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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 13, 2013- A senior English Montreal School Board (EMSB) delegation recently returned from a mission to China.

The EMSB was represented by Regional Director of Adult Education and Vocational Services Cosmo Della Rocca, Deputy Director General Roma Medwid, St. Pius X Culinary Institute Principal Alice Sideropoulos,   Rosemount Technology Centre Principal Harry Michalopoulos, Laurier Macdonald Career Centre Principal Lino Buttino, Shadd Business Centre Principal   Silvana Crigna and EMSB International Recruitment representative Cindy Yao    

Aimed at expanding the Chinese market with the international dossier, the itinerary for this mission was both, productive and extremely challenging. The delegation visited 10 cities in 15 days, including Hong Kong, Foshan, Kaiping, Beijing, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Guang Zhou, Yangzhou and Shanghai. They had the opportunity to showcase EMSB programs at two educational fairs in Beijing and Shanghai, which were well-attended by prospective students. 

The majority of the time was spent visiting vocational training centres and meeting with educators, parents and future students.  “We were very well-received by all of the vocational centres in China,” said Ms. Sideropoulos.  “They wanted to show their gratitude to the EMSB for offering them the possibility of pedagogical and exchange ententes.”

“What impressed me the most was the sheer volume of students that are in one vocational training centre,” added Mr. Buttino.  “One Centre had 12,000 students.  We were able to learn from the organization needed to run such a large staff and student body.”


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213