Over 150 Canadian Books, CDs and DVDs were recently donated to create the first "Canada Corner" at the Universidad de Talca during a ceremony that was attended by government officials, academics and students.
"Canada Corner" is a creative initiative from the Canadian Embassy in Chile, designed to reach out to university students and to expose them to Canada in various ways. The Canada Corner is located in the Universidad de Talca’s brand new international studies center.
The rector from Universidad de Talca, Mr. Antonio Juan Rock, was very grateful with the donation and thanked the Ambassador Sarah Fountain Smith:
“This event represents a further step on the internationalization of the University. The Canadian Corner will help the students in their efforts to be bilingual”.
This new Canadian library features books in English and French about subjects such as Politics, Literature, Geography, History, Culture, First Nations, among others. It also includes audio-visual material of Canadian films such as Black Robe, C.R.A.Z.Y. and Maurice Richard, as well as CDs from artists such as Rush, Nelly Furtado and Céline Dion.
Ambassador Sarah Fountain Smith was present for the opening ceremony and was proud of the Canadian contribution:
“This innovative Canadian Corner will provide useful information and increase knowledge about different Canadian topics among students and academics. At the same time, it will strengthen their second language skills, in English or French.”
The book collection also includes material which was donated by the Canadian Studies Associations in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia. A presentation was given to many students from Universidad de Talca, Universidad Católica del Maule and other institutions in the region on the advantages of “Imagine: Studying in Canada” and the scholarships and programs available to them.
In support of Canadian studies and the new “Canada Corner”, the Universidad de Talca organized an “Essay Competition in English” among eight schools on the subjects of aboriginals, climate change, commerce or tourism in three English speaking countries: Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
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