Sunderland College aims to go global

Janette Donjon is Sunderland College's new director of international development.
Janette Donjon is Sunderland College's new director of international development.
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The city’s college is going global with a new director.

Sunderland College has welcomed Janette Donjon as the new director of international development, in a bid to branch out in the global marketplace.

The newly-created role will see Janette aim to increase the college’s international student body, as well as to cultivate provision overseas.

Janette, who has a strong background in further education, said: “I am delighted to return home after five years working outside of the region.

“One of the things that attracted me to this role is the college’s investment in international development and its commitment to growing this strand of provision.

“One of my major priorities is to attract international students to the college, by developing a range of programmes to suit the requirements of foreign students, for example, growing our English language provision.”

The college already delivers courses with its partner organisations in Malaysia and Inner Mongolia, and is looking to other key regions in South America and Asia, where there is potential for growth.

In addition, the international team will be looking to expand its highly-successful annual summer school, which welcomes dozens of students from a partner school in China, by relaunching it as a multi-national event.

Janette, who is a director on the Enterprises Board of English UK, the world’s leading language teaching association, and is vice-chairwoman of the Association of College’s Latin America Group, will be working with other key partners in Sunderland to boost the city on an international scale.

She added: “It is a very exciting time for the college following the creation of our state-of-the-art Sports and Arts Academies and the current development of City Campus, our £29million flagship professional and technical campus in the city centre.

“The facilities and programmes we have at the college will be a major draw for students and this is something we want to capitalise on.

“Sunderland is a vibrant city with a lot to offer, both home and international students, and we want to play our part in promoting this on the world stage.”

Iain Nixon, executive director of commercial activity at the college, said: “Janette brings a wealth of expertise to the college and we are delighted to welcome her on board.

“In this challenging financial climate, particularly within the FE sector, it is vital for the college to find alternative options for income generation, and developing a strong international brand and strategy is an integral part of this.”