2011 Archive

December 2011 - Editorial by Jim Sharpe, Mount Saint Vincent University; Dr. Ann Vibert, Acadia University and Dr. Jeff Orr, St. Francis Xavier University in the Chronicle Herald, December 22, 2011; University Education Programs Responding to Needs

December 2011 - Universities Crucial to Meeting Canada's Productivity Challenge

December 2011 - Peter Halpin, Executive Director, Association of Atlantic Universities addresses the Advisory Panel on Canada's International Education Strategy. Click here for his remarks...

November 23, 2011 - HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia’s universities generate $750 million in export revenue annually, placing the university sector among the Province’s top five export sectors.

The Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP) today announced the key findings of a 2011 study (Export Value of Nova Scotia’s Universities) undertaken on its behalf by Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists (Gardner Pinfold). The study’s primary focus was a full-examination of the export value provided by Nova Scotia’s universities. It also considered the potential negative impacts of diminished Government funding on the sector’s ability to provide critical student services and to successfully continue attracting out-of-province and international students.

To read the Executive Summary, click here...

To read the Full Report, click here...

October 14, 2011 - Halifax, N.S. – Enrolments have increased in all key categories at Atlantic Canada’s universities for the third straight year. The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) today released its 2011-2012 Preliminary Survey of Enrolments (www.atlanticuniversities.ca).

The region’s universities experienced a 1.5 percent (year-over-year) increase in full-time undergraduate enrolment. In addition, universities increased enrolments of full-time graduate students (+2.3%) for the third straight year; a continuing significant increase in international students (+14.2%) and a continued, encouraging increase in first-year students (+2.6%).

AAU ENROLMENT DATA HIGHLIGHTS

2011-2012

  • Full-time Undergraduate – 68,048 (+1,032)
  • Full-time Graduate – 7,756 (+177)
  • International – 9,692 (+1,204)
  • First-Year – 14,342 (+365)

Dr. Robert Campbell, President, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and Chair, AAU, said the AAU’s continued positive enrolment trends add further evidence to the point of view that “demography is not destiny”.

“The declining regional demographic trend is well-known, particularly among the 18-21 age group, however, our universities continue to defy that trend by attracting more and more students from within the region, across the country and from around the world.”

Dr. Campbell also noted that university leaders are particularly heartened by the continued significant increase in the enrolments of international and first-year students.

He commented that, “young people and their parents worldwide recognize that a university education is an absolute requirement for the jobs being created in the knowledge economy. We are particularly pleased that our region and its universities continue to be recognized as an education destination.”

Because of challenging regional demographic trends, Dr. Campbell also said that, “While our enrolments have increased for three straight years, our universities must continue to work hard at being nationally and internationally competitive, by doing so we provide outstanding learning environments for our students and a prosperous economic future for Atlantic Canada and its communities.”

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) represents the interests of universities across the region, ensuring public visibility for the important role they play in preparing future leaders of our communities, in path-breaking research and innovation, and in contributing to the economic prosperity of life in Atlantic Canada.

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For more information, please contact:
Peter Halpin, Executive Director, AAU
(902) 425-4238 or (902) 497-4419
phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca

September 2011 - Editorial piece in The Chronicle Herald, September 25, 2011: An Ode to students

September 2011 - The AAU announces the winners of the 2011 AAU Teaching Awards, click here for more...

June 2011 - It takes a college (or two) to raise a shipbuilding program - by Peter Halpin, The Chronicle Herald

June 2011 - The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) has published a comprehensive research study which measures the extensive social and cultural contribution of universities in Atlantic Canada. Higlights of the report can be found in the following document.

 

For the full report Click here...

June 2011 - UNIVERSITY ENROLMENTS DEFY DEMOGRAPHY - AND THAT'S GOOD FOR THE REGION

Atlantic Canada’s population of 18-21 year-olds continues to decline, while more and more young people are enrolling in the region’s 17 universities. This policy paper, the sixth in a series published by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), argues that this 30-year trend is positive for the region. Indeed, one key to the region’s future, as its population ages, will be educating the next generation of knowledge workers at universities in Atlantic Canada. Click here...

June 2011 - The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) has published a comprehensive research study which measures the extensive social and cultural contribution of universities in Atlantic Canada. Thriving Together: Universities and Community in Atlantic Canada - shows that hundreds of thousands of Atlantic Canadians take advantage of the rich range of programs and events offered by universities, not only on campuses, but in communities at home and abroad. The report concludes that:

  • More than 500,000 people attended cultural events, such as live theatrical and musical performances, staged at Atlantic universities;
  • About 17,000 members of the region’s university community were involved in charitable undertakings;
  • Universities were involved in more than 800 charitable community service initiatives during the year;
  • The region’s three largest universities (Memorial, Dalhousie and the University of New Brunswick) each offered more than 500 programs across a wide variety of areas;
  • Canada’s East Coast universities delivered more than 800 recreational programs to people in the region;
  • More than 300 community services programs provided a range of benefits to people in the region, including legal and medical services.

Click here for the full report...

June 2011 - A little policy can go a long way , by Jim Meek, Progress Magazine

June 2011 - Time to enjoy the view - Launch of the Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI)

June 2011 - VIEWPOINT: 'Talent Shortage: Myth or Reality?' , by Kevin Stoddart, Vice President, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

May 20, 2011 - Nova Scotia Agricultural College Begins Merger Discussions. For the Nova Scotia Government News Release, click here...

April 29, 2011 - Peter Halpin, Executive Director, Association of Atlantic Universities presentation to the Dalhousie University Association of Graduate Students. Click here for more...

April 13, 2011 - Editorial article in The Chronicle Herald, " Demography does not have to be our destiny" - by Dr. John Harker, President, Cape Breton University and Chair, Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. Click here for more... 

April 2011 - "World Intellectual Property Day, April 26, is an annual celebration linking intellectual property and creativity." Click here for more...

March 2011 - Sixty-five participants from 24 member institutions met in Halifax recently to explore key issues, challenges and innovative solutions to transforming undergraduate education at Canadian universities. Dr. Robert Campbell, President, Mount Allison University and Chair, Association of Atlantic Universities, gave the opening address. Click here for more...

March 2011 - Moncton, New Brunswick- Atlantic Aboriginal People Strengthening their Partnership with Region’s Universities

Individuals and organizations dedicated to Aboriginal economic development in Atlantic Canada are gathering in Moncton this week as part of the continued implementation of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economy Building Strategy. The “Let’s All Help Each Other Conference on Aboriginal community based Research” will explore best practices and lessons learned for working collaboratively with Elders, and current research will be shared. There will also be Elder-led workshops and sharing circles, and recommendations from these sessions will be used to guide a future vision for conducting Aboriginal community based research. Click here for more...

March 2011 - The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Educaton (STLHE) and 3M Canada announced the recipients of the 2011 3M Teaching Fellowship awards. Among the winners are two Atlantic Canadian professors; Dr. Diana Austin, Department of English, University of New Brunswick and Dr. Adam Sarty, Department of Astronomy and Physics, Saint Mary's University.

The two have been recognized previously by the Association of Atlantic Universities; Dr. Austin was a recipient of the 2010 AAU Distinguished Teaching Award, and Dr. Sarty was a recipient of the 2007 Anne Marie MacKinnon Instructional Leadership Award.

Diana Austin , Department of English, University of New BrunswickAdam Sarty , Department of Astronomy and Physics, Saint Mary's University

January 2011 - Progress Media's Nova Scotia: Open to the world, Winter welcome edition; "Partners in Productivity", pg.14-17

January 11, 2011 - HALIFAX, NS. – The future challenges and opportunities related to regional energy transmission is the subject of a new television production from the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU). Click here for video...

Atlantic Energy Strategy and Futures will debut on the ‘A’ network, Sunday, January 16, 1 PM (AST).

The AAU production features a presentation by industry expert Roger Gale, GF Energy, Vancouver, and commentary from regional business leaders such as Rob Bennett, President, Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Stan Marshall, President, Fortis Inc.; former Nova Scotia Premier Dr. John Hamm; Dr. Colin Dodds, President, Saint Mary’s University; regional economist Elizabeth Beale, APEC, and well-known public affairs commentators Don Mills and Jim Meek.

Atlantic Energy Strategy and Futures was the subject of discussion at the AAU’s Atlantic Leaders' Summit, held in October 2010, Halifax.

For further information, contact:

Peter Halpin, Executive Director
(902) 425-4238
phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca

January 2011 - Progress Media's Nova Scotia: Open to the world, Winter welcome edition; "Partners in Productivity", pg.14-17 

January 11, 2011 - HALIFAX, NS. – The future challenges and opportunities related to regional energy transmission is the subject of a new television production from the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU). Click here for video...

Atlantic Energy Strategy and Futures will debut on the ‘A’ network, Sunday, January 16, 1 PM (AST).

The AAU production features a presentation by industry expert Roger Gale, GF Energy, Vancouver, and commentary from regional business leaders such as Rob Bennett, President, Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Stan Marshall, President, Fortis Inc.; former Nova Scotia Premier Dr. John Hamm; Dr. Colin Dodds, President, Saint Mary’s University; regional economist Elizabeth Beale, APEC, and well-known public affairs commentators Don Mills and Jim Meek.

Atlantic Energy Strategy and Futures was the subject of discussion at the AAU’s Atlantic Leaders Summit, held in October 2010, Halifax.

For further information, contact:
Peter Halpin, Executive Director
(902) 425-4238
phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca