On Friday, May 16th 2014, a delegation from Acsenda School of Management travelled to Victoria, the provincial capital, and visited two educational institutions. The group consisted of three faculty members and seven students, most of whom visited Victoria for the first time. The group met promptly at 7:15 outside the school and headed on a van provided by Acsenda to Tsawwassen for an enjoyable ferry ride to Vancouver Island.
After arriving at Swartz Bay, the first stop of the trip was at Royal Roads University (RRU), where the group was greeted by Timothy Kituri, Program Manager of the Masters of Global Management (MGM), and Andrea Torres, Education Advisor at RRU and an MGM-graduate herself. During a casual lunch in the castle, the group was visited by former dean and current Acting Vice-President of Global Advancement, Marketing and Business Development at RRU, Dr. Pedro Márquez. During his brief visit, Dr. Márquez discussed the origins of the MGM program and students had the opportunity to have their questions answered. The meeting was followed by a short tour of the campus.
Next, the group headed to Stewart College, one of the only locally-owned, fully-accredited English-language training institutions in Victoria. Owners Kristina and Randy Stewart received the delegation; they also explained their programs and their plans for the future. This visit was the first after Stewart College partnered with Acsenda to further the education of ESL students pursuing a degree in Canada.
Following this meeting, the group had the chance to visit the historical downtown of Victoria for a few hours before heading back to the mainland. Throughout the day, the weather cooperated to make this a memorable and very pleasant trip.