In a time when Canada’s universities and colleges are being encouraged to work closer together to expand opportunities for students, Lakehead University and Georgian College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, outlining how both postsecondary institutions will embark on several new learning pathways.
Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson, and Georgian College President and CEO, Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, signed an MOU outlining the following joint initiatives:
– International Collaboration: Joint international recruiting of students from selective countries for specific program admissions
– In partnership with Georgian’s Anishnaabe Education and Training Circle and the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University, both institutions will collaborate on the development of new student pathways and programs specifically designed for Indigenous learners
– Extending opportunities for postsecondary education to Lakehead and Georgian College regional community partners using modern distance delivery modes (example: using videoconferencing/telepresence technology)
“Georgian College and Lakehead University share a commitment to addressing the postsecondary aspirations of people in Simcoe County and across Central Ontario,” Dr. West-Moynes said. “The three initiatives set out in the memorandum of understanding are excellent examples of how we are working together to create access to innovative programs that meet the needs of our communities and employers.”
“Lakehead University is very proud to count Georgian College as an important collaborator, and I am excited about what we have accomplished,” said Dr. Stevenson. “This partnership, which ties our institutions’ growth and capacity development together, further demonstrates how Lakehead and Georgian continue to benefit postsecondary education in, and the economic development of, Central Ontario.”
“We’ve worked very well together on this MOU,” explained Lakehead’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Rod Hanley. “These agreements are the culmination of numerous meetings of senior administrators and deans from both Georgian and Lakehead. Co-operation between Lakehead University and one of the most significant colleges in the country will only serve to benefit our students and communities.”
Any academic programs arising from this MOU’s ongoing discussions will be subject to negotiation and approval by Lakehead University’s Senate.