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Unique courses part of new continuing education program at U of T Scarborough

By Amorell Saunders N'Daw

Beginning in May 2007, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and the University of Toronto Scarborough will offer continuing education courses on the beautiful Scarborough campus for the first time ever.  For people living east of Toronto, professional development and continuing studies courses at Canada’s largest and most distinguished university are now even more convenient.

Excellent communications skills are in high demand by employers, and courses which are part of the popular Communication for Professionals Certificate, are part of the exciting weekend programs.  A course series to perfect your English with pronunciation and presentation skills is also new this spring. “We have such a strong community orientation that offering continuing education courses with the School of Continuing Studies is a very welcome opportunity to invite yet more members of the community to our campus,” said Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, Vice-Principal (Academic) & Dean, U of T Scarborough.

Community outreach and involvement are important to the University.  That is why its School of Continuing Studies, in cooperation with Sing Tao Daily Newspaper, has developed the Certificate in Canadian Business Management Essentials, the only university-based continuing education business program in Canada taught entirely in Cantonese.

The five-course certificate, now offered at University of Toronto Scarborough campus, covers the skills and strategies that are fundamental to the way business is practiced in Canada.  Cantonese is the language of instruction, however English-language materials are used in every course.  Course participants may submit their assignments and write their final exams in Cantonese or English.

“The School of Continuing Studies at U of T has been a pioneer in adult education.  We strive to respond to evolving and diverse learning and career needs and interests,” said Marilynn Booth, Director of the School. “We strongly believe that our mission to deliver leading edge programs, like this certificate, result from establishing mutually beneficial relationships with individuals, employers, community-based organizations, governments and other invested stakeholders” she added.

Sing Tao Daily is part of Hong-Kong based Sing Tao Newspaper Group Limited.  Sing Tao Daily is the oldest and largest Chinese daily in Canada.  “We are pleased to respond to this unmet need of providing solid business essentials to our community with Canada’s most established university,” said Louis Cheng, President of Sing Tao Canada.

The certificate requires successful completion of five courses, representing 150 hours of in-class time.  The courses are:  Financial Accounting, Business Law, Marketing:  An Introduction, Business Strategy and Organizational Behaviour.

Each course consists of 10 three-hour sessions so that learners can complete their studies in just three semesters.  Courses can also be taken on weeknights and Saturdays.  Courses are taught at U of T’s St. George campus.

Beginning in May, the certificate courses will be offered at U of T Scarborough to help increase accessibility for learners from communities east of Toronto.  The instructors combine academic credentials and practical workplace experience and are leading figures in the Chinese-Canadian community.

The Certificate was developed to target:  Cantonese-speaking business professionals working in Canada who want to advance their understanding of essential Canadian business, foreign-trained Cantonese speaking business professionals who intend to do business in Canada, Cantonese-speaking university or college graduates and Cantonese-speaking adults who want to improve their employment opportunities or begin new careers in Canada.

According to Statistics Canada, the Chinese community in Toronto is almost half-a-million and is expected to grow to more than 700,000 in the next 10 years.

Visit the School of Continuing Studies website at www.learn.utoronto.ca or call 416-978-2400 for more detailed course information.




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