TRU gets funding for program with Indian college
Thompson Rivers University has received $117,720 for its collaboration with Madras Christian College in Chennai, India, for international social work practicum placements. It’s one of 37 Canadian university projects awarded funds as chosen by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada for its Students for Development program funded by CIDA.
The TRU-Madras Christian College project builds on an existing agreement between the two institutions, said Julie Drolet, bachelor of social work field education worker at TRU’s School of Social Work and Human Science. “It aims to enhance international learning for social work students at TRU by undertaking international practicum and public engagement activities for academic credit in India, and to pilot practicum placements for Indian students in Canada, while working to secure the future of children and youth,” she said.
The project will see 12 senior bachelor of social work students from the TRU and Madras do international field placement. Social work interns will work in child and family oriented organizations that deal with health, nutrition, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS in children and youth.