Dalhousie Welcomes Students from Canada’s North
Dalhousie University is announcing a 5-year agreement today (Wednesday, April 25th, 2012) that will make it easier for students attending college in Canada’s three northern territories to transfer programs to Dalhousie.
There are also plans to promote exchange programs and take part in joint research ventures in the North.
The new memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today in Yellowknife by Yukon, Aurora and Nunavut Arctic Colleges and a consortium of four of Canada’s leading universities - Dalhousie University, University of Laval, University of Alberta and University of Ottawa – known as the CALDO consortium.
The CALDO consortium universities do a great deal to ease the transition for international students coming to Canada. This expertise can now also help students from our remote northern communities who also encounter challenges when moving south to continue their education.
Many new research partnerships will be made possible by bringing the Yukon Research Centre, Aurora Research Institute and Nunavut Arctic Institute into closer collaboration with 160 research centres and 85 institutes that are part of the CALDO consortium.
The MOU hopes to establish a framework for the seven post-secondary institutions to:
- work collaboratively on program development and delivery;
- increase the number and range of course offered in the three northern colleges that are transferable to CALDO consortium universities;
- expand opportunities for degree completion at the three northern colleges;
- develop opportunities for student exchanges between the three northern colleges and CALDO consortium universities;
- develop ways to diminish transition challenges faced by students from the three northern colleges travelling to study at CALDO consortium universities and for CALDO consortium universities students going north;
- facilitate faculty and staff exchanges related to program delivery and research; and
- develop ways of promoting and facilitating joint research ventures among the seven post-secondary institutions.
“We are very excited to embark on this new partnership with the three northern colleges and our CALDO partners. It will offer amazing opportunities for students and faculty, including opening up the doors for new and innovative programs.” - Dr. Carolyn Watters, provost and vice president Academic at Dalhousie University.
“This will be a great opportunity for students, professors and researchers at Dalhousie and the CALDO partners along with the Northern Colleges to take part in joint research ventures that span our geographical and cultural boundaries.” - Dr. Carolyn Watters, provost and vice president Academic at Dalhousie University.