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British Ambassador in Panama visits Oatridge

Published Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 in Study at SRUC news

Dr Ian Collard at the left of the picture and David James at the right flanking the group.

SRUC's Oatridge Campus recently hosted a high profile diplomatic visitor – Dr Ian Collard, British Ambassador in Panama.

The Ambassador was visiting the campus as part of his trip to the UK to support the Panama Bilingual initiative.

Currently, Oatridge is hosting a group of 16 teachers from Panama for a bespoke eight week English and agriculture programme in collaboration with Edinburgh College. The Ambassador pointed out that Scotland and Panama enjoy similarities such as having two main cities and a great deal of rural areas. Highlighting this it is the fact that many of the teachers in the programme come from the vast hinterland at both sides of the Panama Canal.

Dr Collard believes that there are significant opportunities for collaboration between SRUC and the Panamanian Government due to the integrated approach that SRUC offers with Education, Research and its links with industry.

During his time at Oatridge, Dr Collard visited the working farm and the workshops that host regularly short courses and training for sector clients.

Commenting on the visit, David James, Head of Education Division, said: “We are delighted to have our first Panamanian group on this programme at SRUC and we hope for many more to come. The British Ambassador in Panama’s visit couldn’t be a better way to mark the occasion.”

Photo caption: Dr Ian Collard at the left of the picture and David James at the right flanking the group.

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