius you are not only obtaining a world- recognized diploma, but you are also gaining the chance to study, work, and live in Saskatchewan, Canada.”

MITD Chairman Ashvin Ramdin welcomed the opportunity for MITD students.

“The very fact that CITREC and SIAST are providing these potential new international opportunities to MITD students is in itself recognition of the professionalism of MITD and its quest in making people globally employable. It is equally a blessing for this triangular partnership which was signed between MITD, CITREC and SIAST. We will pursue this venture further and in this context, MITD has started talks with CITREC and SIAST to look into other educational possibilities,” Mr. Ramdin said.

For more information about SIAST’s diploma program, visit and Citrec. For more information about immigrating to Saskatchewan, Canada visit

Saskatchewan’s Tourism is Continually Growing

10 Aug, 2010

Saskatchewan’s tourism sector is continually growing and expanding. Ours is a dynamic industry with many opportunities for career advancement, professional development, and personal achievement.

Here we provide you with a snapshot of Saskatchewan’s tourism sector.

  • Saskatchewan’s tourism sector employs about 57,000 people – with about 20,000 supported entirely by tourism.
  • Travelers spent an estimated $1.634 billion in Saskatchewan in 2009, an increase of 2.9% over 2008.
  • There were over 8.9 million same-day and overnight or longer visits made within the province in 2009, an increase of 5.5% over 2008. Saskatchewan residents accounted for most of these increases. Our residents made more than three million overnight or longer trips in the province last year, an increase of 9% over 2008.
  • Saskatchewan also saw an increase of 13% in visits from the United States. It is believed that this increase was a result of the new direct flights from Chicago and Denver bringing in more visitors. United States entries by road continued to decline in 2009.
  • There was a decrease in both visits and expenditures from Alberta in 2009 as the Alberta economy contracted for the first time in a number of years. Overnight or longer visits to Saskatchewan by Albertans decreased 6% and their expenditures decreased 28% from 2008 levels. The recession in 2009 had a negative impact on travel by Albertans.
  • There was also a decrease in visits from Manitoba and other parts of Canada in 2009.

Source: STEC

Invest, work, study in Canada, Mauritians told

02 Apr, 2010

The immigration system of Canada is geared towards attracting skilled workers who will be able to contribute to the economy of the country. Therefore, there are more chances for handymen to secure employment than professional workers, says Adele Dion, the High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa with accreditation to Mauritius.

“Canada already has professional workers. Yet there is still a strong demand for qualified personnel to work in the Canadian economy as there are skill shortages in many sectors. Mauritians, being bilingual, have better chances than on other nationalities since Canada is also a bilingual country,” she says.

She warns that Mauritians should be prepared to work flexibly and have to be committed to advancing Canada’s dynamic economy. She points out that migrant workers have to adapt to the Canadian work culture to be able to stay there.

“Immigration to Canada has no fixed criteria and each province has its own criteria. Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada. Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects

immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec.

If you are a temporary foreign worker or a foreign student who graduated in Canada, you often have the qualities to make a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence; as you would be familiar with Canadian society and can contribute to the Canadian economy. Applying to stay in Canada can be done under the Canadian Experience Class,” says Adele.

“If a person applies to go to Quebec as a skilled worker, they must first follow a separate selection process before their application is finalised by Citizenship and Immigration. If a foreigner wishes to invest in Canada, the Business Immigration Program will be their point of call.

Canada seeks to attract experienced business people who will support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy. Business immigrants are expected to make a C$400,000 investment or to own and manage businesses in Canada,” she says.
She adds that Canada has three classes of business immigrants: investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons.

“Persons who emigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them. They are ready to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada,” she adds.


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