We met with the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Assistant Deputy Minister, Françoise Ducros, discussing the barriers to PSE confronting Aboriginal learners and communities, and the exemplary approaches of the member institutions which serve them.
National Research Council Transformation
On May 7, we issued a statement supporting the federal government’s proposed transformation of the National Research Council into “an industry-focused research and technology organization.” As has been reported, ACCC views this as “a positive shift for colleges” that recognizes the benefits of applied research, “which responds to the needs of industry.”
ACCC 2013 Conference | June 1-3, 2013 | Penticton, BC
Registrations for the 2013 ACCC Annual Conference are flooding in. “Ideas Uncorked” will showcase innovations, spotlight best practices, get participants talking and spark new ideas. Hosted by Okanagan College and sponsored by Workbay.net, the Conference takes place in the beautiful BC interior at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.
When completing your registration, don’t forget the pre-Conference events on Friday, May 31:
- Serving Indigenous Communities Forum
- Senior Finance Officers Network
- Senior Communications’ Officers Network
- Sustainable Campuses Forum
- India-Canada College Forum
- Colleges and Institute Fundraising & Friend-raising Forum
- Excellence in Sustainability of Rural & Remote Colleges.
Keynote speaker Mark David Milliron discusses Stepping Up to the Challenge of Education, addressing what to expect of students and the education systems if education is to be an economic, social, and personal game changer. Other keynote speakers include Wade Davis, anthropologist, author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Evan Solomon, Host of CBC News Network’s Power and Politics and CBC radio’s The House; Gwyn Morgan, founding CEO of Encana Corporation, Globe and Mail contributor and Member of the Order of Canada; and John Ralston Saul, award-winning essayist, novelist and Companion to the Order of Canada.
Please visit the Conference website for all the latest information on keynotes, registration and accommodation!
Access Copyright recently invited several institutions to discuss its services and responsiveness to post-secondary institutions. We recommended that members advise Access Copyright that their interests are represented by ACCC. ACCC is now the sole objector in the judicial proceeding on the post-secondary tariff filed by Access Copyright with the Copyright Board of Canada in March, 2010. The hearing is planned for February, 2014.
Transforming 200 Indian Polytechnics
Please join us in Penticton for the Canada-India Forum being held May 31, 2013 in advance of the ACCC Annual Conference. The National Skills Policy of India (2009) seeks to educate 500 million people by 2022 by creating demand-based skills development systems closely aligned with government policies on economic growth, employment generation, and social development. Indian education decision-makers will share views on upgrading polytechnics given employer demand for the specific skills, skill gaps in key sectors, the overall plan and financial resources, and the importance of institutional partnerships between Canada and India.
The Forum will focus on skills development, capacity-building, and institutional development. It will explore increasing the quantity and quality of Indian students attending Canadian colleges and institutes.
Please visit the Annual Conference website to register.
3rd Brazil-Canada Forum
The third Brazil-Canada Forum was held in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil from April 22 to 24, 2013. Eighty Canadians representing 13 member institutions discussed the Science without Borders program, increasing the number of Brazilian students in Canada through scholarships offered by the Brazilian government, staff mobility and applied research collaboration.
Some participants visited Brasilia to meet with the Brazilian Education Ministry to explore a new program for professional development abroad for Brazilian teaching staff. They met with the two agencies responsible for Science without Borders scholarships, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), to explain postgraduate education in Canadian colleges and institutes. The agencies expressed interest in sending more students to Canada.
ACCC is coordinating a mission to Brazil to promote Canadian college programs and to recruit students, planned for June 16 to 27, 2013. Contact Marie-Josée Fortin, Mehdi Abdelwahab or Sylvie Tavares.
As the pan-Canadian UNEVOC centre and the lead organization for the North American cluster of UNEVOC centres, ACCC is pleased to announce that the first issue of the UNEVOC North America Newsletter was published on May 1, 2013. The articles mention Collège Boréal, Centennial College, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, Cégep Marie-Victorin and Cégep de Matane.