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Internationalization is a complex term, interpreted and used in different forms and areas. For some people, it means a series of activities such as the academic mobility of students and teachers; the creation of international networks for the development of academic and / or research projects. To other people it means the multilateral transmission of education and culture between two or more countries or cities, using face-to-face or remote techniques. In addition, it means inclusion into an international, intercultural and/ or global dimension within the curriculum and the teaching-learning process. Internationalization is all this and more.

At ITCA-FEPADE we have begun to work for the institution internationalization. We have already begun to facilitate the opportunities so that our students and teachers can have a complementary, academic, and cultural experience to their professional training, which allows them to leverage their skills to face the global environment.

ITCA-FEPADE is looking for partners from community colleges in the United States, Canada and Latin America who are interested in develop short-term exchanges for students and faculty. Specially those exchanges that provide the students a cultural experience complementary to their academic and professional training.

  • In 2015, ITCA-FEPADE and Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, U.S. signed a MOU to promote short-term cultural exchanges for students and faculty. Since then, we have developed cultural exchanges in both ways. See Student mobility
  • In 2018, we have signed another MOU with Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR). It is planned to start working the first semester of the year.
    1. Kylie Buscemi y Shawn Berhel, from Global Studies at Northampton Community College, visited ITCA-FEPADE for 2 weeks, on May 2017. They visited Santa Tecla Headquarters, La Unión Regional and Santa Ana Regional having the opportunity to interact with the students of some careers.
    2. Víctor Alfonso Melara Chávez and Sergio Enrique Alfaro Rivera, both are Mechatronics Technician students from Santa Tecla Headquarters; they held an exchange at Northampton Community College in November 2016.

    3. . Sasha Abdalla and Jake Massey, from Global Studies at Northampton Community College, visited ITCA-FEPADE for 2 weeks, in May 2016.
    4. María Esmeralda Claros Torres, student of Logistics and Customs Engineering of La Union Regional, held an exchange from January to May 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.; in the framework of the UGRAD Global Program.
    5. A delegation integrated by 10 students and 2 teachers from Northeastern Illinois University visited El Salvador in July 2015 to exchange experiences with their fellow students from ITCA-FEPADE and another ones from the following Higher Education Institutions (HEI):
      Universidad Católica de El Salvador, Universidad Tecnológica, and Centro Cultural Salvadoreño Americano.
    6. Gustavo Ernesto Navarrete, Mechatronics technician student ,and Johanna Fabiola Belloso, from the technical career in Industrial chemistry, both from ITCA-FEPADE Santa Tecla Headquarters, made an exchange trip to Northampton Community College in October 2015.
    7. Andrés Pérez, student of Engineering in Electronics and José Trejo, of Mechatronics Engineering, participated in an exchange experience at Northeastern Illinois University, United States of America, for a 2 week period in November 2015, traveling together with other representatives of Salvadorans Higher Education Institutions.
    8. Oscar Ernesto Romero Viera, a student from La Union Regional, obtained the SUSI Scholarship “I build equity”.
    9. The students Brendalys Verónica Palma, Mechatronics and Gerson Obed Pinto Castro, of Computer Network, both from Headquarters, Santa Tecla; and Daniel Cruz, Hospitality and Tourism, La Unión have represented our institution in October 2017 at Northampton Community College thanks to the Student Mobility Program. This experience have enriched their professional training at ITCA-FEPADE.
    1. Engineer Christian Guevara, Director of Santa Ana Regional Center, participated in the workshop called “Technical Professional Education “, organized by CEPAL in the City of Santiago de Chile, from November 29 to December 1, 2016.
    2. Engineer Ricardo Guadrón, Lilian Sandoval, Carlos López, and Rina López, from the Schools of Electrical Engineering and Computing, from Central Headquarters, participated as speakers at the XXXVI CONCAPAN convention in Costa Rica, from November 8 to 12, 2016.
    3. Engineer Walter Ramírez of the Dual School, received the Experts of Industrial Mobile Robotics Training, at SENA of COLOMBIA, from October 24 to 28, 2016.
    4. Engineers Ovanio Humberto Avalos, Luis Emir Reyes, and Cesar Armando Interiano, from the Dual School, received training in Industrial Metrology, at METRÓLOGOS ASOCIADOSMETAS, MEXICO, from September 19 to October 2, 2016.
    5. Jaime Nathan Castro, teacher at the Dual School, from Santa Tecla Headquarters, received training from Welding Experts – Word Skills Americas at SENAI-WSA-LINCOLD ELECTRIC, BRAZIL, from August 22 to 26, 2016.
    6. Eduardo Antonio Amaya, teacher at the Dual School from Santa Tecla Headquarters, received the Mechatronics Expert Training–Word Skills Americas, at SENAI-WSA-FESTO BRAZIL, from August 8 to 12, 2016.
    7. Roberto Carlos Gaitán Quintanilla, Teacher at the Computing School, from San Miguel Regional, participated in exchange on experiences in the research area of “Researcher Teachers”, belonging to the Scientific Research Academy of the Higher Education Institutions from the eastern zone of El Salvador, with their counterparts from the Martin Luther King Jr. University in Nicaragua, from April 23 to 26, 2016.
    8. Our rector, B.A. Elsy Escolar Santo Domingo, along with B.A. Mariela Galeano from the Internationalization Committee of ITCA-FEPADE attended the “CCID Annual Conference on Institutional Internationalization” from February 19 to 22, 2016 held at the Community College for International Development CCID, in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A
    9. The Japanese Chef Mr. Satoshi Seike, a volunteer of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), shared for a 2 years period his culinary knowledge with students of gastronomy at Santa Tecla Headquarters.
    10. – Mr. Ouchi, a volunteer of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), shared his knowledge with the students of the Electrical Engineering School of San Miguel Regional.