Embarking upon an exciting educational adventure in ESL, 13 scholars from Panama have been welcomed as some of Trent University’s newest community members at the Symons campus.
Trent’s president and vice-chancellor Dr. Leo Groarke, along with staff and students from Trent International and the Trent-ESL program, congratulated the group of students at a recent on-campus event, for being selected to study at Trent by the Institute responsible for the Formation and use of Human Resources (IFARHU), a branch of the Panamanian government.
President Groarke’s remarks emphasized how the scholars will strengthen the ties between Trent University and the Panamanian government, noting that the program will also facilitate opportunities for Canadian students to learn more about Panama through scholarly, social, and community-based activities.
The students, who represent one of two groups from Panama who will study at Trent, will complete the Trent-ESL: English for University program before continuing their studies in a range of undergraduate degree programs at Trent, with each student receiving a scholarship for all years of study.
"This is an exciting moment for Trent, and for these students who have been waiting many months to arrive in Canada and begin this program in person,” said Glennice Burns, associate vice president of International at Trent. “We are thrilled for Trent to be recognized globally for our reputation and quality of programs by the Panamanian government and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Panama.”
Ariadna Gutierrez Diaz, on behalf of the IFARHU scholars, expressed gratitude to IFARHU for the opportunity to study in Canada, and to Trent for being so welcoming and supportive.
"The people at Trent University have welcomed us with open arms, and Trent and Peterborough are the perfect place to come to learn English and attend university,” said Ariadna.
The event was organized by the Trent-ESL program, and offered students a forum to meet the Trent International team, who support and provide programming and services to all Trent International students.